Higher Education Leadership

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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 Higher Education Leadership specialization?

The Higher Education Leadership specialization will help you develop the leadership skills and management principles that will prepare you to lead change across your institution. The program incorporates a series of academic requirements, designed to ensure that educators have acquired the necessary competencies and expertise to be more effective. Progress within the program will be evaluated using assessments that align with national professional standards. Master core concepts and principles, while student support services can provide additional academic, advising, and technical assistance.

Focus on building a collaborative organization—a new and innovative model in administrator leadership.

Specialization outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Employ leadership and management strategies that drive and sustain a learning organization.
  • Independently conduct, evaluate, and apply research.
  • Create entrepreneurial and innovative solutions that anticipate and address problems.
  • Find, deploy, allocate, and manage resources to achieve learning-centered priorities.
  • Collaborate within and across organizations to promote advancement in a global context.
  • Contents


    • The Learning-Centered Institution
    • The New Higher Education Enterprise
    • Applied Research in Education
    • Transformative Leadership in Higher Education
    • Achieving Coherence in Complex Organizations
    • Research in Practice
    • Managing Resources to Drive Change in Higher Education
    • Completing the Prospectus


    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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