Liberty PhD Education, Online PhD Education
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Class Type 100% online, 8-week courses
Next Start Date May 11, 2020
Transfer Credits Transfer in up to 15 credits
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Shape Educational Policy and Lead with Authority by Earning an Online Ph.D. in Education

Imagine using your degree to influence educational policies and create instrumental courses in programs across the country. By earning a 100% online Ph.D. in Education degree from Liberty University, you can. With the variety of degree specializations we provide, you have the flexibility to focus your studies on an area that matches your unique career goals.

Here are some of the benefits of partnering with Liberty University to pursue your Ph.D. in Education online:

  • Liberty’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through CAEP.
  • Our online Ph.D. in Education can prepare you for careers in various schools and administrative settings within the field of education.
  • Our School of Education is committed to providing quality education based on the principles of God’s Word.
  • You can become a positive influence in your school and community as you make an impact for Christ!

Pursue a degree that inspires you. With a Ph.D. in Education online from Liberty, you will learn how to shape and design new curriculums. Not only that, but your courses will equip you with effective management principles so you can lead administrations at all levels. As a Christian university, our online Ph.D. programs in education also examine relevant topics and current events in light of a Christian worldview.

Receive advanced training in education, organizational leadership, and research so you can gain invaluable communication and problem-solving skills. This knowledge will help you lead your students and organization to success. Our online Ph.D. in Education program will provide you with the skills you need to oversee an educational administration at the county, state, or national level.

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Is a Ph.D. in Education worth it?

With a Ph.D. in Education, you’ll be in a position to take advantage of the increased market demand for leaders in education:

  • You will likely be eligible for higher pay than those who only hold a master’s degree.
  • You’ll be able to gain invaluable networks with your peers and professors while pursuing one of our online Ph.D. programs in education during optional on-campus intensives.
  • Completing an online Ph.D. in Education gives you a terminal education credential that shows employers you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.

What will you learn in Liberty’s online Ph.D. in Education?

As you begin our online Ph.D. in Education degree, you will study core curriculum critical to leadership in K-12 and higher education settings.

You will analyze pedagogical concepts and approaches based on research and knowledge of the discipline.

Our Ph.D. in Education online specializations allow you to acquire a robust knowledge of educational theories and practices. This awareness will be vital in addressing the current teaching challenges found in your respective discipline.

Your doctorate in education can help you add value and fresh ideas to the field of education.

Liberty’s Online Ed.D. in Education

  • Practitioner-focused
  • Practice-based
  • Ideal for K-12 school administrators, teachers, and educational leaders at the university level
  • Applied research track — includes a general survey of educational and applied research
  • Dissertation: an opportunity for you to apply the content knowledge learned in your program to solve a problem of practice in your profession while using an applied research method to study a problem in your field and develop a practical solution

Liberty’s Online Ph.D. in Education

  • Research-focused
  • Theory-based
  • Ideal for those wanting to pursue a career in research or in teaching at the university level
  • Quantitative/qualitative research track — advanced statistics and qualitative/quantitative methods
  • Dissertation: an opportunity for you to apply advanced qualitative or quantitative research methods and demonstrate high-level scholarship through a theory-based study to address a gap in current literature and add to the body of existing research by other experts in the field

What can a Ph.D. in Education do for you?

Gain the credentials you need to expand your career horizons! Your online Ph.D. in Education can prepare you to better serve in your current position or any of the following occupations:

  • 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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Why Choose Liberty’s Ph.D. in Education Online Program?

Liberty’s online Ph.D. in Education is designed to provide the training you need to work in top leadership positions within education. Do you want to research and produce groundbreaking programs, or lead educational administrations at all levels? If so, one of our program specializations in organizational leadership or curriculum and instruction may be a great fit for you!

Our Ph.D. in Education is available 100% online. But if you would like some face-to-face interaction, we also offer optional, on-campus intensives. We want to help you earn your degree in a way that is most convenient for you.

See what we’ve been able to do to make earning your degree as convenient as possible:

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 4 straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Meet your peers and professors! With the online Ph.D. in Education program, you can complete optional intensives on our campus in Virginia. This is a great chance to further develop your writing and research for the final dissertation phase of the program.
  • Liberty’s online Ph.D. in Education provides an integrated dissertation process. That means you can work toward your final research project while completing your coursework!
  • Completing a terminal degree like the Ph.D. in Education shows employers that you have reached the pinnacle of your field’s achievement.
  • Make a unique impact on educational research using your dissertation. With the Ph.D. online program’s dissertation, your research can become the basis for publications, curriculum material products, and more!

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Online Ph.D. in Education Specializations

By personalizing your online Ph.D. in Education with a cognate, you can open doors to new careers or career advancement. Whether you want to create more effective curriculums for your school, or you want to help implement ethical educational policies, we have a program to help you get there.

Take a moment to explore all the options available to you.

Curriculum and Instruction

With Liberty University’s online Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Curriculum and Instruction, you will learn how to create innovative and effective curriculum designed to help students discover their full potential.

What will you learn from your online Ph.D. in Education?

  • Trends in learning theories and educational technology
  • How to design curriculum and implement instructional practices
  • Advanced educational statistics
  • Research concepts and methodology for curriculum and instruction

Potential Career Options

  • Curriculum specialist
  • Educational consultant
  • K-12 administrator
  • Superintendent
  • University professor

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Educational Law

Liberty’s Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Educational Law can help you master the legal aspects of education. These concepts can be readily applied as you lead in your school, corporation, or education-related business.

What will you learn from your online Ph.D. in Education?

  • How to conduct and apply research in classroom management, learning, motivation, assessment, and teaching
  • How social and cultural changes influence the way our courts act and react
  • The laws governing education in order to understand the demands and restrictions of the “separation of church and state”
  • How to assess and evaluate contemporary educational policies, implications, and issues for education effectiveness

Potential Career Options

  • Education advocate
  • Education survey researcher
  • Educational policy legislator
  • K-12 administrator
  • University administrator
  • University professor

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Instructional Design and Technology

Technology is an integral part of education both online and in the classroom. Become an expert in the growing field of distance learning with Liberty’s Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Instructional Design and Technology.

What will you learn from your online Ph.D. in Education?

  • How to develop support products and processes to enhance learning efficiency
  • How to develop web-based courses for online learning
  • Issues and trends in learning technologies
  • Principles of human performance technology

Potential Career Options

  • Director of e-learning
  • Distance learning senior director
  • Instructional design/technology researcher
  • Senior instructional design specialist
  • University professor

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Organizational Leadership

Guide your educational organization as you implement business communication and problem-solving best practices with Liberty’s online Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Organizational Leadership.

What will you learn from your online Ph.D. in Education?

  • Education policy, structure, and theories of organizational leadership
  • Strategic management solutions to common leadership problems
  • Issues and trends in learning technologies
  • Risk management process and practice

Potential Career Options

  • Headmaster
  • K-12 administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Superintendent
  • University administrator/professor

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Special Education

Liberty University’s online Doctor of Philosophy in Education – Special Education can help you develop and implement evidence-based practices for students with special needs.

What will you learn from your online Ph.D. in Education?

  • Program development for children with behavioral disorders, special needs, and those who excel academically
  • Theories of educational leadership needed to lead an academic institution
  • How to best evaluate and assess individual student needs
  • The history and future of special education in America

Potential Career Options

  • Behavior management researcher/specialist
  • Director of special education
  • K-12 special education instructor/administrator
  • Principal
  • University professor

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Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Ph.D. in Education Online

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
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed transcript request form**
  • 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.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.

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