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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.

Up to 30% tuition reductions available. Contact one of our enrollment advisors at 888-502-6865 to learn more.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Free Information form.

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

  3. Choose the proper program that's right for you, then submit your application.

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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:

Course-Based Format

  • 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 (P–20)

Mixed-Model Format

  • Adult Education Leadership
  • Community College Leadership
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Early Childhood Education
  • General Program
  • Global and Comparative Education
  • Higher Education
  • Self-Designed
  • Special Education

Why a Walden PhD in Education?

We Take Care of the Details - Books and materials are included in tuition costs and automatically shipped to you.
Research Your Passion - Select your own doctoral study topic. Focus your research on your interests, not your faculty members’.
Exceptional Student Support - Doctoral support courses, tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Degree Tracker and ePortfolio - Stay on track and organized with educational tools and technologies.

For more information about our education degree programs, financial aid, and tuition and scholarships, request free information or call one of our enrollment advisors.

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


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