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Liberty University Online

Reasons to Choose Liberty University:
  • Accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Approved by the Virginia Department of Education
  • Reciprocal Teacher Licensure Agreements with Other States
  • Largest Christian University in the World
  • Affordable: Tuition costs which are in the bottom 10% of all private colleges and universities in America.
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Liberty University - Education Programs

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Autism Education - Graduate Certificate
The Certificate of Autism Education provides training in current special education trends within Christian, public, and private schools settings. This program will explore the characteristics of and interventions for, students with autism, including the emotional, educational, and intellectual tools available to improve their learning environment.

The Autism Graduate Certificate is specifically geared toward individuals with an interest in providing for the challenges of students within the autism spectrum. Those who complete this program are eligible for a certificate from the Virginia Autism Council (15-hour practicum and EDUC 521 or equivalent required for VAC certificate).

Courses in the Autism Education Graduate Certificate program include:
  • Behavior Management
  • Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assessment
  • Communication, Language & Sensory Aspects of Autism



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Gifted Education - Graduate Certificate
he Certificate in Gifted Education is ideal for the educator looking to develop and implement creative teaching strategies for students who have been tapped as advanced learners. This program is perfect not only for classroom teachers, but also guidance counselors, administrators, and parents who wish to improve the learning environments of their children.

The Gifted Education Graduate Certificate is specifically geared toward individuals who have an interest in meeting the needs of students who are gifted.  For individuals who already have a teaching license, completion of this certificate qualifies for the add-on endorsement in Gifted education (45-hour practicum required for add-on endorsement).

Courses in the Gifted Education Graduate Certificate program include:
  • Principles & Practices in Gifted Education
  • Organization & Design of Gifted Education Programs
  • Educational Assessment for Special Needs
  • Readings & Research in Gifted Education



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Master of Religious Education
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary's Master of Religious Education program is the professional theological degree in Christian education and discipleship ministries, and is well-suited for individuals seeking a broad, foundational graduate degree in church ministry. This program is designed to equip men and women called by God to serve as professional Christian workers in such capacities as associate pastor, discipleship pastor and small group pastor, as well as other positions that require a general knowledge of church educational programs and discipleship ministries. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Master of Religious Education program include:
  • Discipleship Ministries
  • Ministry of Teaching
  • Christian Leadership
  • Small Group Ministries
  • Strategic Driven Ministries



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Elementary Education - Master of Arts in Teaching
Liberty University's Master of Arts in Teaching, with a specialization in Elementary Education is specifically geared toward individuals with no prior teaching experience who are interested in gaining initial teaching licensure in elementary education. Along with core courses in this program, you will study math, natural sciences, language acquisition and reading skills in order to obtain your specialization for licensure, and you will complete your student teaching requirement in the area in which you are seeking licensure. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is required, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for initial licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

The Elementary Education concentration seeks to:

  1. Provide additional breadth and depth beyond the undergraduate training.
  2. Develop the knowledge base and teaching competencies required for teacher licensure.
  3. Enhance professional preparation in the skills and methods of teaching content at the elementary level.
  4. Provide a deeper understanding of child and adolescent development.
  5. Foster learning experiences which encourage leadership in fostering creativity, investigation, testing of new ideas, and research.

Elementary licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia is PreK - 6, and the Middle School emphasis adds grades 6 - 8.

Candidates seeking licensure at the middle school level should have completed a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a strong background in two of the following four subject areas: English, History/Social Science, Mathematics, or Science. Any deficiencies in course requirements must be addressed prior to student teaching. In addition, candidates must successfully complete the appropriate Praxis II content exam(s) in the area(s) of endorsement prior to student teaching.

Coursework for the program is offered in multiple delivery formats with both on-campus and off-campus options. Program completion requires a minimum of 9 hours in the residential formats.

Courses in the Elementary Education MAT program include:
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Teaching the Natural and Social Sciences
  • Reading and Language Acquisition
  • Language Acquisition and Instruction



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Secondary Education - Master of Arts in Teaching
Liberty University's Master of Arts in Teaching, with a specialization in Secondary Education is specifically geared toward individuals with no prior teaching experience who are interested in gaining initial teaching licensure in secondary education. Along with core courses in this program, you will study behavior management, curriculum development and other classes that pertain to your competency in order to obtain your specialization for licensure, and you will complete your student teaching requirement in the area in which you are seeking licensure. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is required, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for initial licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

The Secondary Education concentration seeks to:

  1. Provide additional breadth and depth beyond the undergraduate training.
  2. Develop the knowledge base and teaching competencies required for teacher licensure.
  3. Enhance professional preparation in the skills and methods of teaching content at elementary and secondary levels.
  4. Provide a deeper understanding of child and adolescent development.
  5. Foster learning experiences which encourage leadership in fostering creativity, investigation, testing of new ideas, and research.

