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Liberty University Online | Doctor of Education - Leadership

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program with a specialization in Educational Leadership through Liberty University Online is designed to provide students with advanced training in the field of higher education. Read on to learn more about Liberty's Ed.D. program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Leadership

School Offering Program:

Liberty University Online

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Liberty's Ed.D. program must hold a master's degree in education or a related field from an accredited university or college. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Liberty's Ed.D. program with a specialization in Educational Leadership, aims to develop competent and effective leaders with a Christian worldview who will model high academic standards and assume a leadership role in the field of education. Your classes will focus on educational leadership, leadership development and the best educational practices. A minimum of nine credit hours must be taken residentially on Liberty's campus. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

60 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Many of LU Online students receive some form of financial aid, including federal grants and loans. Liberty University also offers an experienced financial support staff to help you find scholarships.

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Required Courses for an Ed.D. - Educational Leadership

Required Courses

  • EDUC 701: Theories and Research in Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 703: Theories of Historical and Social Foundations (3 credits)
  • EDUC 712: Advanced Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • EDUC 715: Quantitative Methods of Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 740: Leadership Principles and Ethics (3 credits)
  • EDUC 741: Theories of Educational Leadership 1 & 3 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 742: Educational Leadership and Public Relations (3 credits)
  • EDUC 745: Systems Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDUC 746: Conflict Resolutions (3 credits)
  • EDUC 747: Advanced School Law 1 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 817: Qualitative Methods of Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 840: Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDUC 848: Culture and Educational Leadership (K-12) (3 credits) OR EDUC 849: College and University Administration (Higher Education) (3 credits)
  • EDUC 919: Professional Writing Publication 1 & 5 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 970: Comprehensive Exam (0 credits)
  • EDUC 980: Dissertation Prospectus (3 credits)
  • EDUC 989: Dissertation Proposal and Research 2 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 989: Dissertation Proposal and Research 2 (3 credits)
  • EDUC 990: Dissertation Defense 4 (3 credits)
  • EDUC Electives (6 credits)

Please note that degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Before applying, students should contact LU Online to confirm the most accurate program information.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Potential Career Paths

Graduates of the Ed.D. program through LU Online are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to seek positions of leadership in the field of education.

Career Options:

  • Academic Dean
  • Admissions Director
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • College Professor
  • District Administrator
  • Educational Administrator
  • Provost
  • Principal
  • Researcher
  • School Administrator
  • Superintendent
  • Teacher

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