Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Doctor of Education is a doctoral program designed to provide learners with in-depth educational theory, teaching practice, and educational management skills.

The program combines in-depth pedagogical courses with in-depth doctoral thesis research in pedagogy. This contributes to a better balance of expertise and research capacity.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D) is the most prestigious pedagogical title.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program at the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) is a dual degree program between France and the United Kingdom. Students graduate with two independent degrees.

Graduates will receive:

  • Level 8 Diploma (Doctoral Level) under the RQF framework system: The LRN Level 8 Diploma in Education and Innovation Pedagogy
  • Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) from Université Libérale de Paris

Program Overview


Academic support:

  • The exclusive English language and academic support system provided by our partners assists international students in overcoming language barriers and difficulties.
  • Local tutors during classes
  • Additional workshops will be held locally to help students conduct and complete their Doctoral Thesis research with confidence.

Learning method:

The program is designed for both full-time students on our campus in France and international students by embracing the Hybrid model, which combines live classes and local tutors (online). With the Hybrid learning model, students can study French and UK programs and earn degrees as full-time students without living and working in France like our full-time students.

Degrees: 2 independent qualifications with a specialization based on the PhD thesis

  • Level 8 Diploma (Doctoral Level): LRN Level 8 Diploma in Education and Innovation Pedagogy.
  • Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from the Université Libérale de Paris.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) dual degree program is an applied research-oriented program in which students will take research-related courses and conduct research step by step with the assistance and supervision of instructors. If the student wishes to publish international articles on the ISI/SCOPUS system or international journals owned or affiliated with Paris-U after completing their studies, they will be guided through a customized route.

The program is two years long. Students are taught through a combination of global live lectures (Live Class) and online tutors and instructors.

Mandatory modules:

  • Develop advanced research approaches in a suitable context (30 credits)
  • Advanced Literature Review. (30 credits)
  • Advanced Design Research. (30credits)
  • Advanced Data Analytics for Research. (30 credits)

Students will complete each phase of their doctoral thesis after each course.

Dissertation (60 credits)

  • Doctoral Thesis (60 credits)
  • Defend Doctoral Thesis

The thesis for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) will be related to knowledge development in education and pedagogy.

Unlike PhD programs, the Doctor of Education program does not require but encourages the publication of academic journals on the ISI/SCOPUS system.

Students who complete the Doctor of Education dual degree program can:

  1. Be able to conduct research relevant to the educational and pedagogical research context.
  • Assess the topic’s importance, practicability, and research potential in education.
  • Develop and modify research objectives to suit orientation, research objectives, and research time constraints.
  • Analyze, consider alternatives, and make appropriate research decisions.

2. Be able to collect, organize, and choose theoretical foundations for PhD research projects

  • Collect a set of theoretical foundations related to the research topic.
  • Organize and develop theoretical foundation structures for research topics.

3. Be able to design an entire study.

  • Know how to conduct a literature review and select relevant studies to support the proposed research.
  • Design the research in accordance with the research objectives, research questions, and time frame.
  • Adjust the chosen research methodology while keeping research ethics and feasibility in mind.

4. Be able to create a research proposal and carry out research.

  • Consider theoretical foundations and research methods when developing research questions.
  • Develop research to international standards by writing a complete doctoral thesis on a chosen topic.
  • Understand how to present your research to the scientific panel.
  • The ability to persuade and think critically.

Université Libérale de Paris is the only university where Doctor of Education students can study a full range of specialized courses in Education and Pedagogy at both Master and Doctoral levels. Students use these specialized materials to expand their knowledge and aid in the research process.

All teaching materials for Pedagogical courses at the Master (Level 7 EQF) and Doctoral (Level 8 EQF) levels are posted on the learning management system (LMS). They are only accessible to PhD students at Université Libérale de Paris.

Students taking the Doctor of Education program have access to the following materials and lectures:

Ph.D students have both specialized knowledge at the doctoral level and research competence from the Ph.D. with the help of supplementary materials.

The doctoral programs at Université Libérale de Paris are designed with a training time of 3 to 5 years or more, culminating in a PhD thesis that meets international standards.

When participating in the PhD program in conjunction with the UK Level 8 qualification system, each PhD student can choose between two training programs, depending on their orientation: Specialized Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) or Doctor of Education (Ed.D).

Despite having the same major, the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) have many differences. Some of the fundamental differences are as follows:

No Criteria PhD Ed.D
1 Title Doctor of Philosophy in [specialization] (Ed.D. or D.Ed.; Latin Educationis Doctor or Doctor Educationis)
2 Categories Doctor of Science Professional Doctorate (a focus on career applications)
3 Level Doctor (highest academic level in professional specializations) Doctor (highest academic level in education and pedagogy)
4 Training time 3 – 5 years 2 – 5 years
5 Learning and research objectives Creating a new theoretical framework for a specific field and industry

Creating a new theoretical system and/or pedagogical applications.

