You can become an educational leader through the highly focused, flexible learning experience provided by our online Doctor of Education program. You can further benefit from dedicated support services, nine specialization options, and the unique ability to transfer between degree programs.
Our Doctor of Education (EdD) program prepares you to become a more effective and influential leader as you apply the latest education strategies immediately in your learning environment, whether you’re working in P–12, early childhood, or higher education. Throughout the program, you will engage with real-world case studies, interactive tools, and doctoral intensive support courses that will help hone your research and scholarly writing skills, guide you through your courses, and prepare you for successful completion of your doctoral study or dissertation. Our knowledgeable faculty, staff, and support services are with you every step of the way—from the beginning of your Foundations course to the completion of your capstone.
We help you reach the finish line—even if your needs change along the way.
We have been helping doctoral students succeed for 45 years, and we know that sometimes things change-whether it's your goals, needs, lifestyle, or family situation. The unique Lifelong Learner Pathway for our online PhD in Education, EdD, and EdS programs allows you to switch degree programs more easily, offering unprecedented flexibility, support, and choices to empower you to complete your program, no matter what life may bring. This pathway allows you to:
- Earn your degree on a schedule that works for you. You will be registered for two courses per 11-week quarter, but you may elect to take only one course if you need a reduced course load or a greater balance between your studies, work, and personal commitments.
- You can switch degree paths even after starting your program. On our Lifelong Learner Pathway, you can start in one doctoral or post-master’s program and move to another degree program without losing time or money. See how it works.
- Be recognized for prior academic experience. You may be eligible to transfer credits from previous coursework.
Nine EdD degree specialization options provide a customized learning experience for teachers, principals, superintendents, early childhood educators, higher education administrators, curriculum specialists, and other professionals. Choose the specialization that matches your career goals:
The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.
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.
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What Graduates Are Saying About Our Online EdD Program
"Having the opportunity to choose my own research topic was extremely important, because 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
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