Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)

Educational Leadership (Ph.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2020 through summer 2021. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Education Theory Courses
EDUC 701Advanced Learning Theory and Research3
EDUC 703Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education3
Total Hours6
Education Leadership Core Courses
EDUC 741Theories of Educational Leadership 13
EDUC 746Conflict Resolution3
EDUC 840Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership3
Choose six credits of the following:6
EDUC 723
Issues & Trends in Learning Technologies 1
Organizational Analysis and Problem Solving
Culture and Educational Leadership
Total Hours15
Elective Courses
EDUC Elective 13
EDUC Elective 13
Total Hours6
Research Courses
EDUC 812Advanced Educational Statistics3
EDUC 815Quantitative Methods of Research3
EDUC 817Qualitative Methods of Research3
EDUC 860Literature Review for Advanced Research2-3
EDUC 980Research Concepts & Methodology 13
Choose one of the following:3
Advanced Quantitative Methods of Research
Advanced Qualitative Methods of Research
Total Hours17-18
Dissertation Courses 1
EDUC 987Dissertation I 25
EDUC 988Dissertation II 25
EDUC 989Dissertation III 25
EDUC 990Dissertation IV3
Total Hours18

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 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 defense of dissertation
  • 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
    • Applicants who have previously completed an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) or equivalent degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered for advanced standing (up to 24 hours) in the Ph.D. program. Students who have earned an Ed.S. degree through Liberty are permitted to apply up to 27 hours (as applicable) from that degree toward the Ph.D.
    • There is a limit of 5 years for completion of the Ph.D. for students who were granted 18 hours or more of advanced standing credit from a previously completed Ed.S. or equivalent degree.

Program Offered in Online Format

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