Walden University’s online PhD in Education program is a premier doctoral experience for preparing professionals to become leading education researchers, scholars, and practitioners in a variety of settings.

  • Ten specializations—Focus your learning on an area that matches your goals.
  • Research what you’re interested in—Select your own dissertation topic and research something that you are passionate about. Engage in dissertation research that allows you to contribute new knowledge to your field with respect to a pressing issue, problem, or need.
  • Interact with faculty and peers—Four residency experiences are offered, two of which may be taken virtually. At the residencies, you will have opportunities to discuss your research interests and the research process with faculty and students and expand your professional network.

Career Impact

The PhD in Education program is designed for education professionals who desire to advance the practice of education and strengthen the field’s scientific, theoretical, and technological foundations.

As a graduate of this doctorate in education program, you may pursue a variety of career opportunities focused on research and training. Potential career options include:*

  • Sociologist
  • Survey researcher
  • Education instructor in the postsecondary setting
  • Training and development specialist

Where Our PhD in Education Graduates Work

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

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Champlain College
  • Colorado Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • The federal government
  • Gwinnett County Board of Education
  • House of Representatives, Liberia
  • IBM Corporation
  • New York City Department of Education
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Winthrop-University Hospital


Read more about the accomplishments of our doctoral graduates.

*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 the Special Education Specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Compare Walden’s Doctoral Education Programs

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


Earn Your PhD 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.


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.


Reagan Romali

Reagan Ferragamo Romali

PhD in Education Graduate
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.
My degree from Walden has certainly opened doors for me and created opportunities I might not otherwise have had.
Now that I’ve earned my Ed.D. from Walden, I can really effect positive social change and build bridges between mothers and healthcare professionals. I love what I do.
Kimberly Sabrina McDuffie EdD Graduate
Kimberly McDuffie
Rita Gloria Sawyer PhD in Education Graduate
Rita Gloria Sawyer
Katrina Fuller EdD Graduate
Katrina Fuller

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.

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.

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