Online EdS Degree Programs at Walden University

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Women discussing Ed.S. degree programWhen you earn an Education Specialist (EdS) degree online, you can gain specialized skills that can help you take your career further—and make a positive, sustainable impact on student learning and achievement. Walden’s EdS programs are designed to give you advanced knowledge and leadership skills to prepare you to become a leading educator in a variety of K–12 settings. Study the latest developments through interactive case studies and real-life scenarios, while leveraging current research and technology to navigate complex educational issues.

If you’re not ready to pursue a doctorate, the EdS degree is a faster, more affordable way to increase your expertise in a specific area, enhance your value as an educator, and qualify for a leadership role. As an EdS student, you will complete an integrated capstone project instead of a doctoral study or dissertation.

Through Walden’s Lifelong Learner Pathway, you can switch to the EdD program without having to start over—saving you time and money.

Find the Education Specialist degree online that best fits your educational goals below:

EdS in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

EdS in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

EdS in Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure)

EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Preparation)

EdS in Educational Technology

EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure)

EdS in Special Education (Non-Licensure)

Benefits of Our Online EdS Degree Programs:

  • Advance your career faster. An EdS degree can make a dramatic impact on your salary and career trajectory in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn an EdD or a PhD in Education. You may be able to earn your EdS from Walden in as little as 2 years and 3 months.*
  • Lay the groundwork for your doctorate. As an EdS student, you will take the same initial courses as EdD and PhD in Education students, where you exchange ideas and engage in advanced graduate coursework, giving you new knowledge and perspectives to consider. If you are inspired to pursue your doctorate, our Lifelong Learner Pathway allows you to transfer seamlessly into the EdD program without starting over, saving you time and money. See how it works.
  • Get recognized for prior academic experience. You may be eligible to transfer credits earned at previous academic institutions, saving you even more time and money in earning your degree.
  • Benefit from extensive support. From your initial Foundation course all the way to completion of your capstone project, we are here to help you continuously progress in your coursework and complete your program.
  • NCATE accreditation assures you that our programs are high quality. 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. As a recognized standard of excellence in preparing K–12 school professionals, NCATE accreditation ensures we have met rigorous national standards.

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 our programs and licensure requirements specific to your state.

*Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


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