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Walden University


Doctor of Education - Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure; Family Friendly)

Walden’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program is designed specifically for educators, administrators, and leaders working in P–12, early childhood, or higher education who want to continue making a difference to improve student learning.

- Choose from 10 online doctorate in education specializations to further your content knowledge and conduct research.

- Hone your research and scholarly writing skills in our doctoral support courses and prepare for successful completion of your doctoral study or dissertation.

- Progress at your pace with a flexible approach that allows you to take either one or two courses at a time to speed up or slow down based on your preference.

- Benefit from NCATE accreditation, which assures that our institution meets rigorous standards set by the profession and members of the public.

- Receive critical doctoral support from beginning to end. In addition to our student support services, our Foundation course and Doctoral Intensive Support courses allow you to explore real-world case studies and examples of successful capstones. You will also practice the essential research and writing skills you need to succeed in a doctoral program throughout your coursework and while attending your academic residency.

Note on Licensure
For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.

Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

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