Through our Doctor of Education (EdD) program, you can gain advanced knowledge, leadership skills, and management competencies and prepare to lead transformative change across your institution.

Our Doctor of Education (EdD) program prepares education professionals from a variety of settings to be effective and influential leaders, providing insights and strategies that can be applied immediately in their careers. Nine different specializations provide a highly focused learning experience for teachers, principals, superintendents, higher education administrators, curriculum specialists, and other professionals required to practice strong, evidence-based decision-making. The EdD degree emphasizes the application of research and theory to solve complex, real-world problems of practice.

Our online EdD program focuses on improving student learning at the classroom and school levels, empowering you to make a difference.

Why earn your Doctor of Education from Walden?

  • Our leadership-focused curriculum was developed with input from recognized experts in higher education who have high-level experience in such areas as learning college framework, outcomes assessment, and research models for highly engaging and effective institutions.
  • Face-to-face academic residencies allow you to connect, collaborate, and network with faculty and peers while advancing your research.
  • Through an EdD doctoral study, you have the opportunity to conduct original research and devise a practical solution for a problem you’re passionate about.
  • Choose from nine different Doctor of Education specializations, allowing you to focus your learning in an area that matches your career goals:

Administrator Leadership for Teaching and   Learning (Non-Licensure)

Adult Education

College Teaching and Learning

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Early Childhood

Higher Education Leadership

Reading and Literacy Leadership

Special Education

Teacher Leadership

Are you unsure about the differences between a PhD, EdD, and EdS degree program? View our program comparison or speak to an enrollment advisor to see which one is right for you.

Find information about Walden programs and licensure requirements specific to your state.

What Students Are Saying About Our Online EdD Program

“Having the opportunity to choose my own research topic was extremely important to me because for me this was my career, this was my vision for my life, and I wanted to be able to have some say-so and to be empowered as to the direction I would take my career.”
Curtis Alston, Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate

“What motivated me to go with the EdD program was that it offered the courses that I needed to become a stronger leader in education and to be a scholar, which is ultimately what I wanted to do.”
Suzette Henry, Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate


Find out why more than 100 state teachers of the year have chosen to pursue their degrees at Walden University.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

  • Grants and tuition reductions available.

  • Scholar of Change

    Benjamin Isaac

    Hear how Benjamin Isaac, EdD student, is inspiring children with special needs.

    Watch his story.

  • “Not only have I grown professionally through the coursework as both a teacher and a researcher, but Walden has also provided great support to help me learn to become an online student!”

    Pamela Williams
    Doctor of Education (EdD) Student and 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year

  • The Completion Agenda

    Learn more about the Completion Agenda from Dr. Terry O'Banion.  Listen to his informative interview with Higher Ed Talk Radio or watch a free on-demand webinar.

  • Move Ahead

    Complete your doctoral study or dissertation with the added support of a Capstone Intensive Retreat.

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  • Dollar signReceive a $5,000 grant when you
    start the Doctor of Education (EdD)
    program on June 29, 2015.

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