Online Learning Success

Education Specialist (EdS)

Increase your impact as an educator and take your career further with Walden’s EdS programs.

By earning your EdS online, you can:

  • Build your credentials faster and at a lower cost than it takes to obtain a doctoral degree.
  • Transfer in credits from prior coursework, further saving you time and money.
  • Explore real-world challenges in education and develop skills to create positive social change in your classroom, school, or community.

Fast Facts

Limited Time Offer: Speak with an enrollment advisor to learn about our current tuition savings and upcoming start dates.

Transfer Credits: Up to 22 credits

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Choose from a range of EdS programs, focused on a variety of disciplines:

  • EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • EdS in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)
  • EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure)
  • EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation)
  • EdS in Educational Technology
  • EdS in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
  • EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure)
  • EdS in Special Education (Non-Licensure)

For more information on your program of interest, please fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855-203-5779

Lifelong Learning Pathway

Discover the flexibility and support to advance your career faster while laying the groundwork for your doctorate. With our Lifelong Learner Pathway, students in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program and the EdS programs take the same initial courses, and all EdS courses transfer into an EdD specialization.

If you are inspired to earn your EdD, you can transfer seamlessly without starting over, saving you time and money.

More about our EdS programs

Walden’s EdS programs will allow you to strengthen your skill set as a leader. Your career options, depending on your program, may include a role as a:*

  • Curriculum specialist
  • District program director
  • Student support director

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

You will 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 costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this 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.
Our enrollment advisors 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.

CAEP Accredited Provider

Walden University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2019 through June 2026. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation, promoting excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Walden University earned CAEP accreditation by meeting rigorous national standards and demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

CAEP accreditation is based on a review of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership’s initial teacher preparation programs—the BS in Elementary Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education—and advanced educator preparation programs—the EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration and the MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration. Three of these programs were reviewed by Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), which defines content-area standards for programs, and achieved national recognition: Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education, EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration, and MS in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Why earn your EdS 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

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification

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.