Ed.D. in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation

What You Will Learn

Help Others Grow in Their Walk with Christ with Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation

Liberty’s online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation degree is designed to help you address various educational and ministerial challenges using empirical research. As a professional doctoral degree that emphasizes the application of research to real-world problems, this program is an excellent option if you are a Christian school educator or administrator, church ministerial staff member, or parachurch organization leader seeking new skills and job opportunities.

Throughout this Christian spiritual formation degree program, you can explore how biblical principles relate to education and leadership philosophy, theory, and practice. With guidance from our experienced faculty, you can gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge, character qualities, and skills needed to lead faith-based organizations. You can also use this degree as an opportunity to deepen your faith — and help others do the same — as you learn how to foster spiritual growth in your church and community.

What Will You Learn in Liberty University’s Ed.D. in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation Online Degree?

  • Biblical and theological foundations of leadership and education
  • Spiritual growth through the lens of discipline, theology, and practice
  • The individual and community aspects of Christian formation
  • Theological anthropology, leadership and management theory, and organizational development

In this program, you can learn how to apply research, philosophy, and theory to solve real-world problems in education and ministry. After completing an in-depth sequence of research courses, you’ll write and defend a dissertation, which can help you contribute to the base of knowledge in your field. The combination of theory and praxis offered in this program can help you serve effectively in churches, faith-based organizations, and Christian education.

Potential Careers for Graduates of the Doctorate in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation Program

  • Christian education administrator
  • Christian educator
  • Christian ministry director
  • Christian school principal or president
  • Church administrator
  • Church discipleship coordinator
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Director of spiritual formation
  • Discipleship training leader
  • Spiritual formation specialist

Benefits of Pursuing Your Ed.D. in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation Degree Online with Liberty University

As a leader in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to create a flexible and affordable education for busy people. Since we have been investing in distance and online learning for decades, our experience has taught us how to streamline our degree options so you can focus on what really matters to you. While many schools offer online degrees, we believe Liberty stands out.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.
  • You can complete this Ed.D. in Christian Leadership – Spiritual Formation program in as little as 2.5 years!

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

Military Benefits

Service is important to us, so whether you’re currently serving in the Armed Forces, have served, or are married to someone who serves, we’re here to serve you. Liberty’s military benefits are available to:

  • Active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/retirees
  • Spouses of service members and veterans/retirees
  • Current Department of Defense employees

We are proud to support you in your pursuit of a flexible and affordable online education by offering you the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for Ed.D. courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)



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Available Online

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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Next Start Date

Jun 24, 2024


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