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PhD in Education

Become an independent scholar and thought leader.

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.

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Develop evidence-based action plans to positively impact any educational application, and to see meaningful and sustainable social change. Designed for educators who wish to influence positive educational change and improved student and school performance through ongoing research in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and evaluation.
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Prepare the next wave of educators in the early childhood special education field. This specialization positions educators to advance in this growing field and to conduct continued research on best practices for early intervention.
Build upon your leadership and management abilities and learn to influence educational policy at local, national, and institutional levels.
Prepare to create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges, collaborate digitally to demonstrate awareness of local and global interrelationships and diverse perspectives, and develop instructional design skills.
Explore the systems, policies, and politics of higher education. 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. Develop learning solutions grounded in principles of brain-based learning.
Create a culture of continuous improvement within programs and organizations, and evaluate programs in a systematic way in order to address and resolve problems and engage in evidence-based decision making.
Learn 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 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
  • Survey researcher
  • Education instructor in the post-secondary 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.

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 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 , 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 .

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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness. Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for a period of 7 years, from April 24, 2012, to June 30, 2019. In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation. Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018.


Why earn your PhD in Education 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

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

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.