Walden University offers several options for educators who want to develop expertise beyond the master’s level to improve their effectiveness in the educational environment while earning credentials for career advancement.

The Education Specialist (EdS) program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Gain the skills necessary for advancement in your school, district, state, organization, or community.
  • Deepen your knowledge of leading-edge developments in a specific field of education while improving your ability to read, comprehend, and make use of current research.
  • Understand and manage complex education issues.
  • Promote positive social change by encouraging and inspiring students, teachers, staff members, families, and the community to work together to provide a safe and secure learning environment.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Become an informed educator who can lead a classroom, district, or college by knowing how to make research-based decisions.
  • Deepen your understanding of leading-edge developments in the field of education.
  • Conduct research for your doctoral study with the intent to positively influence education in your school, district, region, or state.
  • Transition into a faculty teaching position in higher education.

The PhD in Education program may be your best choice if you want to:

  • Develop the skills to address the nation’s most pressing educational challenges, in the context of a flexible program of study.
  • Conduct original research for your dissertation that will contribute to the education profession as a whole.
  • Drive positive social change by contributing to the body of education knowledge or by helping tomorrow's teachers improve their craft.
  • Transition into a faculty teaching position in higher education.