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
Jan 13, 2020
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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 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. In our online Ed.D. degree program, 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.

Additionally, you’ll conduct your own research and contribute new knowledge to the field with a dissertation. Liberty’s Doctor of Education online degree is a model of high academic standards and leadership in education, and it can provide you with the specialized skills necessary to become an effective educational administrator, university faculty member, senior-level educational leader, or educational policymaker. 

Online Doctor of Education Specializations

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership

Doctor Of Education EdD In Curriculum And Instruction Tile

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction

Ed.D. In Curriculum And Instruction – Elementary Education Tile

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education

Ed.D. In Curriculum And Instruction – Middle Grades Education Tile

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Middle Grades

Ed.D. In Curriculum And Instruction – Secondary Education Tile

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary

Ed.D. In Curriculum And Instruction – Special Education Tile

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Special Education

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Education?

Through Liberty University’s Doctorate of Education online program, you will engage with knowledgeable education professionals who will mentor and help you to become an advanced educator, administrator, and researcher. Our online doctoral 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 Doctor 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 doctorate 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. 

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.)

What Will You Learn in the Online Ed.D. Degree Program?

The core content of the online Doctor of Education degree program will enhance your understanding of essential educational concepts while giving you practical classroom management tools and helping you publish cutting-edge research. The online Ed.D. 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 Doctor of 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.

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

Our 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.
  • This online Ed.D. degree falls under the School of Education.

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Military Benefits for Our Online Ed.D. Degree Program 

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from 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 and Ed.S./Ed.D. students
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First 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 of Education Degree Program

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*
  • 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.

Our Online Doctor of Education Degree Program Highlights

  • By earning your Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% 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.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 4 years – and counting.
  • 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.
  • Most students complete the Ed.D. online in 3 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 online Doctor of Education degree program 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.