Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

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Liberty University Online’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) offers advanced training for individuals seeking a role in higher education. With the purpose of developing skilled and effective leaders, the program is a model of high academic standards and leadership in education.

Specialized courses develop the skills necessary to become a teacher, superintendent, principal, college instructor, or any other academic position requiring strong leadership skills and decision-making abilities. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Review the Advising Guide and program-specific accreditations for further information.

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When the superintendent of his local public school system retired, Liberty University Online graduate Dr. Richard J. Ney of New Jersey submitted his application for the position. 

“After an intense round of interviews where I competed against a number of other qualified candidates, I was appointed superintendent and chief school administrator [in New Jersey]. I do not believe that I would have succeeded without having completed my doctoral studies at Liberty University.”

Dr. Richard J. Ney
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Quick Facts

Program Delivery Format

Residency Requirement

  • 3 on-campus intensives
  • On-campus dissertation defense

Credit Hours

  • 60 total hours
  • Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred in from an accredited and un-conferred degree
  • Up to 24 hours of coursework for the Ed.D. program can be applied from an accredited, conferred Ed.S. degree.


Ed.D. students must choose a concentration:


  • A 6 credit hour dissertation is a required part of the Ed.D. program.

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