Candidates seeking licensure as secondary teachers should have completed a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a major in the intended endorsement area or a degree in a related field with courses similar to that required for a bachelor's degree in the field of study. Any deficiencies in course requirements must be addressed prior to student teaching. In addition, candidates must successfully complete the appropriate Praxis II content exam in the area of endorsement prior to student teaching.

Coursework for the program is offered in multiple delivery formats with both on-campus and off-campus options. Program completion requires a minimum of 9 hours in the residential formats.

Courses in the Secondary Education MAT program include:
  • Principles of Behavior Management
  • Curriculum and Methods for Middle School
  • Secondary Instructional Procedures
  • Teaching Content Area Reading



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Special Education - Master of Arts in Teaching
Liberty University's Master of Arts in Teaching, with a specialization in Special Education is specifically geared toward individuals with no prior teaching experience who are interested in gaining initial teaching licensure in special education. Along with core courses in this program, you will study behavior management, educational assessment and intervention, collaboration for special transitions, and build strategies for successful inclusive classrooms. In addition, you will complete your student teaching requirement in the area in which you are seeking licensure. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is required, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for initial licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

The Special Education concentration prepares educators to:

  1. Teach students who have learning and behavior problems in a variety of educational settings.
  2. Assist classroom teachers in all grade levels (K-12) in working with students having learning/behavior difficulties.
  3. Assess individual abilities and use the data to design appropriate intervention strategies.
  4. Apply the knowledge and strategies necessary for teaching academic and behavior skills.
  5. Assess individual abilities and use the data to design appropriate intervention strategies.
  6. Develop the knowledge and strategies necessary for teaching academic and behavior skills.

The Special Education program provides initial licensure to teach students with emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, or mental retardation.

Coursework for the program is offered in multiple delivery formats with both on-campus and off-campus options. Program completion requires a minimum of 9 hours in the residential formats, including one-week, two-week, and weekend intensives.

Candidates seeking licensure as special education teachers should have completed a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a major in the intended endorsement area or a degree in a related field with courses similar to that required for a bachelor's degree in the field of study.

Courses in the Special Education MAT program include:
  • Collaborating for Successful Inclusive Classrooms
  • Collaborating for Successful Transitions
  • Educational Assessment and Intervention
  • Principles of Behavior Management



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Administration and Supervision - Master of Education
Liberty University's Master of Education program - Administration and Supervision prepares you for effective leadership in Christian, public, and private schools. This program teaches the skills needed in community relations, school law, financial management, and administration. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position or those with a desire to further their education and pursue either an Ed.S. or Ed.D. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is a required part of the M.Ed. program, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for advanced licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements.

The Administration Supervision concentration seeks to:

  1. Assist educators in developing an academic and practical knowledge of educational principles.
  2. Promote the integration of professional knowledge into on-the-job performance.
  3. Foster the construction and maintenance of exemplary behavioral models.
  4. Cultivate an effective leadership style in a variety of educational settings.
  5. Prepare individuals for current demands in the market place as well as for national trends in education.

Licensure for Administration and Supervision in grades preK-12 is the goal of this program. Coursework for the program is offered in multiple delivery formats with both on-campus and off-campus options. Program completion requires a minimum of 9 hours in the residential formats.

Courses in the Administration and Supervision MEd program include:
  • School Administration
  • School-Community Relations
  • School Law
  • School Finance and Management



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Program Specialist - Master of Education
Liberty University's Master of Education - Program Specialist program prepares you for effective leadership in Christian, public, and private schools. This program teaches the skills needed to become a program specialist, focusing on math, reading, gifted, or early childhood. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position or those with a desire to further their education and pursue either an Ed.S. or Ed.D. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is a required part of the M.Ed. program, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for advanced licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements.

Students can one of the following specialities: Early Childhood, Gifted, Math, or Reading.

The Program Specialist concentration seeks to:

  1. Assist classroom teachers in all grade levels (NK-12) to work with students who have reading or math difficulties.
  2. Prepare educators to support reading or math programs in a school or clinical setting.
  3. Enable specialists to assess math or reading abilities and use diagnostic data to tailor instruction to individual needs.
  4. Develop the knowledge, skills, and processes necessary for teaching oral and written language communication.
  5. Promote the integration of literature-based instruction in all content areas.

