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Learn from a leader in doctoral education degrees.

You see where the field of education needs to go. Lead the way forward with an EdD online program from Walden University's CAEP-accredited Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Gain the skills and credentials to shape decision-making, solve complex problems, and forge brighter futures in a changing world. An EdD helps educators deepen their mastery of leading-edge developments in the field and positively influence learning outcomes in your school, district, or organization.

Educational Leader

Walden is No. 1 in education professional doctoral and PhD graduates in the U.S.1 and the choice for more than 150 state teachers of the year. Join a community of educational leaders.

Actionable Learning

Explore true-to-life challenges you’ll face in your career with Grand City, an interactive, multimedia simulation. Build practical skills in a safe yet authentic environment.

Capstone Component

Align your research capstone topic with your professional passion. Apply your newfound knowledge to your community or organization.

Personalized Support

You’re never alone in earning your EdD online. From research coaches to peer mentors, assistance is always available to help you stay on track.

Saving Opportunities

Are you an education professional with principal licensure and a minimum of three years of administrative experience? You may qualify for a 25-credit block transfer.

Faculty Excellence

Our faculty includes 300+ honorees for excellence in teaching and mentorship.

Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

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Specializations

Community College Leadership

Prepare to be a scholar-practitioner who can effectively lead successful 21st-century community colleges.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Gain expertise in the latest research and best practices in learner-centered curriculum.

Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

Gain the skills to foster positive outcomes in positions working with young children, families, and communities.

Educational Administration and Leadership (for Administrators)

Increase your ability to influence and transform your educational organization.

Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure)

Increase your ability to influence and transform your educational organization.

Educational Technology

Learn to develop and lead technology-supported solutions to learning challenges in the K–12 classroom.

Higher Education and Adult Learning

Prepare to design, develop, and lead successful adult learning programs within higher education institutions, corporations, and workforce development settings.

Higher Education Leadership and Management

Gain the leadership skills and management knowledge you need to lead meaningful and sustainable change across your institution.

Higher Education (Self-Designed)

Design a specialization that most closely matches your personal passions and professional goals.

P–20 Education (Self-Designed)

Create a highly customized doctoral experience unique to your personal and professional goals by choosing from a wide range of electives. 

Reading, Literacy, and Assessment

Gain expertise in the latest research and best practices in reading and literacy and influence achievement in these key areas.

Special Education

Advance your professional growth while deepening your understanding of the critical trends and issues impacting special education today.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for this doctoral program, you must have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university and meet the general admissions requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply. More information for international applicants.

A Program Designed With You in Mind

Finding a balance between work, studies, and your personal life is important. That’s why we’ve built a program with busy educators like you in mind. Although you’re learning online, you’re never in it alone. From start to finish, get access to a wealth of exceptional student resources designed to move you forward, from writing support to on-demand webinars.

Earning your doctorate is the ultimate intellectual challenge, and Walden’s online learning environment is designed to help all educators succeed. You bring your curiosity, drive, and determination. We’ll help you reach the finish line, step by step.

What’s the difference between an EdD and a PhD in Education? Learn more about the advantages of each program to decide which is best for you.

Be an Educator of the Future

In a complex education field, earning a “Dr.” in front of your name will open doors you never imagined. Go further in your career and attain a new level of credibility, respect, and influence with Walden’s EdD online program. Gain the insights to think bigger, create novel solutions, and impact the “big picture” for your school district or organization for years to come. Become a sought-after education expert and change-maker with the power to shape better student outcomes—and brighter futures.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning Your EdD?

Lead the Way in Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders


Being an effective educator means understanding the change that must happen in the field—and leading the charge to get there. Gain the skills and support you need to stay on the cutting edge with a Walden Doctor of Education degree.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for education administrators and postsecondary teachers are expected to grow at faster-than-average and much faster-than-average rates through 2029:2

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: 4%
  • Training and development managers: 7%
  • Postsecondary teachers: 9%
  • Elementary, middle, and high school principals: 4%

What Can I Do With an EdD?

As an EdD graduate, you can pursue teaching roles in K–12 and higher education settings as well as in healthcare, government, corporate, or nonprofit settings. This degree also prepares you for administrative positions, such as associate dean, director of education, or director of instruction.

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

Enhance Your Earning Potential

A Doctor of Education could potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for certain doctoral-level jobs as of May 2019 are as follows:3

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: $95,410
  • Training and development managers: $113,350
  • Postsecondary teachers: $79,540
  • Education administrators, elementary and secondary school: $96,400

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