Liberty's Online Doctorate In Education
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Class Type 100% online, 8-week courses
Next Start Date May 13, 2024
Transfer Credits Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Accreditation Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC


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Become a Leader of Distinction in Education with One of Our Online Doctoral Programs in Education

Reach the pinnacle of your profession and impact the field of education with Liberty University’s online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. In our online Ed.D. programs, 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. Check out our available online EdD programs!


Additionally, you’ll conduct your own research in order to provide practical solutions to challenges in the field of education with a capstone project. Liberty’s online doctorate in education is a model of high academic standards and leadership in education. With a degree like this, you can become better equipped to become an effective educational administrator, university faculty member, senior-level educational leader, or educational policymaker.

  • By pursuing your doctorate at Liberty, you can better prepare for careers or career advancement in various school and administrative settings within the field of education.
  • As you continue your studies with Liberty’s School of Education, you can be confident that you are receiving a quality education based on the principles of God’s Word.
  • You can learn to be a positive influence in the lives of young people in your school and community and make an impact for Christ!

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FAQs for Liberty’s Online Ed.D. Programs

Why Should You Get a Doctorate in Education?

Through Liberty University’s online EdD programs, you will have the opportunity to engage with knowledgeable education professionals who want to mentor and help you to become an advanced educator, administrator, and researcher. Our doctorate in education offers a robust, theoretical framework that can advance 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.

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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.)

Liberty’s online doctoral programs in education allow you to focus on your coursework at home as well as connect with your professors and classmates from across the country. Additionally, unlike many doctoral programs, Liberty’s EdD degree online integrates your capstone project research into your course material so that you can complete a comprehensive demonstration of your expertise in education more quickly and efficiently.

What Does a Doctorate in Education Entail?

The core content of our online EdD programs is designed to enhance your understanding of essential educational concepts while giving you practical classroom management tools. The online doctorate in education can help advance your skills in quantitative and qualitative methods of research, advanced learning theory, research skills, and provide many other essential competencies for advanced educators like yourself.

While completing a Liberty University doctoral program, you can choose specialized tracks to further equip you for an administrative role. We offer tracks in leadership, higher education, and curriculum and instruction, so you can pick the degree that gives you the right tools to achieve teaching excellence.

What is the Difference Between an EdD and a PhD in Education?

The biggest difference between an EdD and a PhD in education is the scope of the degree itself. While a PhD is primarily concerned with producing original research in the form of a dissertation, our EdD is designed so that you can complete exemplary research in the education field. As more of a practitioner’s degree, the EdD blends praxis and scholarship so that you can be better prepared to impact the field of education wherever you go. If you are more interested in producing original research to further the field of education, you may be interested in our PhD in Education.

Is a Doctorate in Education Worth It?

Yes – we think so! You can be better prepared to take advantage of the increased market demand for leaders in education

  • With an online doctorate in education, you may be eligible for higher pay than those who hold a master’s degree alone.
  • Throughout the program, you can network with your peers and professors while developing your writing and research for the final capstone project phase.
  • Completing an online EdD gives you a terminal educational credential that shows employers you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.

What Can Liberty’s Doctoral Programs Do for You?

Gain the credentials you need to expand your career horizons! Not only can your doctorate in education better prepare you to serve in your current classroom, but this program can also prepare you to pursue the following positions:

  • Curriculum specialist
  • Elementary educator
  • Gifted-student instructor
  • Instructional supervisor
  • Middle school educator
  • Researcher
  • School administrator
  • Secondary school educator
  • Special education instructor
  • University professor

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Liberty University Online Ed.D. Programs

We know that you have specific goals. With a wide offering of Ed.D. programs, you can be confident in partnering with Liberty as you continue your educational journey.

Administration and Supervision – Educational Leadership

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction – Educational Psychology

Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education

Curriculum and Instruction – Instructional Design and Technology

Curriculum and Instruction – Middle Grades Education

Curriculum and Instruction – Online Teaching and Learning

Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary Education

Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education

Educational Leadership

Higher Education Administration – Assessment and Evaluation

Higher Education Administration – Educational Leadership

Higher Education Administration – Organizational Leadership

Higher Education Administration – Student Affairs

Instructional Design and Technology

Special Education

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Providing World-Class Education to Military Students Across the Globe

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 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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Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Online Doctoral Programs in Education

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.

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*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.

Transfer Policies

At Liberty, we want to help you make the most of your prior education by allowing you to transfer in previously earned college credit. That’s why you can transfer in up to 50% of your total credits for a master’s or doctoral program!

Some restrictions apply. Please visit our Transfer Policy page for more information.