Earn Your Online PhD in Education

Earn Your Online PhD in Education

Earn your PhD in Education from a university ranked No. 1 in education professional doctoral and PhD graduates.1

Whether through research or practice, you’re passionate about making a difference for the future of education. Start your doctoral journey with Walden’s PhD in Education program. The PhD in Education is designed for education professionals who desire to advance the practice of education and strengthen the field’s scientific, theoretical, and technological foundations.

Why Pursue Your PhD in Education With Walden?

  • Learn from the leader: Earning your doctoral degree is no small feat, but you can put your trust in Walden. We are No. 1 in education professional doctoral and PhD graduates.1
  • Join a world-class community of education leaders: Optimize your professional network within Walden’s thriving global collective of scholars and practitioners with diverse roles and viewpoints, including more than 150 state teachers of the year.
  • Base your dissertation on what matters most to you: Choose your own research topic to focus on your area of interest or to contribute new knowledge to a pressing issue in your field.
  • Get personalized support at every step: Your success is our success. From doctoral peer mentors to research coaches, we’re here to help you stay on track toward completion.
  • Engage in face-to-face networking: In-person residencies allow you to discuss your research interests, gain valuable insights, and form lifelong bonds with faculty and peers.
  • Tailor your program to the career you want: Choose from 11 specializations to customize your coursework, including a Self-Designed option for Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

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Walden is ranked No. 1 in education professional doctoral and PhD graduates.1

Jobs for instructional coordinators are expected to grow 11% through 2026—faster than the national average.2

A Program Designed With You in Mind

Finding a balance between work, studies, and your personal life is important. That’s why we’ve built a program with busy educators like you in mind. Although you’re learning online, you’re never in it alone. From start to finish, get access to a wealth of exceptional student resources designed to move you forward, from writing support to on-demand webinars.

Earning your doctoral degree is the ultimate intellectual challenge, and Walden’s online learning environment is designed to help all educators succeed. You bring your curiosity, drive, and determination. We’ll help you reach the finish line, step by step.

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What’s the difference between a PhD in Education and Doctor of Education (EdD) degree? Learn more about the advantages of each program to decide which is best for you.

PhD in Education Specializations

  • P–20 Education (Self-Designed)

  • Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

  • Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management

  • Higher Education Leadership and Policy (Self-Designed)

  • More Specializations

P–20 Education (Self-Designed)


The P–20 Education (Self-Designed) specialization gives you maximum flexibility to create a highly customized online PhD in Education program that is unique to your personal and professional goals. Design your course of study by choosing from a wide range of electives that focus on issues critical to P–20 education.

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Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy


Explore the latest research to understand complex family, cultural, societal, and developmental influences that affect child development and learning. Learn from case studies, innovative technology, and standards-aligned coursework to become a better advocate and promote outcomes for young children.

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Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management


Educational institutions need leaders to create and implement policy at the local, national, and institutional levels. Build your leadership and management skills to develop strategies and navigate the education spectrum from preschool through higher education.

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More Specializations


Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Evaluation
Gain skills to effectively design, modify, and evaluate curriculum and assessment practices using a systems approach.

Early Childhood Special Education
Prepare to conduct continued research on best practices for early intervention and advance in the growing special education field.

Educational Technology and Design
Learn to create innovative technological solutions to learning challenges and develop instructional design skills.

Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy
Learn and apply effective leadership and management skills and strategies to facilitate positive social change.

Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
Prepare to help learners translate creativity into innovative learning experiences utilizing authentic, engaging practices and assessments.

Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation
Gain skills to create a culture of continuous improvement within programs and organizations.

Reading, Literacy, Assessment, and Evaluation
Explore best practices in reading, literacy, curriculum design and instruction, teacher professional development, and program evaluation and assessment.

Choose a Pace That Matches Your Life


Work toward your online PhD in Education in a way that fits your schedule. Walden offers completion options that provide you the flexibility to progress at a pace that’s right for you:

  • Traditional: Take one course at a time. Advance through your online program steadily while managing other commitments.
  • Fast Track: Take two PhD in Education courses at once. Focus more time on the program and complete your doctoral degree sooner.

After the first course, you can take one course at a time or earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once. You can also choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.

Become an Education Change Agent

Earning the title “Dr.” in front of your name can transform your world in ways you never thought possible. Become a sought-after expert and thought leader and shape the change you want to see with Walden’s PhD in Education program. Develop the ability to understand the complexities of higher education, think bigger, and frame novel solutions to real-world problems in your field. Expand your influence and define a brighter future for your organization, institution, and community.

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Advance Your Passion. Make Your Mark.

You want to impact education at a higher level. Elevate your influence with a credential that matters. From dedicated faculty to exceptional support services, you’re never alone on your doctoral path—Walden is with you at every step. Find out more about our online PhD in Education program today.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a PhD in Education?

More and more, school districts, learning institutions, and government policymakers are turning to experts to help them address systemic issues in education. Walden’s online PhD in Education program prepares you with the advanced expertise needed to address these challenges and lead transformative change.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the following administrative and teaching occupations in education are projected to grow at healthy rates:2

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: 10%
  • Postsecondary teachers: 15%
  • Instructional coordinators: 11%
  • Training and development managers: 10%

What Can I Do With a PhD in Education?

A PhD in Education opens doors beyond teaching and research careers. With your doctorate, you can work in a range of settings and fields, including museums, government, engineering, technology, or healthcare/medical organizations.

Potential job roles for candidates with a PhD in Education include:3

  • Director of education
  • Research director
  • Associate professor of education
  • Assistant professor of education
  • Adjunct instructor
  • Principal
  • Lecturer

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online PhD in education degree program.

Enhance Your Earning Potential

A PhD in Education from Walden could potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the BLS, the annual median wage for certain PhD-level education jobs as of May 2018 are as follows:2

  • Education administrators, postsecondary: $94,340
  • Postsecondary teachers $78,470
  • Instructional coordinators: $64,450
  • Training and development managers: $111,340

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.


Reagan Romali

Reagan Ferragamo Romali

PhD in Education Graduate

Career advancement would not have been possible without earning my degree at Walden University. Acquiring the tools I need to be successful while conducting scholarly work has allowed me to see my career in education from a more global viewpoint and approach problems with new and different solutions.

I am a first-generation college graduate. By earning my degree, I’ve set a positive example for my son. I know I’ve shown him that he can do anything.

My degree from Walden has certainly opened doors for me and created opportunities I might not otherwise have had.

Now that I’ve earned my EdD from Walden, I can really effect positive social change and build bridges between mothers and healthcare professionals. I love what I do.

Kimberly Sabrina McDuffie
EdD Graduate

Kimberly McDuffie

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PhD in Education Graduate

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EdD Graduate

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1Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved August 2017 from https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/login.aspx?gotoReportId=7

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook: Postsecondary Education Administrators, Postsecondary Teachers, Instructional Coordinators, Training and Development Managers.

3Source: Data for this analysis of job postings for professionals with a PhD in Education from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, was retrieved using Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Results for industry sectors and job titles are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions and are subject to change.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

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