Walden’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program is designed specifically for educators, administrators, and leaders working in P–12, early childhood, or higher education who want to continue making a difference to improve student learning.

Our online EdD program allows you to:

  • Choose from nine specializations to focus your learning on your interests and goals.
  • Learn how you can immediately make a positive impact on your school or district.
  • Hone your advanced research and scholarly writing skills.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 52 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 38 credits

  • Community College Leadership

    Consider this specialization if you are an educator looking to further your career in the community college landscape or if you are employed in businesses and policy development related to higher education.

  • Higher Education and Adult Learning

    The Higher Education and Adult Learning specialization is designed for professionals who plan to design, develop, and lead successful adult learning programs within higher education institutions, corporations, and workforce development settings.

  • Higher Education Leadership and Management

    The Higher Education Leadership and Management specialization can help you gain the leadership skills and management knowledge you need to lead meaningful and sustainable change across your institution.

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    In this specialization, you will gain expertise in the latest research and best practices in learner-centered curriculum and instructional design, instructional strategies, effective teaching, program evaluation, student assessment, and teacher professional development.

  • Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

    Prepare to foster positive outcomes for young children and their families with this specialization of the EdD program. Explore the complex familial, cultural, societal, and developmental influences that affect child development and learning.

  • Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure)

    Designed for K–12 administrators who want to increase their ability to influence and transform their educational organization, this specialization of the EdD program will help you gain the skills needed to build and effective and collaborative learning environment.

  • Educational Technology

    The EdD with a specialization in Educational Technology is designed for K–12 educational leaders who want to initiate and implement change at the district, regional, state, and federal levels.

  • Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure)

    In this EdD specialization, you will develop skills and strategies that can improve reading and curriculum outcomes across the educational spectrum, including classroom instruction, program design, and policy implementation.

  • Special Education (Non-Licensure)

    The Doctor of Education (EdD) with a specialization in Special Education can position you to advance in this growing field. Educators with advanced degrees in special education are the leaders in school districts, communities, institutions of higher education, and the profession.

Earn Your EdD While Balancing Priorities

We offer additional services to EdD students to help you achieve your goals while balancing work, life, and other priorities.

Benefit from customized registration, doctoral support podcasts, virtual check-in groups, and accommodating faculty. To support family needs, residencies for this program are held in family-friendly locations such as Orlando and Anaheim, California.

Learning Outcomes

Walden’s EdD program is designed for educators, by educators. The program’s learning outcomes are built upon five critical components:

  1. Teaching and lifelong learning
  2. Research and reflective analytical thought
  3. Leadership and communication
  4. Diversity
  5. Collaborative social change

As you develop expertise in these areas, you will learn how to promote equity and excellence as you prepare to assume an influential role in your school and/or community.


More about our EdD program

  • Careers

    Depending on your specialization, earning your EdD can prepare you to pursue professional, academic, administrative, research, or clinical positions in:*

    • The P–12 setting (educator, administrator, specialist, department chair)
    • Higher education (faculty, administration, leader)
    • Private organizations
    • Public institutions
    • Civil service
    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
  • Entry Requirements

    A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into the EdD program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the EdD program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

  • Accreditations

    NCATEThe Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

Why earn your EdD at Walden?

  • Learn With Leaders

    Walden is the choice for more than 100 state teachers of the year.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Research Your Passion

    Select your own doctoral study topic and research what interests you.



“I am a first-generation college graduate. By earning my degree, I’ve set a positive example for my son. I know I’ve shown him that he can do anything."

Kimberly Sabrina McDuffie | EdD Graduate