Our PhD in Education degree program helps prepare education professionals to become leaders in their field.
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.
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:*
Walden PhD in Education graduates have gone on to pursue their careers and passions at some of today’s top institutions, including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.