Special Education (Ed.D.)

Special Education (Ed.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. 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 is a non-licensure degree and is no a state-approved program. Completion of this degree will not lead to the eligibility of a VA state teaching license or a teaching license or certificate in any other state.

Education Courses
EDUC 701Advanced Learning Theory and Research3
EDUC 703Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education3
EDUC 730Issues & Trends in Learning Technologies3
or EDUC 745 Organizational Analysis and Problem Solving
Total Hours9
Special Education Core
EDSP 722History and Future of Special Education3
EDSP 723Administration and Supervision of Special Education3
EDSP 724Collaboration and Communication in Special Education3
EDSP 725Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education3
EDSP 726Disability and Learning3
EDSP 727Critical Review of Special Education Literature3
Total Hours18
Research 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

Intensive Format optional


EDUC 880 must be the final course taken before enrolling in Capstone Project courses


Once the student enters the Capstone Project phase (after completion of EDUC 880), they 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, EDUC 888, EDUC 889 a maximum of two times. Extensions for exceptional circumstances must be approved by the School of Education.


Enrollment in EDUC 890 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

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
EDUC 701 Advanced Learning Theory and Research 3
EDUC 703 Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education 3
EDSP 722 History and Future of Special Education 3
EDUC 730
Issues & Trends in Learning Technologies
or Organizational Analysis and Problem Solving
Second Semester
EDSP 723 Administration and Supervision of Special Education 3
EDSP 724 Collaboration and Communication in Special Education 3
EDSP 725 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education 3
EDSP 726 Disability and Learning 3
Second Year
First Semester
EDSP 727 Critical Review of Special Education Literature 3
EDUC 750 Survey of Educational Research 3
EDUC 816 Applied Research 3
Second Semester
EDUC 850 Literature Review for Applied Research 3
EDUC 880 Applied Research Concepts & Methodology 3
Third Year
First Semester
EDUC 887 Capstone I 5
Second Semester
EDUC 888 Capstone II 5
Fourth Year
First Semester
EDUC 889 Capstone III 5
Second Semester
EDUC 890 Capstone IV 0
 Total Hours54
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