Earn an online EdD degree and become a more effective and influential leader.

Walden’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program is designed specifically for educators, administrators, and leaders working in P–12, early childhood, or higher education who want to continue making a difference to improve student learning.

  • Choose from 10 online doctorate in education specializations to further your content knowledge and conduct research.
  • Hone your research and scholarly writing skills in our doctoral support courses and prepare for successful completion of your doctoral study or dissertation.
  • Progress at your pace with a flexible approach that allows you to take either one or two courses at a time to speed up or slow down based on your preference.
  • Benefit from NCATE accreditation, which assures that our institution meets rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public.
  • Receive critical doctoral support from beginning to end. In addition to our student support services, our Foundation course and Doctoral Intensive Support courses allow you to explore real-world case studies and examples of successful capstones. You will also practice the essential research and writing skills you need to succeed in a doctoral program throughout your coursework and while attending your academic residency.
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Compare Walden’s Doctoral Education Programs

Walden offers both an online Doctor of Education degree and PhD in Education to meet your career goals. View the chart to help you determine which program is right for you.

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Career Impact

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is the degree of choice for educators who are passionate about making a positive, sustainable impact on student learning and achievement.

An EdD degree 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

Where Our Doctor of Education Graduates Work

Walden EdD graduates have gone on to pursue their careers and passions at some of today’s top institutions, including:

  • Auburn University
  • Department of Defense
  • Drexel University
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Kent State University
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Sylvan Learning
  • Tufts University
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy

Learn more about the diverse careers held by graduates of our online EdD program.

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

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

The ability to transfer credit at Walden can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education. Complete your required coursework sooner by transferring applicable required graduate credits into a Walden degree program.

Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on specializations below.

Choose Your Speed: Progress at Your Pace.

You can work toward your degree at a speed that fits your schedule. This program offers two speeds to complete your program, allowing you the flexibility to progress at a pace that’s right for you:

  • Traditional: Take one course at a time. Advance through the program steadily while managing other commitments.
  • Fast Track: Take two courses at once. Focus more time on the program and complete your degree sooner.

After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.

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Earn Your EdD 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

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.

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