May 27, 2022
Return to: The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
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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The Learning Outcomes are listed on each specialization page.
Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.
- Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
- Foundation course (5 cr.)
- Research courses (15 cr.)
- Specialization courses (30 cr.)
- Completion of Doctoral Study
- 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 until completion)
- One face-to-face academic residency
These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.
The sequence of courses for this program is dependent upon the specialization. Please see the course sequence chart on each specialization page.
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 or later 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.
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.