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Walden is No. 1 in education professional doctoral graduates in the U.S.¹

Are you ready to reach your full potential as an educational leader and innovator? Walden’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program is the way forward. We’ve spent the last 50 years breaking down doctoral completion barriers for busy education professionals who want to rise to the top of their field.

Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, or consultant, our actionable online learning experience focuses on the practical knowledge you need to deepen your impact. Build your expertise and confidence and become a catalyst for positive change in your institution and your community.

An online Doctor of Education degree prepares educators to solve pressing educational problems and improve learning outcomes in their organization and beyond.

Why Choose Walden?

Learn From a Leader

Known as the Educator of Educators®, Walden has been helping education professionals fulfill their career goals for more than 50 years.

Master Skills That Matter

Our Doctor of Education program focuses on the most critical, contemporary challenges in the field.

Pursue Your Interests

Create the change you want to see by aligning your research capstone topic with your professional passion.

Reach the Finish Line

From research coaches to peer mentors, our Doctoral Support Services help keep you moving forward at every step of your program.

Program Savings

Speak with an Enrollment Specialist to learn about our current tuition savings.

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Community College Leadership

Prepare to be a scholar-practitioner who can effectively lead successful 21st-century community colleges.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Gain expertise in the latest research and best practices in learner-centered curriculum.

Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

Gain the skills to foster positive outcomes in positions working with young children, families, and communities.

Educational Administration and Leadership (for Administrators)

Increase your ability to influence and transform your educational organization.

Educational Administration and Leadership (Non-Licensure)

Increase your ability to influence and transform your educational organization.

Educational Technology

Learn to develop and lead technology-supported solutions to learning challenges in the K–12 classroom.

Higher Education and Adult Learning

Prepare to design, develop, and lead successful adult learning programs within higher education institutions, corporations, and workforce development settings.

Higher Education Leadership and Management

Gain the leadership skills and management knowledge you need to lead meaningful and sustainable change across your institution.

Higher Education (Self-Designed)

Design a specialization that most closely matches your personal passions and professional goals.

Organizational Leadership and Development

Get the expertise to lead your organization forward.

P–20 Education (Self-Designed)

Create a highly customized doctoral experience unique to your personal and professional goals by choosing from a wide range of electives. 

Reading, Literacy, and Assessment

Gain expertise in the latest research and best practices in reading and literacy and influence achievement in these key areas.

Special Education

Advance your professional growth while deepening your understanding of the critical trends and issues impacting special education today.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this doctoral program, you must have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university and meet the general admissions requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply. More information for international applicants.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your Doctor of Education (EdD) requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

Program Outcomes

A Doctoral Program for Education Visionaries

Whether you want to address challenges facing public schools or advance your expertise in curriculum and instruction, our Doctor of Education program lets you focus your studies on your passion with various specialization offerings. Gain the insights to think bigger, create novel solutions, and impact your school district or organization for years to come. Become a sought-after education expert and change-maker with the power to shape better student outcomes—and brighter futures.

Career Outlook – Online Doctor of Education

Being an effective educator starts with understanding the change that must happen in the field—and then leading the charge to create it. An online Doctor of Education degree can empower you with greater credibility, respect, and influence and open doors you never imagined.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for education and school administrators and postsecondary teachers are expected to grow at faster-than-average rates through 2029:3

Walden University is home to more than


State Teachers of the Year.2

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: 4%
  • Training and development managers: 7%
  • Postsecondary teachers: 9%
  • Elementary, middle, and high school principals: 4%

A Doctor of Education degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as:4

  • Faculty/professor/instructor/lecturer
  • Program director
  • Educational leadership
  • Instructional designer

A Doctor of Education degree can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Universities and school districts

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theoretical knowledge to solve educational problems.
  • Critically analyze education-related issues
  • Align research methodologies to questions and hypotheses addressing issues in educational practice.
  • Communicate with diverse stakeholders to advocate for students in educational settings.
  • Practice ethically as a professional in the field of education.
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to promote continuous improvement in educational settings.
  • Promote equity in education programs and policies.
  • Advocate for social change to make a positive impact in educational settings.


Meet Your Academic Team

  • Martha Cheney

    Program Director

    Dr. Cheney began her career as a writer in educational publishing and has taught preschool and primary school students. She serves as a Specialty Professional Associations (SPA) program reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

  • Mark Clauburg

    Mark Clauburg

    Program Director

    Dr. Clauburg is the program director for Walden’s EdS in Educational Technology, MS in Instructional Design and Technology, and PhD in Education programs. He holds an EdD in Instructional Technology from Nova Southern University and a master’s from Stockton University.


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