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Timing and Requirements: EdD

Doctor of Education (EdD) Residency Timing

Residency Required or Optional Timing

Required Residency

(RESI 8201)

Required Complete the EdD required residency during your first year; required by the end of Term 3.
EdD Advanced Residency (RESI 8202)


Complete an EdD Advanced residency when you have your doctoral study committee assigned in the Prospectus course (EDUC 8081/EDDD 8900/8910) or just prior to the Prospectus course of your program. It is also highly recommended for candidates enrolled in EDUC 8090/EDDD 8990.

*Research shows students who attend an optional EdD Advanced residency complete their program an average of 6 months faster than those who do not attend.

View the EdD Residency Calendar

Email Academic Advising if you have questions.

International Students: Be sure to register for your selected U.S. residency 3-4 months before the residency start date in order to allow sufficient time to complete the required processes and approvals for you to be able to travel and attend. View the SEVIS/I-20 site for complete information about the requirement for travel to U.S. residencies.

EdD Residency Goals

Walden residencies are designed to prepare you for your doctoral journey. Key goals of the Walden doctoral residency experience include:

  • Reflecting on academic direction and what it means to be a doctoral student and a scholar-practitioner.
  • Effectively engaging students within their academic and professional disciplines.
  • Receiving a variety of technical, Student Success Advising, and faculty advising support services using a complementary combination of face-to-face and virtual best practices.
  • Using skills required for professional competence.
  • Building self-efficacy to conceptualize, design, and carry out scholarly research to solve problems related to professional practice that contributes to positive social change.
  • Rendering research and project study findings meaningful to multiple audiences.
  • Building relationships and networks (i.e., faculty members, staff, and students) that foster academic and professional success.
  • Engaging faculty members and students in peer review and scholarly discourse that reflects critical thinking.
  • Modeling appropriate professional behavior used in scholarly discourse.
  • Ensuring that students understand the differences in program models and their requirements to determine the most appropriate academic fit.

EdD Residency Learning Outcomes

The following are key learning outcomes you will be expected to achieve as part of your EdD residency experiences:

  1. Use critical thinking skills expected of doctoral students.
  2. Engage faculty and peers in discourse that contributes to the collective advancement of scholarship in their discipline.
  3. Identify strategies for using Walden’s support resources  for continued professional development as scholar-practitioners.
  4. Communicate effectively with others.
  5. Effectively communicate research ideas.
  6. Conceptualize Doctoral Studies that have the potential to contribute to positive social change.
  7. Understand the steps necessary at Walden to complete a Doctoral Study.
  8. Critically assess research.