Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Online Degree Program

Doctorate in Education

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Become a Leader in Advanced Education through the Online Doctor of Education Program (EdD)

Do you want to reach the pinnacle of achievement in advanced education studies? Liberty University’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) program provides all of the critically advanced education administration, research, curriculum development, and learning theory you need to help make a positive impact on the world of education. Liberty’s online EdD degree is a model of high academic standards and leadership in education, providing specialized skills necessary to become an active administrator of institutions of learning. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Education?

Through Liberty University’s Doctorate in Education online program (EdD), you will engage with knowledgeable education professionals 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 Doctorate of Education program 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 Doctor of Education program integrates the doctoral dissertation research into your course material so that you can complete this comprehensive demonstration of your education expertise more quickly.

What Will You Learn in the Online Doctorate in Education (EdD) Program?

The core content of the online Doctor of Education (EdD) 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 program 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. While completing Liberty University’s Doctorate in Education online degree program, you will be able to choose specialized tracks in Educational Leadership to further equip you for an administrative role in K-12 or higher education, or a Curriculum and Instruction track, which will ensure that you have all the tools needed to achieve teaching excellence.

Liberty's online Doctor of Education 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 Admission Counselor for more information about adding licensure-track requirements to the online Doctorate in Education program.

You may also be interested in the online Education Specialist (EdS) Degree.

Highlights of the Ed.D. Online Program

  • By earning your Doctorate in Education (EdD) 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.
  • Tuition for our Doctorate in Education (EdD) online degree programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university.
  • You will learn how to create and administrate effective education environments.
  • The Doctorate in Education program will allow you to develop educational management skills and foster leadership in teachers and students.
  • You can meet your peers and professors in the Online Doctor of Education program during on-campus intensives on our campus in Lynchburg, Va while developing your writing and research for your final dissertation phase.
  • The EdD online is a 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 your EdD 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 programs 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.

Testimonial from a Former Doctorate of Education Student

When the superintendent of his local public school system retired, Liberty University 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 (EdD)

EdD Program 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 and EdS/EdD students (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set log-in times.


Doctor of Education Online Format:

Online Doctor of Education Information and Degree Requirements

  • An education background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 701.
  • Students in this degree program are required to complete between three to four on-campus intensives. Most intensives are offered in a week-long course format, with a few being offered in a weekend format.

  • Please note that some states may have additional steps and requirements for licensure.
  • An extensive final dissertation project is required.

Potential Career Options for Ed.D. Graduates

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

As a terminal degree, Liberty’s online Doctor in Education degree 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 receive a Doctor in Education online through Liberty’s EdD program will earn a degree 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.

Doctorate in Education Specializations

Online Doctor of Education (EdD) students must choose a cognate. Please review information about each cognate below.