Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling (Ed.D.)
This program is delivered online.
The purpose of the Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling is to prepare counselors via the integration of a biblical worldview, relevant research and focused application to serve as educators, administrators, researchers, supervisors, and consultants who demonstrate the highest level of competence and scholarship. Programmatic emphasis on ethical, evidence-based, and biblically grounded practice offers an innovative approach to understanding today's increasingly complex and diverse society.
Program Learning Outcomes
A graduate of the Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (Ed.D.) program will be able to:
- Synthesize a wide array of theories and relevant research from a biblical worldview.
- Assess and incorporate ethical standards in the helping professions.
- Compare and contrast current research involving individuals with a broad array of presenting problems in the areas of community, pastoral, and marriage and family counseling.
- Formulate theoretical interventions in all core curricular areas of counseling utilizing a biblical worldview and a research-based awareness of industry best practices.
The Ed.D. program requires completion of a minimum of 57 hours of post-master’s Ed.D. doctoral-level coursework including program orientation, core courses, cognate courses, and dissertation coursework, research, and defense.
Program Specific Admission Procedures
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures for the Ed.D. are listed below. Submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at: http://www.liberty.edu/apply.
- Academic Records. Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from all schools previously attended.
- A master’s degree in counseling, human services, or a related area is required before enrolling in doctoral-level coursework.
- Applicants with a non-counseling master’s degree will be required to complete either CEFS 515 Research and Program Evaluation (3 c.h.), COUC 515 Research and Program Evaluation (3 c.h.), or EDUC 518 Educational Research and Assessment (3 c.h.) before taking any Ed.D. coursework.
- Applicants lacking a graduate-level statistics course will be required to complete CEFS 515 Research and Program Evaluation (3 c.h.), or COUC 515 Research and Program Evaluation (3 c.h.), or EDUC 518 Educational Research and Assessment (3 c.h.), or its equivalent.
- Ed.D. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in their Master’s degree for entrance to the Ed.D.
- Professional Vita. Include degrees earned, educational experience, and career goals.
- TOEFL scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test, 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).
- Applicants must submit a 1000-to-1500 word Statement of Purpose answering the following questions:
- How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies at Liberty University?
- What is your goal with regard to pursuing doctoral education at Liberty University?
- Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.
- Contact information for two recommendations may be requested as an additional requirement on a case-by-case basis.
- Admissions Committee: Once all of the admissions materials are received, the Graduate Admissions Office will send the student’s file to the Admissions Committee to review. Admission to the program requires the approval of the Ed.D. Admissions Committee, who may also request additional actions prior to admittance, if deemed necessary (e.g., an admissions interviews; additional writing sample, etc.)
- Notification of Admission: Official notification of admission, and of any conditions attached to that admission, is made in a letter sent to the applicant by the Ed.D. Admission Committee. Correspondence or notification from other sources does not constitute official notice of admission.
Transfer of Credit
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the Department of Community Care and Counseling Graduate Admissions Committee for the Ed.D. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to 15 semester hours may be transferred into the Ed.D. program. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous seven (7) years. Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level.
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University catalog, Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling students must meet the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 57 semester hours beyond the master’s degree for Ed.D. (Including dissertation).
- A minimum of 42 semester hours of coursework must be taken through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
- A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
- Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no grade lower than a B-. While all course grades are averaged into students’ Grade Point Average (GPA), course credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of C, D, or F. Prerequisite courses taken after admittance into the program will simply require a grade of C or better for completion.
- For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
- All contracts made between the Community Care and Counseling Ed.D. Graduate Committee and the student upon acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
- Degree must be completed within 7 years.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
Before the student begins his/her dissertation research, the doctoral dissertation committee must approve the research proposal. The dissertation is expected to exhibit scholarship, reflect master of technique, and make a distinctive contribution to the field of knowledge in which the candidate has specialized. A faculty committee of at least two (2) members, comprising a chair and at least one (1) other approved member is responsible for the general supervision of the doctoral dissertation. A defense of the dissertation is required for final approval.
Once students enter the dissertation phase of their degree, they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete all degree requirements. If they do not, they will break enrollment, and they will be required to apply for readmission if/when they wish to resume the pursuit of their degree. They will have to complete their degree under the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of their readmission.
Time Limits For Degree Completion
The time limit for completing the degree from the date of admission to the program is seven (7) years for the Ed.D. Only in unusual circumstance may the student be granted an extension. Granting of an extension of time will usually result in additional requirements. Any student who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit, for any reason including discontinues enrollment, must reapply for admission. A student may reapply only once, and will be subject to the current standards and curriculum. The Ed.D. Graduate Committee in the Department of Community Care and Counseling will determine if any previous courses are sufficiently time sensitive and must be repeated. Beginning with the date of readmission, the student’s time limit for degree completion is determined by the number of hours remaining.
Scheduling Residential Courses
All Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling courses are offered online. The three foundational and six core courses are “intensive optional.”
Delivery Format: Online Only