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Online Doctor Doctorate Of Education Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online with Optional Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours (doctoral-level)
Next Start Date
Oct 22, 2018
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Become a Leader of Distinction in Education Through Our Online Doctoral Programs in Education 

Reach the pinnacle of your profession and impact the education field with Liberty University’s online Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) program. In our online Ed.D. degree, you’ll study education administration, curriculum development, learning theory, and the latest research to gain the advanced knowledge you need to positively influence the world of education. In addition, you’ll also conduct your own research and contribute new knowledge to the field with your Doctor of Education Dissertation. Liberty’s Doctorate of Education online degree is a model of high academic standards and leadership in education, and it provides you with the specialized skills necessary to become an effective educational administrator, university faculty member, senior-level educational leader, or educational policymaker. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Education?

Through Liberty University’s Doctorate of 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 online doctor 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 Doctorate of Education online program allows you to focus on your coursework at home as well as connect with your professors and other classmates through optional intensives on Liberty’s beautiful Central Virginia campus. These optional intensives are designed with flexible scheduling in mind and provide you with hands-on training to enhance your online course content and research. Unlike many doctoral programs, Liberty’s online Doctor in Education program integrates the doctoral dissertation research into your course material so that you can complete this comprehensive demonstration of your expertise in education more quickly. 

What Will You Learn in the Online Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Program?

The core content of the Doctor of Education 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 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 you need to achieve teaching excellence.

Liberty’s Doctor of Education online degree may be modified to fulfill initial teaching licensure requirements for Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Special Education. If you possess initial licensure, pursuing the online Ed.D. 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.

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 (Ed.D.)

Program Highlights
Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Doctorate in Education Specializations

Liberty’s Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) has several areas of specialization for specific roles and career needs, such as:

Educational Leadership

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education

Curriculum and Instruction – Middle-Grades Education

Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary Education

Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education

Doctorate of Education Online Degree Information

  • An education background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 701.
  • Students in this degree program can complete between three to four optional 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.

Ed.D. 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.

Admission Requirements for Our Online Doctor Degree

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.


Highlights of the Ed.D. Online Program

  • By earning your Doctorate in Education (EdD) from a nonprofit 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 can have confidence your degree will be respected in your field.
  • Tuition for our Doctorate of Education 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 nonprofit 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 as well as foster leadership in teachers and students.
  • You can network with your peers and professors in the online Doctor of Education program during on-campus optional intensives while developing your writing and research for your final dissertation phase.
  • You’ll be able to work toward your final research project while completing your coursework through our integrated dissertation process. 
  • Most students complete the EdD online in three years. 
  • Completing your Doctorate in Education gives you a terminal educational credential that shows employers you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.
  • The Doctor of Education online gives you the opportunity to include licensure-track requirements for initial licensure, advanced licensure, or add-on licensure to your current credentials.
  • Completing the online Doctorate in Education program’s dissertation will empower you to make a unique impact in educational research that can become the basis for publications, curriculum material products, and other publishing opportunities.
  • With the online doctor program’s blended format, you can be confident that your skills and knowledge are not only theoretical but have been tested in a hands-on environment. 
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