Learn from a leader in doctoral education degrees.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)You see where the field of education needs to go. Lead the way forward with an EdD online program from CAEP-accredited Walden University. 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.

Why Pursue Your EdD Online With Walden?

  • Learn from the 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.
  • Engage in 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.
  • Translate insights into real-world impact: Align your research capstone topic with your professional passion. Apply your newfound knowledge to your community or organization.
  • Get personalized support when you need it: 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.
  • Save time and money on your EdD: 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.

Walden Facts


Walden is No. 1 in education professional doctoral and PhD graduates in the U.S.1

According to the BLS, jobs for postsecondary teachers are expected to grow by 15% through 2026.2

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.

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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.

Doctor of Education Specializations

P–20 Education (Self-Designed)


The P–20 Education (Self-Designed) specialization gives you maximum flexibility to create a highly customized doctoral experience unique to your personal and professional goals. Design your course of study by choosing from a wide range of electives that focus on issues critical to P–20 education.

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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.

Meet Your Walden Doctoral Academic Advisors

Meet Your Walden Doctoral Academic Advisors

At Walden University, our academic and enrollment advisors have your back every step of the way. Every day. Does this sound like the support you want? Don’t hesitate. Now is the time to earn your doctoral degree from Walden.

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 2026:2

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: 10%
  • Training and development managers: 10%
  • Postsecondary teachers: 15%
  • Elementary, middle, and high school principals: 8%

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 from Walden 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 2018 are as follows:3

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: $111,210
  • Training and development managers: $121,730
  • Postsecondary teachers: $85,190
  • Education administrators, elementary and secondary school: $98,750



Earn Your Doctor of Education Degree While Balancing Priorities

At Walden we understand that you likely work full time and may care for children or other family members. Explore our support services designed to help you balance family commitments with your work and school responsibilities. We’re all in it together.



Katrina Fuller

Katrina Fuller

EdD Graduate
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden was the relationships and network that I formed.
Being able to exercise, rehearse, and express my ideas regarding my passion in education has been a reflective process. I realized we should all aim to effect positive social change in our communities. If we leave a positive mark, then our job has been done well!
I am a first-generation college graduate. By earning my degree, I’ve set a positive example for my son. I know I’ve shown him that he can do anything.
Angela Valdez EdD Graduate
Angela Valdez
Gustavo Sever EdD Graduate
Gustavo Sever
Kimberly Sabrina McDuffie EdD Graduate
Kimberly McDuffie

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Walden University 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. Walden University 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.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

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.

1Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education. Statistics. Retrieved August 2017 using “Completions” survey from https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/login.aspx?gotoReportId=7.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Education Administrators; Training and Development Managers; Postsecondary Teachers; Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

3Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries, and are subject to change.

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