Make a lasting impact with an EdD with a specialization in Educational Administration and Leadership (for Administrators).

Effective leaders help create bright futures. Nurture, transform, and influence your educational organization and community by pursuing your EdD with a specialization in Educational Administration and Leadership (for Administrators).

What does it mean to be a leader? Whether you’re using your influence to develop a thriving learning center or transform an educational organization, you understand the value of earning an advanced degree. The Doctor of Education (EdD) with a specialization in Educational Administration and Leadership (for Administrators) is designed exclusively for K–12 administrators who want to increase their ability to influence and transform their educational organization.

The program recognizes and rewards experienced leaders who have completed previous leadership training with a customized curriculum, a specially designed capstone doctoral project, and a block transfer of 25 quarter credits to move you forward in your program of study.

Gain the skills to build an effective, collaborative organization and enhance the K–12 student learning environment. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to integrate theory and practice to positively impact your career and the lives of your students. Through the program, you can also work to produce doctoral results that may apply directly to your district. Join an experienced group of educators who are striving to make a difference.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you can better prepare to:

  • Apply knowledge of current research and trends in education.
  • Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.
  • Collaborate with a variety of external stakeholders (teachers, families, community members) to address the diverse learning needs of students.
  • Manage resources effectively for the betterment of the learning environment.
  • Create an effective learning environment to enhance student learning.
  • Utilize technology to support student learning.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence to encourage a diverse learning environment.
  • Demonstrate positive professional dispositions (professional conduct, professional qualities, communication, and collaboration).
  • Use research-based data to promote student learning.
  • Effectively communicate with others (e.g., verbal, nonverbal, written, and technology-based).
  • Promote positive social change in the learning environment.

Career Impact

An EdD can pave the way for a variety of fulfilling careers both in and out of the classroom. Earning your EdD from Walden can prepare you to pursue professional, academic, administrative, research, or clinical positions in:*

  • The K–12 setting
  • Higher education
  • Private organizations
  • Public institutions
  • Civil service

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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

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

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Educator Certification Section of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-353-8567 or to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Note to all Washington residents: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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