Minimum Degree Requirements
- Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
- Foundations course (5 cr.)
- Specialization courses (30 cr.)
- Doctoral support courses (6 cr.)
- Research courses (20 cr.)
- Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
- Prospectus course (5 cr.)
- Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms)
- Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
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Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Program Admission Considerations: A master's degree or higher.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.
|66 quarter credits
|$745 per quarter hour for coursework credits
|20–120† quarter credits
|$745 per quarter hour for dissertation credits
|$175 per quarter
|$1,420 each (virtual)
$1,520 each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)
|(assuming completion in a 3-year timeframe)
|(assuming completion in an 8-year timeframe)
These are ranges of what a student can expect in terms of time and tuition cost to complete a degree. It does not include other fees, nor is it adjusted for tuition increases over time. Walden faculty has concluded that generally students who do not complete their program in eight years are unlikely to complete and only allow students to exceed that time frame when a student petitions for an extension and provides good reason for the delay and assurances that obstacles to completion can be overcome. Time is calculated using the time allowed for each semester or unit that the student completes. Students are encouraged to work continuously during the program so as not to extend the time needed to complete the degree as work can become stale and students lose focus. Students who earn two grades of “Unsatisfactory,” who repeatedly drop a course before a semester or unit has been completed, or are unable to complete in the eight year time frame, should expect that they may be dismissed from the program. Walden believes that it is in the best interest of a student who is unable to complete the degree in the stated ranges to strongly consider withdrawal or obtaining a lesser degree.
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 and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and/or individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; leaves of absence; and/or other personal circumstances.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included. Students may incur additional costs for remedial writing assistance, if necessary.
^This assumes students successfully complete their coursework on the first attempt.
† Based on a 3-year minimum completion requirement and an 8-year maximum timeframe as outlined in Walden academic policy.
*Tuition and fees will be higher if students petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe or choose to take more expensive elective courses.
+Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition discounts. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-642-0198.
Paying for Your Education
Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.
Looking to reach your potential with a doctoral degree? We want to support you by making your goals more achievable. Receive up to a $5,000 grant if you start this program on February 26, 2024. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.
Specialization Learning Outcomes
In addition to the core program learning outcomes, graduates of this specialization will be prepared to:
- Evaluate ethical and legal elements of policies and programs in early childhood special education to ensure high quality education delivery to families who have children with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
- Engage in effective leadership practices, including collaboration and advocacy, to promote positive outcomes for young children with exceptionalities and their families.
- Implement valid research-based assessment measures to facilitate learning and behavioral interventions for children (birth to 8) with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
- Apply research-based strategies to improve data-driven decision making surrounding supports and services for children with exceptionalities (birth to 8) with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs
- Facilitate the continuous improvement of early childhood special education programs/supports/services for children with exceptionalities (birth to 8) and their families.
- Effectively collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes for children with exceptionalities (birth to 8) and their families.
- Synthesize a variety of perspectives that promote professional growth and positive social change in the early childhood special education field. Effectively collaborate with stakeholders to improve outcomes for children with exceptionalities (birth to 8) and their families.
- Conduct research that positively contributes to the profession and social change in relation to an identified early childhood special education problem.
I am passionate about advancing the field of education by ensuring that every student receives high-quality teaching, particularly in higher education.
When I go to our state Senate for hearings, having the ‘Dr.’ in front of my name will give me a deeper level of credibility.
Perseverance was the key to completing my dissertation. It was important to read and write every day.