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Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)


The School of Education through Liberty University Online offers several programs at the post-graduate level. The Doctor of Education program prepares candidates to be competent, effective leaders with a Christian worldview who will model high standards and assume a leadership role in the field of education. Leaders in the field of education are seen as those who assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an education system, whether it be as a teacher, superintendent, principal, curriculum director, instructional supervisor, or university administrator.

The Ed.D. program is designed for professional educators who have both desires to achieve as well as a capacity to lead, teach, and learn. The Ed.D. is a sixty-hour program, including the dissertation.

Certain prerequisites may be required by Liberty University’s School of Education for those seeking to become candidates in the doctoral program, specifically those with a non-educational undergraduate background or candidates who meet the equivalent of an academic major in a liberal arts area.

Licensure options are available with the completion of additional requirements.


  • General Information
    • Optional Intensives: EDUC 741, 747, and 919
      • EDUC 919 must be the final non-dissertation course taken.
    • Field Experiences: EDUC 703, 817, and 848; EDUC 740 and 742 for candidates adding a licensure endorsement
      • Elective courses may also require field experiences.
    • Research prerequisite: EDUC 518
      • EDUC 518 must be completed prior to EDUC 812.
    • 3.0 GPA
  • Dissertation Information
    • All non-dissertation coursework must be completed before starting EDUC 980.
    • EDUC 989 must be successfully completed a minimum of two times. Any candidate who is not ready for enrollment in EDUC 990 after completing the second enrollment in EDUC 989 may be required, as determined by the candidate’s dissertation chair, to repeat EDUC 989 until deemed ready for enrollment in EDUC 990.
    • Candidates must defend the dissertation proposal within the first three attempts of EDUC 989. Candidates must defend the dissertation within nine attempts of EDUC 989.
    • Starting with EDUC 980, candidates must continuously enroll in dissertation coursework until the final defense. Candidates who break enrollment will be required to re-apply.

Framework and Dispositions

The mission of the School of Education at Liberty University is to develop competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools. The faculty of the School of Education has delineated the dispositions that must be observable in each candidate of our programs at all levels:

  • Displays a sense of social responsibility,
  • Demonstrates commitment/work ethic,
  • Demonstrates reflective practice,
  • Displays personal integrity, and
  • Displays professionalism.

Framework and Disposition Page

Degree Completion Plan and Course Sequencing Guide

Transfer Credit

Candidates may request to transfer up to 15 post-graduate or doctoral credit hours into the Ed.D. program. Capstones research classes, dissertation seminars, and courses that require field experience are not eligible to be transferred. Courses must not be older than 5 years.

Candidates may apply for advanced standing (up to 27 transferred credit hours) with a conferred Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree.

Background Check

The School of Education strives to produce educators who model high standards before their peers. In keeping with this mission, candidates will complete a variety of field experiences in the K–12 school system as part of his/her program. Background checks have become a requirement in our partnerships with the school system. Out of respect for this, we require all candidates to complete a background check through CastleBranch.


During your time in the Ed.D. program, you will have the option to complete several residential intensives on our beautiful campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. We are confident that your academic journey will be enhanced by this experience as you engage with Liberty University faculty and staff, explore our expanding 7,000-acre campus, and build relationships with your classmates.

Licensure Information

Candidates may pursue an initial teaching license, add-on, or advanced licensure endorsement by completing additional courses, exams, and other state-approved requirements.

Handbook and Forms

Approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the CAEP Accreditation System.

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