The program offers licensure as a reading specialist (grades K-12) or math specialist (grades K-8). Coursework for the program is offered in multiple delivery formats with both on-campus and off-campus options. Program completion requires a minimum of 9 hours in the residential formats.

Courses in the Program Specialist MEd program include:
  • Educational Assessment and Intervention
  • The Specialist and the School Program
  • Current Issues in School Programs
  • Supervision of Instruction
  • Collaborating for Successful Inclusive Classrooms



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Program Specialist / Early Childhood Education - Master of Education
Students will have the opportunity to develop curricula for children from infancy to school entry and to develop, manage, and evaluate appropriate and effective Early Childhood Education programs. Over the course of study, students will explore how children grow, develop, learn, and change from birth to school entry and beyond. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Program Specialist / Early Childhood Education MEd program include:
  • Educational Assessment and Intervention
  • The Specialist and the School Program
  • Current Issues in School Programs
  • Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood



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Program Specialist / Gifted - Master of Education
Students will have opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge about identifying and serving students for special programs and services to develop their gifts and talents. This program will allow students to further their understanding of gifted learners, relevant educational theories, curriculum development and design, measures of assessment, and will provide educators with the knowledge and skills required to assume leadership roles in gifted education. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Program Specialist / Gifted MEd program include:
  • Educational Assessment and Intervention
  • The Specialist and the School Program
  • Current Issues in School Programs
  • Reading and Research in Gifted Education



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Program Specialist / Math - Mater of Education
This program prepares students to address critical issues in mathematics education by developing analytical perspectives for research, engaging in reflective teaching, and deepening mathematical knowledge. Students will learn to conduct basic research on the learning and teaching of mathematics - how people at all ages learn mathematics and how teachers can facilitate that learning. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Program Specialist / Math MEd program include:
  • Educational Assessment and Intervention
  • The Specialist and the School Program
  • Current Issues in School Programs
  • Teaching Mathematics



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Program Specialist / Reading - Master of Education
This program provides students with a broad foundation in teaching reading as it relates to literacy acquisition and concentrated preparation in assessment and intervention in reading and writing difficulties. Students will be prepared to teach reading and writing to struggling readers both individually and in small groups and to provide literacy instruction in pull-out programs, inclusion classrooms, and regular classrooms. There will be an integration of rigorous, evidence-based phonics training with authentic literacy-encompassing word recognition, reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary development, spelling, and expressive writing. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Program Specialist / Reading MEd program include:
  • Educational Assessment and Intervention
  • The Specialist and the School Program
  • Current Issues in School Programs
  • Reading and Language Acquisition



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Teaching and Learning - Master of Education
Liberty University's Master of Education - Teaching and Learning program prepares you for teaching in Christian, public, and private schools. This program teaches the skills needed to become an effective teacher, focusing on general, elementary, middle or special education. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position or those with a desire to further their education and pursue either an Ed.S. or Ed.D. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is a required part of the M.Ed. program, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for advanced licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Teaching and Learning MEd program include:
  • Advanced Educational Psychology
  • Understanding Educational Research and Assessment
  • Foundations of Exceptionality
  • Leadership and Supervision in Education



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Teaching and Learning / Elementary Education - Master of Education
Liberty University's Master of Education - Teaching and Learning program with a concentration in elementary education prepares you for teaching in Christian, public and private schools. This program teaches the skills needed to become an effective teacher, focusing on elementary education. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position or those with a desire to further their education and pursue either an Ed.S. or Ed.D. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is a required part of the M.Ed. program, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for advanced licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Teaching and Learning / Elementary Education MEd program include:
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Reading and Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Science in the Elementary School
  • Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School



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Teaching and Learning / Special Education - Master of Education
The Master of Education - Teaching and Learning program with a cognate in Special Education prepares you for teaching in Christian, public, and private schools. This program teaches the skills needed to become an effective teacher, focusing on special education. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position or those with a desire to further their education and pursue either an Ed.S. or Ed.D.

Courses in the Teaching and Learning / Secondary Education MEd program include:
  • Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder & Assessment
  • Communication, Language, and Sensory Aspects of Autism
  • Educational Assessment for Special Needs
  • Classroom Management



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Teaching and Learning / Technology and Online Instruction - Master of Education
The M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning with an Education Technology Concentration is a specialized program for educators who want to be on the cutting edge. Second Life and cutting-edge technology will be used to help professors as well as instructional technologists and designers understand how to integrate the latest updates in technology into higher education today. Graduates will be well-prepared to excel in the technology field in the education sector and will have mastered skills in great demand in higher education today.

