Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction – Middle Grades Education Online Degree Program

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction – Middle Grades Education Online Degree Program

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Make a Positive Impact on Student’s Lives with an Online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction – Middle Grades Education Degree

Do you want to reach the pinnacle of achievement for advanced education studies? Liberty University’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) program provides all critically advanced education administration, research, curriculum development, and learning theory skills and knowledge needed to help you make a positive impact on the world of education. Liberty University’s online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction – Middle Grades Education will make you an expert in Middle School level teaching, classroom management, and content development so that you can create fun and effective learning environments for students.

Why Liberty’s Online Doctoral Degree in Education?

Through Liberty University’s online Doctoral degree in Education, you will engage with knowledgeable professionals in the field of education who will mentor you in your development as an advanced educator, administrator, and researcher. The EdD degree offers a robust theoretical framework that extends your teaching methods and theories to a higher order of application, allowing you to evaluate and address teaching challenges in K-12 institutions and at the university level. Liberty’s online EdD degree allows you to focus on your coursework at home and complete essential hands-on training with flexible scheduling that will meet your practical needs. Unlike many doctoral programs, Liberty’s online EdD degree integrates the doctoral dissertation research into your course material so that you can complete this comprehensive demonstration of your education expertise more quickly.

The Middle Grades Education area of study for the online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction program equips you to be an expert in middle school education best practices and advanced techniques. Through your online middle school education degree content and hands-on intensives, your teaching and lesson planning skills will be enhanced by applying the study of young adult’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development with cutting-edge curriculum development and evaluation tools. The Middle Grades Education area of study is designed to give you all of the tools you will need to enhance middle school education as a teacher, administrator, or curriculum developer.

What Will You Learn in the Ed.D. Program?

The core content of the online EdD online program will enhance your understanding of core educational concepts while giving you practical classroom management tools and helping you publish cutting-edge research. The online EdD degree advances your skills in quantitative and qualitative methods of research, establishes advanced learning theory and research skills, and provides many other essential competencies for advanced educators.

The Middle Grades Education area of study applies the educational theory and advanced assessment techniques to middle school teaching, providing a wealth of new tools for middle school teachers, administrators, and curriculum developers working with students from sixth to eighth grade. These tools include studies in advanced curriculum theory and issues and trends in technology and learning to give you innovative approaches to lesson planning and engagement, but also include specialized studies in how young adults develop in relation to their communities and professional development. As your middle school students transition from Primary to Secondary education, the Middle Grades Education area of study will help you give guidance and support to move forward.

*Please note: Liberty University’s education programs are based on the State of Virginia’s grade level definitions. These definitions may vary from state to state.

Liberty's online EdD degree may be modified to fulfill initial teaching licensure requirements for Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Education. Students who possess initial licensure who pursue the online EdD degree may also include requirements for advanced and add-on licensures. Please speak with an Admissions Counselor for more information about adding licensure-track requirements to the online EdD degree.

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Highlights of the Ed.D. Online Program

  • By earning your EdD online from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • You will learn how to create and administer effective educational environments.
  • Develop educational management skills and foster leadership in teachers and students.
  • Residential intensives give you the chance to meet peers and professors while developing your writing and research for your final dissertation phase.
  • You can complete Liberty’s EdD online 3-year program that includes an integrated Dissertation process allowing you to work toward your final research project while completing your coursework.

What are the Benefits of the Online Doctorate in Education?

  • Completing an EdD degree gives you a terminal educational credential that shows employers that you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.
  • The Online Doctor of Education gives you the opportunity to include licensure-track requirements for initial licensure, advanced licensure, or add-on licensure to your current credentials.
  • Completing the EdD online program’s dissertation will allow you to make an impact in educational research that can be the basis for publications, curriculum material products, and other publishing opportunities.
  • With the online EdD degree’s on-campus intensives, you can be confident that your skills and knowledge have been tested in a hands-on environment that will set you apart from fully online graduates.

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Doctorate in Education Online Middle Grades Education Format

  • Online with Required Intensives
    • Between three and four five-day on-campus intensives are required. Please note that adding additional licensure requirements may add additional residential requirements.
  • 60 total hours
  • Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty from an accredited and un-conferred degree.
  • Up to 24 hours of coursework for the EdD program can be applied from an accredited, conferred Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree.
  • An extensive final dissertation project will be required.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Doctor of Education Online – Middle Grades Education Information and Requirements


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Potential Career Options for Ed.D. Graduates with the Middle Grades Education Focus

  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Supervisor
  • School Administrator
  • Middle School Teacher
  • College Administrator

As a terminal degree, Liberty’s online Doctorate in Education will provide many new opportunities to students currently holding licensure, seeking advanced or add-on licensure, or who are working in a field that does not require licensure. Students who become a Doctor in Education through Liberty’s online EdD degree will receive a credential accredited by NCATE and will complete a doctoral dissertation that will demonstrate specialized advanced research.

You will also gain hands-on experience through group work and research mentorship so that as a graduate of the EdD degree you will be able to conduct additional research and content development in an academic setting, for third-party curriculum development companies, work in K-12 districts to develop more effective learning content, and teach at the college level. As supplemental income through adjunct college teaching, or in seeking a full-time higher education position with a college, you may be able to use your EdD degree to teach undergraduate and often graduate-level college students.


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.)