PhD in Advanced Educational Studies – Educational Leadership Forging Breakthroughs in Leadership Practice


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Transfer in up to 39 credits

Have you received your Doctor of Education (EdD), but you find yourself needing a degree that helps you move into the realm of research so you can make valuable contributions to your field? Liberty University has designed a unique opportunity to transfer up to 39 credits of your conferred EdD credit into our PhD in Advanced Educational Studies – Educational Leadership.

Successful education requires outstanding leadership and guidance at the top of the organization. Liberty University’s 100% online PhD in educational leadership degree program can expand your knowledge, skills, and training in the leadership aspects of education. Additionally, you can use your degree to gain a strong authority in leadership found in corporations, businesses, and successful educational administrations. Each course in the online education degree integrates specific course materials and assignments that require you to examine relevant topics and current events in light of Scripture and a Christian worldview.

With advanced training in education, organizational leadership, ethics, and research, you can gain valuable communication and problem-solving skills needed to lead your students and organization to success. Our PhD in Advanced Educational Studies – Educational Leadership online can provide you with the tools and skills you need to lead an educational administration and develop research materials and publications to contribute to the body of knowledge in educational leadership.

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  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

Your time is valuable, so we have designed this degree to allow graduates from EdD programs the opportunity to add a specialization and pursue a PhD degree without needing to start from the beginning of a doctoral program. Liberty’s online PhD in Advanced Educational Studies in Educational Leadership can help you expand on your EdD research or capstone project by giving you the chance to create a dissertation on a similar research topic.

We designed our online PhD in educational leadership to allow EdD graduates the opportunity to transfer up to two-thirds of their conferred credit into a Liberty PhD in Advanced Educational Studies program. Furthermore, it’s 100% online, which means you are not required to attend courses on campus at any time as you pursue your degree. We are committed to helping you obtain your degree in a way that is most convenient for you. You can also receive training and instruction from professors who are grounded in their Christian faith and ready to equip you to be a Champion for Christ in the education field.

Liberty University’s educational leadership courses integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills necessary for effective educational leadership. Our courses teach you how to analyze and evaluate rational and irrational decision-making from an ethical standpoint for educational leadership and policy formulation.

As you begin our PhD in educational leadership degree online, you can learn how to apply organizational theories and models to create and lead effective higher education organizations and implement best practices. You can also cover issues of effective communication and how to develop productive relationships both within and outside of the school.

In addition, you can conduct research and work on your dissertation to contribute to the field of educational leadership. This shift in course emphasis can allow you to take what you’ve gained in your professional degree and apply it to a more research-focused doctorate.

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Doctoral Full Time $595/Credit
Doctoral Part Time $650/Credit

Eligible current and former military service members and their spouses may qualify for a special rate of $300/credit hour (learn more).

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  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees

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We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want – at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity as you work toward your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.