Administration & Supervision (Ed.D.) - Educational Leadership

Administration & Supervision (Ed.D.) - Educational Leadership

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

 This degree is only for licensed educators pursuing an endorsement in Administration. In order to pursue the culminating internship and advanced endorsement, candidates must document (a) an active, renewable teaching or school counseling license; and (b) one year of full-time contractual teaching or school counseling experience completed under a license. Three years of experience and passage of relevant licensure tests are required in order to apply for the endorsement. Candidates not seeking a licensure endorsement in Administration should consider a non-licensure Educational Leadership degree. Please refer to the Advising Guide. Candidates outside VA should consult their state licensure regulations and also see

Administration & Supervision Core Courses
EDAS 743Executive Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction3
EDAS 747Advanced Educational Law 13
EDAS 748School District Finance and Organizational Management3
EDUC 701Advanced Learning Theory and Research3
EDUC 730Issues & Trends in Learning Technologies 13
Total Hours15

Intensive format optional

Educational Leadership Cognate
EDAS 740Leadership Principles and Ethics3
EDAS 741Theories of Educational Leadership 13
EDAS 742Educational Leadership and Public Relations3
Total Hours9

Intensive format optional

Gate Courses
EDGT 689School of Education Gate 1 – Graduate Advanced Licensure0
EDGT 691School of Education Gate 2 – Graduate Advanced Licensure0
EDGT 692School of Education Gate 3 – Graduate Advanced Licensure0
Total Hours0
Field Experience Courses
EDAS 588Practicum I – School Administration0
EDAS 688Practicum II – School Administration0
EDAS 699Internship3
Total Hours3
Research & Evaluation Courses
EDUC 750Survey of Educational Research 13
EDUC 816Applied Research3
EDUC 850Literature Review for Applied Research3
EDUC 880Applied Research Concepts & Methodology 2,33
Total Hours12

A minimum of 18 Doctoral credit hours must be earned prior to enrollment in EDUC 750 Survey of Educational Research (3 c.h.)


EDUC 880 Applied Research Concepts & Methodology (3 c.h.) must be the final course taken before enrolling in doctoral project courses, with the exception of EDAS 699 Internship (3 c.h.), which may be taken after EDUC 880 Applied Research Concepts & Methodology (3 c.h.) and concurrently with the doctoral project courses.


Once the student enters the doctoral project phase (after completion of EDUC 880 Applied Research Concepts & Methodology (3 c.h.)), he/she must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed

Capstone Project
EDUC 887Capstone I 15
EDUC 888Capstone II 15
EDUC 889Capstone III 15
EDUC 890Capstone IV 20
Total Hours15

Ed.D. students are allowed to enroll in EDUC 887 Capstone I (5 c.h.), EDUC 888 Capstone II (5 c.h.), and EDUC 889 Capstone III (5 c.h.) a maximum of two times. Extensions for exceptional circumstances must be approved by the School of Education


Enrollment in EDUC 890 Capstone IV (0 c.h.) is contingent on School of Education approval

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 54 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Successful completion of Capstone Project
  • 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

Program Offered in Online Format

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