Online Doctor of Education (EdD)

Lead the way in educational transformation with Walden’s applied online Doctor of Education program.
Lead the way in educational transformation with Walden’s applied online Doctor of Education program.

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Online Doctor of Education (EdD)

Ready to Get Started?

Fill out the form and we will contact you to provide information about furthering your education.

Please use our International Form if you live outside of the U.S.

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Why Choose Walden?


Get personalized guidance at every step from Enrollment Specialists, peer mentors, writing coaches, tech support, and more.


Strengthen your scholarship, skills, and professional practice through a dissertation or capstone that supports your career goals.


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Map and track milestones, meet weekly targets, connect with faculty, and find support using this personalized digital resource.


Begin your 100% online EdD program when it’s most convenient for you—there are eight start dates each year.


Expand your professional expertise and tailor your coursework to fit your career plan in one of 13 areas of EdD specialization.

Program Details

Admission 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.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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Doctoral Degree Coach™: A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your Doctor of Education (EdD) requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

Program Outcomes

A Doctoral Program for Education Visionaries

Whether you want to address challenges facing public schools or advance your expertise in curriculum and instruction, our Doctor of Education program lets you focus your studies on your passion with various specialization offerings. Gain the insights to think bigger, create novel solutions, and impact 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theoretical knowledge to solve educational problems.
  • Critically analyze education-related issues
  • Align research methodologies to questions and hypotheses addressing issues in educational practice.
  • Communicate with diverse stakeholders to advocate for students in educational settings.
  • Practice ethically as a professional in the field of education.
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to promote continuous improvement in educational settings.
  • Promote equity in education programs and policies.
  • Advocate for social change to make a positive impact in educational settings.


FAQ About Walden’s Online Doctor of Education (EdD)

Why should you earn your Doctor of Education degree?

The benefits of earning your Doctor of Education (EdD) are numerous. An EdD is a terminal degree in education practice, which means earning your doctorate will put you among the most educated in your field. The degree can be an important part of your résumé and can help demonstrate to potential employers that you have the education and skills necessary to succeed at a high level. Whether your chosen field is K–12, early childhood, or higher education, or whether you focused on program development, policymaking, or corporate education, earning a Doctor of Education degree can take your career to new heights.

What can I specialize my EdD degree in?

When you pursue your Doctor of Education (EdD) degree, there are a lot of great specialization options from which to choose. Select the one that is most aligned with your passion and goals and your work will become even more important to you. Walden University offers a number of options, including:

  • Community College Leadership
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Administration and Leadership
  • Educational Technology
  • Higher Education and Adult Learning
  • Higher Education Leadership and Management
  • Higher Education (Self-Designed)
  • P–20 Education (Self-Designed)
  • Reading, Literacy, and Assessment
  • Special Education
What is a doctoral study?

As a doctoral student, you will learn research methods, plan and design your research, and present your findings in a scholarly paper called a doctoral study. The study’s purpose is to make an original contribution to your field by creating a practical solution to a real problem.

In a doctoral study, you will identify a problem, present your methodology, describe your project, make observations about your findings, and present your practical solution. The doctoral study’s components demonstrate your competence in research and research design, your subject matter expertise, and your command of critical thinking and academic writing.

What is the difference between a PhD and a professional doctorate?

A PhD degree, also known as an academic doctoral degree, can be pursued by college graduates who don’t yet have relevant work experience or by working professionals who are interested in using their advanced research skills and dissertation to add to the existing body of knowledge in their field.

A professional doctorate is designed for working professionals with practical experience in their field. Professionals often choose a doctoral program to increase their knowledge, advance their careers, and translate their work experience into a higher position of credibility, leadership, and influence. The coursework and research allow students to connect existing theories with practice. Professional doctoral research focuses more on applying existing theories and knowledge to address real-world problems.

What are some career options for EdD graduates?

An EdD can lead to a career either inside or outside traditional education settings. Thanks to the problem-solving skills taught in EdD degree programs, a variety of public and private organizations seek out EdD graduates to fill important positions. Some of the jobs held by graduates of EdD degree programs include:

  • K–12 administrator
  • University dean or associate dean
  • University faculty
  • Education policymaker or policy writer
  • Education researcher
  • Superintendent
  • School principal
  • Education program director or coordinator
  • Adult educator and trainer
  • Civil service leader

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

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1Based on 2021 IPEDS data

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Outlook Handbook | Postsecondary Education Administrators | Training and Development Managers | Postsecondary Teachers | Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

3Source: BLS | Education Administrators, Postsecondary

Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2019 through June 2026. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation, promoting excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. The Riley College of Education and Human Sciences earned CAEP accreditation by meeting rigorous national standards and demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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.