Online Doctorate Degrees
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Aug 24, 2020
NCATE through CAEP

Master Instructional Planning with Our Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Degree Program 

You can reach the pinnacle of your career and academic pursuit with our 100% online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction degree. In our online Ed.D. 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. You will also develop research and apply it to practical problems in education through the capstone project.

At Liberty University, our online Ed.D. 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. With the curriculum and instruction area of study, you have the flexibility to focus on the courses you need to become an expert in your field.

Our Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree program is designed to allow you the freedom to focus on those aspects of learning which you are most passionate about. Our education doctorate degree lets you select an area of study that fits your career needs, or you can use your electives to create a personalized degree program unique to your personal and professional desires.

Available Online Areas of Study

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

Elementary Education

Doctor Of Education EdD In Curriculum And Instruction Tile

General Education

Doctor Of Education Curriculum And Instruction Instructional Design And Technology Tile

Instructional Design and Technology

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

Middle Grades Education

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

Secondary Education

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

Special Education

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Education – Curriculum and Instruction Degree?

Through our doctorate in education online degree program, you will learn from experienced education professionals who will mentor you as you become an advanced educator, administrator, and researcher. Our Ed.D. degree offers a robust theoretical framework that helps you extend your teaching methods to a higher order of application, allowing you to evaluate and address teaching challenges in K-12 institutions and universities.

Liberty University’s Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degrees are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). You can be confident that your Ed.D. has met rigorous academic standards and will be well-respected among educational institutions.

Liberty’s online doctorate of education degree 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 critical hands-on training.

What Will You Learn in Our Online Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) – Curriculum and Instruction Degree Program?

The core content of our online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction degree program will enhance your understanding of essential educational concepts while giving you practical classroom management tools and helping you publish cutting-edge research. Your online education courses will focus on current trends in curriculum development as well as prevalent theories of curriculum planning and possible changes coming in the future. 

Our online Ed.D. degree advances your skills in quantitative and qualitative methods of research, establishes advanced learning theory and research skills, and provides many other competencies essential for advanced educators. And 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, which will ensure that you have all the tools you need to achieve teaching excellence.

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Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Specializations

Our online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction degree program has several areas of specialization for specific roles and career needs:

Elementary Education


Instructional Design and Technology

Middle Grades Education

Secondary Education

Special Education

Our Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Program Highlights

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others 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 5 years – and counting.
  • Our online Ed.D. programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • This Ed.D. online degree program allows you to meet your peers and professors in person through optional on-campus intensives. 
  • With the online Ed.D. degree’s blended program format, you can be confident that your skills and knowledge are not only theoretical but have been tested in a hands-on environment as well.

Online Doctor of Education — Curriculum and Instruction Degree Information

  • An education background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 701.
  • Students in this degree program can complete 3-4 optional on-campus intensives. Most intensives are offered in a week-long course format with a few being offered in a weekend format.

  • An extensive final capstone project is required.
  • This online Ed.D. degree falls under the School of Education.

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 for graduate and Ed.S./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

Admission Requirements for Our Online Ed.D. 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*
  • 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.

Liberty’s online Doctor of Education 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.

What are the Benefits of the Online Doctorate in Education?

  • Completing your Ed.D. gives you a terminal educational credential that shows employers you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.
  • The online Doctor of Education gives you the opportunity to include licensure-track requirements for initial licensure, advanced licensure, or add-on licensure to your current credentials.
  • Completing the Ed.D. online program’s capstone project will empower you to make a unique impact in educational practice that can become the basis for publications, curriculum material products, and other publishing opportunities.
  • With the online Ed.D. 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.