2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Dec 01, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

Doctor of Education (EdD)

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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.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge to solve educational problems.
  2. Critically analyze education-related issues.
  3. Align research methodologies to questions and hypotheses addressing issues in educational practice.
  4. Communicate with diverse stakeholders to advocate for students in educational settings.
  5. Practice ethically as a professional in the field of education.
  6. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to promote continuous improvement in educational settings.
  7. Promote equity in education programs and policies.
  8. Advocate for social change to make a positive impact in educational settings.

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 (6 cr.)
    • Completing the Prospectus (3 cr.)
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • One academic residency


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.

Residency Requirements

The EdD required residency must be completed by the end of Term 3, regardless of specialization. Optional EdD Advanced residencies are also available later in the program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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.

8-Year Maximum Time Frame

Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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