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Earn your PhD in Education from a university ranked No. 1 doctoral research degree graduates.¹

Whether through research or practice, you’re passionate about making a difference for the future of education. Start your doctoral journey with Walden’s PhD in Education program. The PhD in Education is designed for education professionals who desire to advance the practice of education and strengthen the field’s scientific, theoretical, and technological foundations.

Learn from the leader

Earning your doctoral degree is no small feat, but you can put your trust in Walden. We are No. 1 in doctoral research degrees.1

world-class community of education leaders

Optimize your professional network within Walden’s thriving global collective of scholars and practitioners, including more than 150 state teachers of the year.

Personalized support

Choose your own research topic to focus on your area of interest or to contribute new knowledge to a pressing issue in your field.

personalized support at every step

From doctoral peer mentors to research coaches, we’re here to help you stay on track toward completion.

face-to-face networking

In-person residencies allow you to discuss your research interests, gain valuable insights, and form lifelong bonds with faculty and peers.

Tailor your program to the career you want

Choose from 11 specializations to customize your coursework, including a Self-Designed option for Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on March 1, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation

Gain skills to effectively design, modify, and evaluate curriculum and assessment practices using a systems approach.

Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

Explore the latest research to understand complex family, cultural, societal, and developmental influences that affect child development and learning.

Early Childhood Special Education

Prepare to conduct continued research on best practices for early intervention and advance in the growing special education field.

Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management

Build your leadership and management skills to develop strategies and navigate the education spectrum from preschool through higher education.

Educational Technology and Design

Learn to create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges and develop instructional design skills.

Higher Education Leadership, and Policy (Self-Designed)

Deepen your understanding of current practices in higher education institutions and examine law, policy, and governance as a leader within higher education settings.

Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy

Learn and apply effective leadership and management skills and strategies to facilitate positive social change.

Learning, Instruction, and Innovation

Prepare to help learners translate creativity into innovative learning experiences utilizing authentic, engaging practices and assessments.

Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

Gain skills to create a culture of continuous improvement within programs and organizations.

P–20 Education (Self-Designed)

Design your course of study by choosing from a wide range of electives that focus on issues critical to P–20 education.

Reading, Literacy, Assessment, and Evaluation

Explore best practices in reading, literacy, curriculum design and instruction, teacher professional development, and program evaluation and assessment.

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 doctoral degree 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 a PhD in Education and Doctor of Education (EdD) degree? Learn more about the advantages of each program to decide which is best for you.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a PhD in Education?

More and more, school districts, learning institutions, and government policymakers are turning to experts to help them address systemic issues in education. Walden’s online PhD in Education program prepares you with the advanced expertise needed to address these challenges and lead transformative change.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the following administrative and teaching occupations in education are projected to grow at healthy rates:2

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: 4%
  • Postsecondary teachers: 9%
  • Instructional coordinators: 6%
  • Training and development managers: 7%
Jobs for Postsecondary Teachers are expected to grow


through 2028—faster than the national average.2

What Can I Do With a PhD in Education?

A PhD in Education opens doors beyond teaching and research careers. With your doctorate, you can work in a range of settings and fields, including museums, government, engineering, technology, or healthcare/medical organizations.

Potential job roles for candidates with a PhD in Education include:3

  • Director of education
  • Research director
  • Associate professor of education
  • Assistant professor of education
  • Adjunct instructor
  • Principal
  • Lecturer

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

Enhance Your Earning Potential

A PhD in Education from Walden could potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the BLS, the annual median wage for certain PhD-level education jobs as of May 2019 are as follows:4

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: $95,410
  • Postsecondary teachers $79,540
  • Instructional coordinators: $66,290
  • Training and development managers: $120,960


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