With Walden’s PhD in Education program, you will explore your passion for education and develop the decision-making and leadership skills that can take you to a new level of influence and credibility in your field.

Through our PhD in Education program, you can benefit from:

  • Additional services offered to help you manage priorities.
  • Taking classes with EdD and EdS students to gain more perspective.
  • Face-to-face residencies which provide networking opportunities.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 58 months

Transfer Credits: Dependent on specialization chosen.

Choose from the specializations below:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure)
  • Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management
  • Educational Technology and Design
  • Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy
  • Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
  • Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Reading, Literacy, Assessment, and Evaluation (Non-Licensure)


Earn Your PhD While Balancing Priorities

We now offer additonal services to PhD in Education students to help you manage all of your priorities so you can achieve your goals.

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, Florida, and Anaheim, California.

Lifelong Learner Pathway

Save time and money if you decide to switch degree paths. With our Lifelong Learner Pathway, students in the Education Specialist (EdS), Doctor of Education (EdD), and PhD in Education programs take many of the same initial courses, so you can move between programs if the need arises.


More about our PhD in Education program

  • Careers

    Walden’s PhD in Education program will prepare you for a career as an educator, consultant, or practitioner. Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include a role as a:*

    • University professor
    • Educational consultant
    • Curriculum specialist
    • Sociologist
    • Survey researcher
    • Education instructor in the postsecondary setting
    • Clinical, counseling, or school psychologist
    • Training and development specialist
    *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 PhD in Education 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 PhD in Education 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 PhD in Education at Walden?

  • Research Your Passion

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

  • 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.

Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. As a recognized standard of excellence in professional education for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other preK–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures that the institution has met rigorous national standards set by the profession and members of the public. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to preK–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to www.waldenu.edu/edulicensure.

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Prospective Washington State students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6275 or prof.educ@k12.wa.us to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington State. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.



“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