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PhD in Education

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Earn an elite credential that empowers you to impact education at a higher level. Be a catalyst for positive change in your institution, organization, or community.

In Walden’s PhD in Education program, you can:

  • Join a thriving global collective of scholars and practitioners with diverse roles and viewpoints
  • Choose one of 11 specializations to align your coursework with your professional passion and goals.
  • Select your own research topic to focus on your area of interest—or to contribute new knowledge to a pressing issue in your field.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: November 30, 2020

Transfer Credits: Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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Gain skills to effectively design, modify, and evaluate curriculum and assessment practices using a systems approach.
Explore the latest research to understand and solve complex family, cultural, societal, and developmental influences that affect child development and learning.
Prepare to conduct continued research on best practices for early intervention and advance in the growing special education field.
Build your leadership and management skills to develop strategies and navigate the education spectrum from preschool through higher education
Learn to create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges and develop instructional design skills.
Deepen your understanding of current practices in higher education institutions and examine law, policy, and governance as a leader within higher education settings
Learn and apply effective leadership and management skills and strategies to facilitate positive social change.
Prepare to help learners translate creativity into innovative learning experiences utilizing authentic, engaging practices and assessments.
Gain skills to create a culture of continuous improvement within programs and organizations.
Impact the future of education as a researcher by customizing your doctoral program of study. Choose courses from a wide array of topics critical to P–20 education.
Explore best practices in reading, literacy, curriculum design and instruction, teacher professional development, and program evaluation and assessment.

Earn Your EdD While Balancing Priorities

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We now offer additional 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 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

Walden’s online PhD in Education program prepares you with the advanced expertise needed to address pressing issues in education and lead transformative change. Your doctorate can open doors beyond teaching and research careers, with potential roles including:

  • Director of education
  • Research director
  • Associate professor of education
  • Assistant professor of education
  • Adjunct instructor
  • Principal
  • Lecturer

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.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.
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.

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.

Why earn your PhD in Education at Walden?

Vaughn Bradley

“My dissertation chair, Donna Gee, inspired and challenged me to stay focused. She responded quickly to my concerns and provided me with valuable feedback on my dissertation drafts.”

Vaughn Bradley | PhD in Education Graduate

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved August 2017 from

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

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or 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 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.


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.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,