2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Education (EdD)–School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

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“I chose Walden because I needed a school that fit my career goals and my schedule. I stayed with Walden for the quality education I received.”

Gladys Landing-Corretjer, Doctor of Education (EdD) Graduate


Walden’s EdD programs are designed for educators who want to continue their practice while assuming influential roles in their schools and communities. The programs are built upon five critical components: teaching and lifelong learning, research and reflective analytical thought, leadership and communication, diversity, and collaborative social change. These critical components are the basis for the programs’ learning outcomes, as students develop expertise in various areas, promoting equity and excellence.

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Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Degree Requirements

  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • Completing the Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral support courses (4 cr.)
    • Completing the Prospectus (2 cr.)
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • One face-to-face academic residency
  • ePortfolio


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Course Sequence

The sequence of courses for this program is dependent upon the specialization. Please see the course sequence chart on each specialization page.

Academic Residencies

The EdD required residency must be completed face-to-face by the end of Term 3, regardless of specialization. Optional EdD Advanced residencies (face-to-face or virtual) and optional EdD Doctoral Study Intensive retreats are also available later in the program.

Doctoral Writing Assessement

Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

In It Together: Balancing School and Life

At Walden, we understand that you likely work full time and may care for children or other family members. Explore support services designed to help you balance family commitments with your work and school responsibilities. We’re all in it together.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe

Students have 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=155&navoid=51147]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Doctor of Education (EdD) program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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