Online Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in Virginia

There are currently four schools in Virginia that offer Doctor of Education programs online. Liberty University, Regent University, Marymount University, and the University of Virginia all have EdD degrees students can pursue entirely online or with minimal campus requirements. In total, these schools offer five different online programs for students to choose from, in specializations ranging from Higher Education to Christian Leadership, Adult Education, Educational Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation.

All of the schools listed on this page are non-profit universities, regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Some of the programs and departments below are also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).*

Schools in Virginia with Online EdD Programs

Located in Lynchburg, Liberty University has a total of three EdD programs available for online study. The first, offered through their Rawlings School of Divinity, is an online Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership with emphasis on Ministry Leadership. This applied theology degree program is comprised of 60 credit hours and designed to be completed in as few as three years (with students taking an average of three and a half years). Curriculum includes courses such as Biblical and Theological Foundations of Leadership, Organizational Theory and Development, Character and Ethics in Leadership and Education, Group and Team Dynamics: Theory and Practice, and Change, Power, and Conflict in Leadership, as well as 27 hours of research methods and dissertation work. The program is delivered entirely online through asynchronous instruction. Students can access lectures and participate in seminar discussions at any time, and are never required to visit campus during their course of study.

Liberty offers two additional online EdD programs through its School of Education: a Doctor of Education in Education Leadership and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Both consist of 54 credits and take an average of three years to complete. The EdD in Education Leadership is intended for professionals who want to take on leadership roles in both schools and the larger community, identifying and solving educational challenges while creating the most positive experience possible for students. It includes courses in Advanced Learning Theory and Research, Educational Law, Theories of Educational Leadership, Public Relations, School Finance, Conflict Resolution, and more.

The EdD in Curriculum and Instruction offers five different specializations for students to choose from, with areas of study in Elementary Education, General Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. Coursework varies by concentration, but all students can expect to take two Education Theory courses, four classes related to Research and Evaluation, and a Curriculum and Instruction Core consisting of courses in Learning Technologies, Curriculum Theory, Curriculum Design and Development, Investigations in Curriculum Change, and Trends and Issues in Curriculum and Instruction. Both programs are fully online with no in-person requirements. However, the EdD in Curriculum and Instruction offers three to four optional intensives on Liberty’s campus in Central Virginia, which range in length from a weekend to one week.

Located in Arlington, Marymount University offers an Online EdD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation through its School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Education. Students in this program take a set curriculum of 48 credits that cover topics such as organizational leadership theory and practice, ethical leadership and social justice, transformative leadership, models of coaching and mentorship, conflict and crisis management, global leadership policy, advanced research methodologies, and administration of social and human capital. These classes are designed to empower students to enact organizational change and pedagogical improvements in diverse settings, collaborate with stakeholders to develop multifaceted and ongoing strategies for continual improvement, and to utilize advanced applied research skills and methods to evaluate the efficacy of initiatives and modify accordingly. After completing the majority of their coursework, students complete a doctoral project or a final research paper as their final graduation requirement.

Regent University in Virginia Beach offers an online Doctor of Education program with twelve possible degree concentrations. Students can pursue their EdD online in Adult Education, Advanced Educational Leadership, Character Education, Christian Education Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology and Online Learning, Exceptional Education Executive Leadership, Higher Education, Higher Education Leadership and Management, K-12 School Leadership, or Special Education. Available through Regent’s School of Education, the EdD program uses a cohort model, with start dates in the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Details vary by specialization; however, all require a minimum of 66 credit hours and use eight-week terms instead of the traditional semester or quarter system. The program is designed to be finished in around four years (including dissertation work), but students have up to seven years to complete their degree, if necessary. Coursework is delivered online, and each degree track includes three on-campus residencies spread throughout the course of study. Students who already possess an Educational Specialist (EdS) or equivalent degree may be admitted with advanced standing, transferring credit from their previous postgraduate work towards completion of the EdD.

Finally, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, located in Charlottesville, has a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction students can pursue online in one of several emphases. The program, which requires a minimum of 72 credit hours, offers concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology, Educational Innovation, Literacy, English as a Second Language, and Gifted Education. Full-time students can expect to finish their degree in around three years. A part-time option is also available, and typically takes four to seven years of study. Curriculum is comprised of an 18-credit Curriculum and Instruction Core, an 18-credit Research Methods Sequence, 12 credit hours in one’s Area of Emphasis, six credits of electives, a six-credit internship, 10 credit hours related to the culminating Capstone Project, and two credit hours of exams. UVA’s EdD in Curriculum and Instruction can be completed entirely online, with no campus residency requirements.


Online EdD Programs in Virginia

Below is a list of all the schools in Virginia that offer EdD programs online. For more information about any of the degrees described above, click on the corresponding link below to visit the program’s website.

Liberty University

Accreditation: SACSCOC, NCATE

Marymount University

Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAEP
Department: School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Education

Radford University

Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAEP
Department: School of Teacher Education and Leadership

University of Virginia

Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAEP

Virginia Commonwealth University

Accreditation: SACSCOC, NCATE

*The Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP) is now recognized as the sole accrediting body for education preparation programs in the United States. NCATE and TEAC accredited programs will become CAEP accredited when their accreditation is up for renewal.