Education (Ed.D.) - Educational Law

Education (Ed.D.) - Educational Law

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2019 through summer 2020. 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 not 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.  If you would like to be eligible for a VA state teaching license or work through reciprocity guidelines to be eligible for a license or certificate in another state, you must complete the coursework for this degree and the additional classes and requirements that are listed in the Notes section of the DCP.  Refer to

Education Theory Courses
EDUC 701Advanced Learning Theory and Research3
EDUC 703Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education3
Educational Law Concentration
Choose fifteen credit hours from the following:
Family Law
Children and the Law Seminar
Law of Nonprofits
Intellectual Property
First Amendment Law Seminar
School Law Seminar
Employment Law
Land Use and Zoning
Choose one of the following:
Educational Leadership and Public Relations
Organizational Analysis and Problem Solving
Choose one of the following:
College and University Administration
Culture and Educational Leadership
Research & Evaluation Courses
EDUC 750Survey of Educational Research 13
EDUC 816Applied Research3
EDUC 850Literature Review for Applied Research3
EDUC 880Applied Research Concepts & Methodology 23
Capstone 3
EDUC 887Capstone I 45
EDUC 888Capstone II 45
EDUC 889Capstone III 45
EDUC 890Capstone IV 50
Total Hours33

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 54 Total hours
  • A minimum of 39 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include 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*
  • 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

* 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 Ed.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 Ed.D.

** There is a limit of 5 years for completion of the Ed.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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