Doctor of Education / Higher Education (Self Designed)
Walden University

Program Details

Offering the flexibility to personalize your plan of study, this unique specialization option allows you to examine 21st-century higher education institutions, evaluate the relevance of current education models, and understand how to maximize efficiency, productivity, and sustainability as a leader within today’s higher education settings.

In the Self Designed specialization, you will complete a set of core education courses and choose four electives from 21 courses focusing on higher education across our EdD and PhD in Education programs. Customize your coursework according to your personal and professional goals.

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

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not available to residents of New York and Rhode Island.