Doctor of Education (EdD)

Improve the quality of educational programs and the delivery of curriculum in your community.

CAEP Accredited ProviderWhy choose Walden’s online Doctor of Education program?

  • Lead the way forward. Earn the degree that will help you become a more effective, influential leader in P–12, early childhood, special education, higher education, or other learning environments.

  • Engage in actionable learning with Grand City, an interactive, multimedia simulation.

  • Choose from 12 EdD specializations.

  • Get personalized support when you need it from research coaches and peer mentors.

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Next Start Date: July 10, 2023

Transfer Credits: Up to 39 credits

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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.
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.
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.
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 an effective and collaborative learning environment.
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.
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.
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.
This EdD specialization gives you maximum flexibility to build a customized doctoral experience unique to your professional and personal goals. Design your course of study from a wide array of topics critical to P–20 education.
Gain a multidisciplinary perspective as you learn to address challenges found across all industries and settings. Deepen your expertise in organizational needs assessment, program evaluation, leadership practice, and continuous improvement.
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.
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

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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:

  • Teaching and lifelong learning
  • Research and reflective analytical thought
  • Leadership and communication
  • Diversity
  • 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.

Doctoral Degree Coach

Earning your online Doctor of Business Education (EdD) requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help--with our Doctoral Degree Coach.

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    Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.

  • Meet Weekly Targets

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    Connect With Faculty

    Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.

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    Access Helpful Resources

    Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

More About Our EdD Program

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.

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

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

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping you identify and leverage opportunities to save money on your education. Get in touch with an Enrollment Specialist today at 888-968-5331 to learn more.
Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

Why Earn Your EdD at Walden?

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"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

Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the Doctor of Education (EdD) Program: Washington.

Note on teacher licensure or certification: This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.