Adult Education

Study mode:Online Study type:Part-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:1128 Duration:54 months

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Walden’s Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) offers educational professionals a chance to develop their skills as effective leaders and apply current theory and practices in a variety of educational settings. Prepare for academic positions including teachers, principals, superintendents, college instructors, and similar roles that require strong decision-making and leadership skills.

Choose from relevant specializations to further define your career focus. Benefit from the flexibility of online courses the highly-collaborative learning community in which educators from all parts of the world share their experiences.

Continue your present practice while assuming influential roles in your community. The programs focus on: teaching and lifelong learning, research and reflective analytical thought, leadership and communication, diversity, and collaborative social change. Develop expertise in various areas, promoting equity and excellence.

Programs that are focused on practice instead of research, your coursework will culminate with a doctoral study. Do rigorous work that makes an original contribution to your field and create practical solutions.


  • Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • Adult Education
  • College Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Reading and Literacy Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Leadership

Why choose the Adult Education specialization?

The Adult Education specialization is a chance to prepare to design, develop, and lead effective adult education programs in higher education institutions, corporations, workforce development settings, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) programs, and other adult learning environments. Conduct applied research and practical coursework, you will develop the expertise you need to empower lifelong learners. Examine key concepts in adult education theory, effective practices for facilitating adult learning, and quantitative and qualitative methods for creating efficient learning experiences for adults. This curriculum teaches research skills within content-specific courses. Your final doctoral study project gives you the opportunity to focus on adult education in a particular community.

Specialization outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Apply knowledge related to the current research-based literature and trends in adult learning.
  • Demonstrate the reflective teaching and learning skills needed.
  • Provide evidence of knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate, synthesize, and interpret educational research.
  • Independently conduct, evaluate, and apply research.
  • Exhibit the ability to provide leadership via effective communication and use of technology.
  • Articulate the impact of global interrelationships.
  • Demonstrate the ability to impact social change in adult education.
  • Contents

    Completion Requirements

    • 54 minimum semester credits
      • Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
      • Applied Research (6 sem. cr.)
      • Core Courses (24 sem. cr.)
      • Research in Practice (6 sem. cr.)
      • Doctoral study intensive (a minimum of 12 sem. cr.)
    • 1 face-to-face residency
    • ePortfolio

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

    Courses include:

    • The Changing Context of Post-secondary and Adult Teaching and Learning
    • How Adults Learn: Theory and Research
    • Applied Research in Education
    • Designing and Assessing Learning Experiences
    • Research in Practice
    • Adult Learning: Trends, Issues, Global Perspectives
    • Completing the Prospectus
    • Doctoral Study Intensive


    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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