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Choose a university ranked No. 1 in doctoral research degree graduates.¹

You were meant to accomplish great things in the field of education. Walden’s online PhD in Education program can empower you to lead the change you want to see.

As the Educator of Educators®, we understand the unique needs of distance PhD students. That’s why each step of your doctoral journey purposefully integrates tools, resources, and guidance to support your success. Join a community of scholar-practitioners who are as passionate about educational transformation as you are—and take your career to places you never imagined.

A PhD program offers educators the opportunity to advance the practice of education as postsecondary teachers, researchers, or school administrators.

Why Choose Walden?

Learn from the leader

We’re No. 1 in education professional doctoral and PhD graduates in the U.S.¹, with over five decades of distance learning expertise.

Focus on Your Passion

Receive support choosing a research topic that reflects your interests and helps you use findings to create meaningful change.

Move Ahead With Confidence

Our comprehensive suite of doctoral services empowers you to conduct sound research and successfully defend your dissertation.

Program Savings

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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.

Program Details

Earn Your Master of Philosophy Degree Along the Way

Walden understands the rigors involved with preparing for your doctorate. To signify how far you’ve come on your journey, you will be eligible to be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree upon completion of program requirements, prior to completion of your dissertation.

Walden is one of a few universities that offer this advanced research master’s degree. Highlight your academic achievement and show employers and others that you possess comprehensive knowledge in your field of study.

Admission Requirements

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.

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 PhD in Education 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 PhD Degree Program With a Personal Feel

Whether you want to address challenges facing public schools or advance your expertise in curriculum and instruction, our online PhD program in education lets you focus your studies with one of 11 specializations. In-person residencies empower you to share your research interests, gain valuable insights, and form lifelong bonds with faculty and peers. At every step of your program, Walden’s doctoral peer mentors and research coaches are here to help you stay motivated and on track.

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

Increasingly, school districts, learning institutions, and government policymakers are turning to experts to help them address systemic issues in education. Earning your online PhD in Education prepares you with the advanced expertise needed to address these challenges and lead transformative change.

A PhD in Education degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as:2

  • Faculty/professor
  • Director
  • Researcher
  • Chair
Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow


through 2029.3

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

  • Schools/school districts
  • Community colleges/colleges
  • Universities
  • Research institutions

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

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize content knowledge grounded in a specific educational discipline.
  • Critically analyze education-related issues.
  • Align research methodologies to questions and hypotheses addressing problems in the discipline of education.
  • Communicate ideas to a variety of audiences related to the profession using oral and written scholarly formats.
  • Practice ethically as a scholar in the field of education.
  • Integrate a focus on global diversity and multiculturalism into solving problems in education.
  • Evaluate the role of education in advancing social justice and positive social change.



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