Doctor of Education / Early Childhood Education
Walden University

Program Details

The early childhood field brings together families, professionals, programs, and agencies that influence every aspect of children’s lives, from prenatal development through age 8. Walden's Doctor of Education (EdD) with a specialization in Early Childhood Education prepares you to foster positive outcomes for young children and their families in roles such as early childhood teacher, teacher educator, researcher, policy maker, and other positions working with young children, families, and communities.

Note: 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.


Students will be required to attend one face-to-face residency.

  • Must have a master's degree or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply

Special Accreditation

Walden University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for a period of 7 years, from 2012 to 2019. In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Walden University is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on CAEP standards beginning in fall 2018.

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission