Walden University’s Doctoral programs in Education is designed to match your professional interests and meet the needs of your organization. You will be expected to set your own defined learning goals and to design your own program of study. Make an impact and change the world of those around you.

Walden’s Ph.D. in Education degree program incorporates a series of academic requirements, designed to ensure that you have acquired the necessary knowledge to be effective education professionals. Progress within the program will be evaluated using national standards assessments. Walden’s faculty will help you master core concepts and principles, while student support services can provide additional academic, advising, and technical assistance. Gain the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in your professional field.


Course-Based Format
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
  • Educational Technology
  • Leadership, Policy, and Change in Education
  • Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
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 choose the Self-Designed specialization?

The Self-Designed (Mixed-Model) specialization offers educators who are interested in pursuing an area that is not among the specializations currently offered the chance to develop their own specialization with the approval of the faculty member. Students have developed self-designed specializations in curriculum areas, such as math education, science education, art or music education, and literacy, as well as in discipline areas, such as English-language learning and urban education.

Study outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize content knowledge, concepts, and principles.
  • Propose interventions based on the analysis of educational needs.
  • Design and conduct research that is grounded in theory and based on previous research.
  • Conduct research that positively impacts social change.
  • Communicate to multiple audiences through oral and written formats.
  • Advocate for social change that integrates diverse perspectives and demonstrates awareness of global interrelationships.
  • Contents

    Completion Requirements

    • 96 total quarter credit hours
      • Foundational courses (12 cr.)
      • Core courses (24 cr.)
      • Specialized KAMs (24 cr.)
      • Research courses (16 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentations (20 cr.)
    • Minimum 8-10 quarters enrollment
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
    • ePortfolio

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


    Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership features a distinguished faculty of scholars, researchers, and professionals with real-world experience who share a commitment to teaching. Faculty members blend academic theory with firsthand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and to broaden your perspectives on the latest issues and best practices in the field.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.



    Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

    • Official transcript(s)
    • Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts
    • A master's degree or higher
    • Applicable test scores
    • Completed online application
    • Employment history
    • List of transfer credits

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

    Work Experience

    At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.

    Three years of related professional or academic experience.

    Technological Requirements

    Access to a computer and the Internet



    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.

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