6 International academic journals on ISI/SCOPUS If students require, they will be encouraged and guided on a customized route If students require, they will be encouraged and guided on a customized route
7 Courses Research courses and Colloquium Research courses and Colloquium
8 Doctoral thesis Highly academic  Highly practical
9 Postgraduate recognition Dr. Dr.
10 Level according to the European Qualifications Framework  Level 8 Level 8
11 Career path Education, Research Education, Management
12 Academic development path PostDoc PostDoc

Candidates who register for the program will be considered by the application department before joining the program, in addition to the entry requirements, to ensure that they understand and benefit from it.

Entry requirements must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Master’s degrees in specific fields from accredited universities.
  • RQF (UK), EQF (Europe), or equivalent level 7. Level 7 diplomas must be obtained from accredited institutions.
  • Université Libérale de Paris does not accept degrees from fake universities, Diploma Mills, or recognized universities but from untrustworthy accreditation bodies.

English language requirements:

  • English at or above CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level B2.
  • IELTS 5.5; Speaking and writing must both be 5.5 or higher.
  • In the lack of an English certification, the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) conducts an internal English test and evaluates each candidate.


The Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) reserves the right to accept or reject applications based on accrediting agency requirements and Paris-U’s global acceptance criteria.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program combines two qualificatons. Students graduate with:

LRN Level 8 Diploma in Education and Innovation Pedagogy.

In the United Kingdom, Level 8 is equivalent to:

LevelQualification FrameworkEquivalent degrees
8Level UK (RQF)Level 8 diploma
12Level in Scotland (SCQF)Doctoral Degrees
Professional Development Awards
DoctorThe Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK (FHEQ)Doctorate, for example, Doctor of philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
8Level in Europe (EQF)Doctorate, for example Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
Level 8 diploma
10Level in Australia (AQF)Doctoral Degree
10Level in Africa (ACQF)Doctoral Degree
8Level ASEAN (ARQF)Doctoral Degree
Level 8 Diploma

Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) from Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U)

The Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Doctorate in Education is equivalent to the Level 8 Diploma of the EQF European Qualification Framework and is assessed using the Paris-U accreditation system.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) is the highest level of education. The dual degree program combines the UK Diploma with the Doctorate of Education from the Université Libérale de Paris. Research students can advance their careers as experts, theoretical and practical research specialists, lecturers, or senior positions in the industry.

If students want to conduct in-depth international research, publish more international articles on the ISI/SCOPUS system, and so on, they can enroll in PostDoc programs tailored to their research interests.

Graduate students can also publish books, studies developed during their studies, or research that comes up during their studies.


  • Students are full-time Université Libérale de Paris students (Paris-U).
  • Students pursue the original program as full-time students at Université Libérale de Paris in France (Paris-U).
  • The program is entirely taught in English. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not adopt the education system for French-taught programs in France.
  • Degrees awarded by Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) are classified as private university degrees. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) degrees are not part of the public education system, not owned by the French government, and are not part of the France-based higher education system.
  • Fees and scholarship policies (if applicable) are subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Liability Disclaimer

  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and its partners make no assurances that students who enrol will graduate and receive a degree. Only if the student fully meets and fulfils the academic, financial, disciplinary, and other requirements does the Université Libérale de Paris award degrees and recognize academic results.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) reserves the right to refuse admission, refuse support, cancel student status, and not reimburse tuition and fees in the case of a commit of violations, absenteeism, or voluntary refusal to continue the program.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) cannot guarantee that a degree will be accepted by a third party. The receiving organisation subjectivity determines whether or not to accept.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not guarantee that students will receive a salary increase, promotion, or be accepted into new positions or jobs after graduation.
  • Despite regulations governing cross-recognition and qualifications equivalence, each country, organization, and unit has their own right to receive and recognize degrees. Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) does not guarantee automatic degree recognition when using degrees, certificates, transcripts, and other documents from the Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) and partner schools. Similarly, Université Libérale de Paris does not guarantee or support the process of recognizing equivalent qualifications (if any).
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) makes no guarantees or commitments that students will be able to reside, work abroad, obtain a work permit, a teaching license, or a specialist license in France, Europe, or any other country.
  • Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers extreme assistance, but cannot guarantee students 100% of a short-term study visa (in case of full-time study) or European visa (to attend the graduation ceremony in France and/or Europe) if it does not meet the requirements of the host country and the appropriate authorities in granting and approving the right to exit, move, and migrate.
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Tuition Fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and are subject to change without notice. In some cases, Paris-U offers a variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

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