Courses in the Teaching and Learning / Technology and Online Instruction MEd program include:
  • Technology and Diversity
  • Foundations of Educational Technology & Online Learning
  • Principles of Design and Management in Online Learning
  • Leadership in Educational Technology
  • Trends and Issues in Educational Technology



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Doctor of Education / Educational Leadership
Liberty University's Doctor of Education program provides advanced training for individuals seeking positions in higher education. The program aims to develop competent and effective leaders with a Christian worldview who will model high academic standards and assume a leadership role in the field of education. You will focus on classes specializing in educational leadership, leadership development and best practices. Specialized courses develop the skills necessary to assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an education system, whether it is as a teacher, superintendent, principal, college instructor or another academic position requiring strong leadership and decision-making abilities. Three on-campus intensives are required in addition to a final dissertation defense. As a student of this program you may choose a concentration in educational leadership or teaching and learning. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Educational Leadership Doctor of Education program include:
  • Educational Leadership and Public Relations
  • Systems Analysis
  • Conflict Resolutions
  • Advanced School Law
  • Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership



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Doctor of Education / Teaching and Learning
Liberty University's Doctor of Education program provides advanced training for individuals seeking positions in higher education, developing competent and effective leaders with a Christian worldview who will model high academic standards and assume a leadership role in the field of education. You will focus on classes specializing in teaching and learning skills and best practices. Specialized courses develop the skills necessary to assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an education system, whether it is as a teacher, superintendent, principal, college instructor or another academic position requiring strong leadership and decision-making abilities. Three on-campus intensives are required, in addition to a final dissertation defense. As a student of this program you may choose a concentration in educational leadership or teaching and learning. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Courses in the Teaching and Learning Doctor of Education program include:
  • Issues and Trends in Exceptionality
  • Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
  • Conflict Resolutions
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Investigations in Curriculum Change



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Educational Leadership - Education Specialist
The NCATE accredited Educational Specialist degree from Liberty University Online will help students to develop the skills necessary to assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an education system. Program courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for K-12 or university-level school positions, and are approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Ed.S. program prepares competent, effective leaders with a Christian world view who will model high standards and assume a leadership role in the field of education. Leaders in the field of education are seen as those who assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an education system whether it be as a teacher, superintendent, principal, curriculum director, instructional supervisor, or university administrator.

Courses in the Educational Leadership EdS program include:
  • Theories and Research in Educational Psychology
  • Leadership Principles and Ethics
  • Foundations of Education
  • Theories of Educational Leadership
  • Advanced Education Statistics
  • Educational Leadership and Public Relations
  • Conflict Resolution



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Teaching and Learning - Education Specialist
The NCATE accredited Teaching and Learning Ed.S. program prepares competent, effective leaders with a Christian world view who will model high standards and assume a leadership role in the field of education. Leaders in the field of education are seen as those who assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an education system whether it be as a teacher, superintendent, principal, curriculum director, instructional supervisor, or university administrator.

Courses in the Teaching and Learning EdS program include:
  • Theories and Research in Educational Psychology
  • Leadership Principles and Ethics
  • Foundations of Education
  • Theories of Educational Leadership
  • Advanced Education Statistics
  • Issues and Trends in Exceptionality
  • Curriculum Theory

Liberty University Online

Liberty is the world's largest evangelical university, and is ranked #3 in the nation of all online universities by the Online Education Database for 2008. With a population of over 35,000 students from around the world, more than 25,000 of those study online. LU is committed to providing students with core values and the highest quality education in a distinctly Christian environment. More than 30 degree programs are offered.

Online Learning :

Most courses run in 8-week sessions. A few run for 14 or 16 weeks.

A select few programs require a 1 to 2 week campus intensive.

No required log-in times. Coursework can be done at your pace as long as assignment due dates are met.

Technical support online and over the phone.

Financing Options:

Liberty is a non-profit institution which offers competitive tuitions and fees.

Dedicated Employer Tuition Reimbursement Office.

Many financial aid options such as: scholarship, federal and state financial aid, government and private loans, tuition reimbursement, and payment plans.

Active Duty, Reservists, and National Guard for all branches (qualify after basic training is completed); Department of Defense, Veterans, and military spouses have the opportunity to qualify for numerous benefits.

Accreditation:

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Liberty University's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).