Online Doctoral Education Programs

Why Choose Liberty University’s School of Education for Your Doctoral Degree Program?

Do you want to reach the pinnacle of achievement in education studies? If you’re an education professional with experience in the field, a doctorate can help you set out in a new direction or build on your current success with new skills and advanced scholarship. You can grow your career and make a more significant impact on the future with an online doctorate in education from Liberty University!

Our practical online EdD programs and PhDs in education can help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and training you need to lead students and academic institutions successfully. Because Liberty is an accredited Christian university, you can pair your passion for education with a Christ-centered program that will prepare you for leadership that doesn’t compromise your values.

Whether you are preparing to be an expert in education law, develop advanced teaching studies, or want to teach at the college level, you will find the tools you need to be successful in the field. While earning your PhD or EdD online with Liberty University, you will be mentored by our faculty of education professionals who have real-world experience. Our doctoral degree programs are 100% online, allowing you to pursue your professional activities and spend time with your family while earning your degree.

If you have any questions, please contact an admissions counselor at (800) 424-9596!

Be a Leader in Education with a Doctoral Degree from
Liberty University

 Liberty University’s School of Education offers the following doctoral degrees:

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Liberty’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) online programs are designed to prepare effective leaders with a biblical worldview who will model high academic standards of scholarship and teaching practice through leadership roles in the field of education. With its practical emphasis, Liberty University’s EdD is designed for educators who need new skills for the education field.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Educational Studies (Ph.D.)

Liberty’s 100% online PhD in Advanced Educational Studies degree programs are designed to provide post-EdD graduates with an accelerated path to advanced research studies and a PhD dissertation.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.)

Liberty’s 100% online PhD in Education degree programs are designed to provide the training you need to work in top leadership positions within education and academia. The PhD in Education is Liberty University’s premier education studies program for advanced scholarship in K-12 education. 

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Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.)

Liberty’s online PhD in Higher Education Administration is designed to prepare competent researchers and effective leaders with a biblical worldview who will model excellent scholarship and academic administration in leadership roles in higher education. The PhD in Higher Education online track provides the highest level of academic scholarship in education studies. This program is designed to equip educators for college and university level teaching. It offers specialized academic tracks such as the PhD in Instructional Design and Technology to equip you for developing new learning tools and techniques.


We also offer Executive Certificates

Not sure if you are ready to commit to a 60-credit-hour doctoral program? An Executive Certificate may be the path for you. You will complete the same doctoral-level coursework but on a much faster, 21-credit-hour track. This format can help you test the waters and see if a full PhD or EdD is the best option for you.

  • Executive Certificate in Special EducationWith this certificate, you will work towards a postgraduate credential while preparing specifically for our PhD in Education – Special Education. If you choose to pursue this PhD after completing your certificate, all 21 credit hours will be transferred into the PhD.
  • Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and TechnologyThis certificate builds on your education experience to help you develop advanced learning tools, curriculum, and training while preparing you for our PhD in Education — Instructional Design and Technology. All 21 credit hours of this certificate will transfer to this PhD track.

Frequently Asked Questions

While researching education doctoral programs at Liberty University, you may have questions about how our degrees can help you meet your career goals. Below are some common questions about Liberty University’s online EdD and PhD programs:

What is the difference between an EdD vs. a PhD in Education?

What can I do with a PhD in Education?

Do you need a PhD to be a professor?


What Are the Benefits of an Online Doctoral Degree from Liberty University?

Our online doctoral degree programs offer students great benefits:

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Niche.com. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 6 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Liberty’s EdD programs can include initial, add-on, and advanced teaching licensure requirements to help you meet your career goals.
  • Our education degrees are offered in 8-week course formats, with 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times!
  • Many graduate education programs are accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) standards through the CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) Accreditation System.
  • The ability to join Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), which is an international honor society in education, to promote excellence in future professionals and recognize outstanding contributions made to education.

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate EdD courses
  • Executive Certificate tuition discount – $300 per credit hour
  • Are you pursuing one of our PhD programs? Find out how you can earn a PhD for only $300 per credit hour!
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per EdD course*)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times

*First Responder Discount cannot be combined with Liberty’s military discount for Ph.D. programs.