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Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction

Program Details

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program at Liberty University is designed to instruct current professionals that are interested in increasing their career marketability and broadening their knowledge within the field of education. The doctorate program integrates research, application and examination techniques within the course of study to enhance the student’s professional expertise. Through this curriculum, students will be trained to become adept leaders and gain experience making balanced decisions. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to be efficient leaders within possible careers as a superintendent, college instructor, principal, curriculum director or university administrator.

The online format of the Ed.D program has been developed to provide a challenging yet flexible course schedule for students.  The majority of the program is offered online; however, the program does require students to attend campus to complete intensives. Intensives are accelerated one-week courses that allow students to interact with other doctorate students and faculty during workshops and classes. The program specifies which courses may be taken as one of the student’s three required residential intensives.

In addition to the on-campus intensives, students will need to complete their Dissertation Defense (EDUC 990) course on campus. During the doctorate program, students will conduct research on an educational topic within the field of curriculum and instruction. Once research is finished, students will then need to complete an oral exam or “defense” on their research prior to submission. Students must successfully defend their research and pass their comprehensive dissertation exam to graduate.

The doctorate program’s two concentrations are Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. The Curriculum and Instruction Concentration will teach concepts such as modern trends of special education, technology within educational administration, theoretical K-12 curriculum constructs, and psychological nature of college students. Students should also gain experience in testing assumptions of other people, analyzing controversial issues within special education exceptionalities and utilizing advanced models to implement change for problem-solving.

To graduate, students will be required to complete 60 credits. The total credits are fulfilled through the completion of 12 leadership core course credits, 12 research and evaluation core course credits, 24 curriculum and instruction concentration credits and 12 dissertation course credits. Some of the curriculum and instruction concentration courses are Research Issues and Trends in Exceptionality, Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement, and Investigations in Curriculum Change.

The program permits 15 credit hours to be transferred to the doctorate program; however, the remaining 45 credits must be earned through Liberty University. Acceptable transfer credit may also be credit earned from a previous doctorate degree completed through Liberty University. The program requires students to complete each course with a letter grade of “B-” or higher. In addition, students must complete the degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Once the program has begun, students must complete the degree within seven years.


Residency requirements:

  • 3 on-campus intensives
  • On-campus dissertation defense

Application requirements:

  • Official college transcripts
  • Master's degree in education (or a related field) with a 3.0 GPA from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants with a non-educational master’s degree may be required to complete M.Ed. core courses (up to 12 additional hours) before taking any post-graduate coursework.
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  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report - total verbal and quantitative score of 900, as well as a 4.0 or better on the analytical writing section (for tests taken before August 2011) or a total verbal and quantitative score of 300, as well as a 4.0 or better on the analytical writing section (for tests taken after August 2011). OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score report - total score of 400 or better (for tests taken in or after October 2004) or a total score of 50 or better (for tests taken before October 2004)
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Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


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