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PhD in Education

Make an impact. Become an independent scholar and a thought leader. With Walden’s PhD in Education program, you will explore your passion for education and develop the decision-making and leadership skills that can take you to a new level of influence and credibility in your field. With Walden, you receive unparalleled support and unprecedented flexibility in degree choices, transfer of credit opportunities, and program completion options. With our Lifelong Learner Pathway, students in the Education Specialist (EdS), Doctor of Education (EdD), and PhD in Education programs take many of the same initial courses, so you can move between programs if the need arises.

Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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What Our Students Say:

“Walden was one of the only universities I found that had a specialization in teacher leadership.”

Monica Washington

Walden Graduate
testimonial Monica Washington


The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited college, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness and improving student achievement.


The PhD in Education program offers many specialization options so you can customize your learning to meet your personal and professional goals:

  • Cirriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation
  • Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management (P–20)
  • Educational Technology and Design
  • Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy
  • Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
  • Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Reading, Literacy, Assessment, and Evaluation

Why a Walden PhD in Education?

Research Your Passion - Select your own doctoral study topic and research something that interests you (not your faculty).
Exceptional Student Support from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Degree Tracker and ePortfolio - Stay on track and organized with educational tools and technologies.
In It Together - School-life balance support services such as customized registration, doctoral support podcasts, virtual check-in groups, and more.

For assistance deciding which program fits your goals, call an enrollment advisor at:


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