Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

School of Education

Administration


Heather Schoffstall, B.S, M.S., Ed.D.
Dean, School of Education
Associate Professor of Education

Karen Parker, B.A., M.S., Ed.D.
Dean Emeritus, School of Education 
Professor of Education

Michael Shenkle B.S., M.B.A.
Associate Dean, Operations
Instructor of Education

Clark T. W. Zealand, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academics
Associate Professor of Education

Michelle Goodwin, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Senior Assistant Dean, Teacher Education/Licensure
Professor of Education

Deanna L. Keith, B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Education

Kurt Y. Michael, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Doctoral Programs and Research
Associate Professor of Education

FACULTY
The faculty roster can be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=25 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


PURPOSE
The School of Education (SOE) is committed to providing the highest quality Christian education based on the principles of God’s Word. Our school, by virtue of its commitment to strengthening the mind, body and soul, educates the whole person as God created us. The school offers programs to prepare graduate students for careers in teaching, school administration, and more.

Excellent teachers and school leaders are an invaluable asset to the home, church, community, and nation. The Licensure Programs at Liberty are designed to provide programs of study and pre-service experiences that will foster excellence and stimulate improvements in teaching amd leadership practices in Christian, public, and private schools. The programs are designed for teacher candidates and school leaders who are preparing to work in  kindergarten, elementary, and middle school, as well as high school and college settings. Those wishing to pursue careers in middle school, or high school teaching may do so in the following areas: biology, business, computer science, English, family and consumer sciences, history/social sciences, and mathematics. Comprehensive licensure may be completed in the following areas: music (vocal or instrumental), health/physical education, Spanish, special education, and teaching English as a second language.

As a condition of Liberty’s Certificate of Approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the following disclaimer pertains to Liberty’s online programs in Teacher Education:

Teacher Education: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu

The following disclaimer pertains to Liberty’s online programs in Education Licensure/Certification programs from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education:

Please be advised that our educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.


Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program is designed for the purpose of initial teacher licensure. 

PURPOSE
Liberty University strives to produce educators who model high academic, moral, and spiritual standards before their peers, and who have dedicated their lives to educational leadership. Concurrent with this goal, the graduate programs offered by the School of Education are designed to prepare students for effective educational leadership in Christian, public, and private schools.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Initial Licensure Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  1. Knows Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with  academic knowledge
  1. Demonstrates a broad base of professional and general knowledge.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of content in the endorsement area.
  1. Implements skills as a gift from God, because teaching is a calling from God
  1. Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective classroom communication, peer leadership, and professional involvement.
  2. Designs and selects a variety of instructional strategies based on the developmental levels and individual needs of the learner.
  3. Applies knowledge of content areas and curriculum goals to design and supervise appropriate instruction.
  4. Enhances the success of all diverse learners, providing for special needs and diverse backgrounds.
  5. Manages classroom climate and procedures to motivate students and maximize learning.
  6. Integrates a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
  7. Integrates appropriate technology and resources to support instruction and to facilitate professional development opportunities.
  8. Provides evidence of student learning at the grade level and content appropriate for the endorsement.
  1. Believes and practices personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
  1. Models personal integrity and sensitivity to human needs.
  2. Demonstrates behaviors of a reflective practitioner and seeks opportunities for collaboration and professional development.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Programs that Lead to Initial Licensure

In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program are:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the student has at least a 2.50). Students admitted on Academic caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to six semester hours may be transferred into the M.Ed. and M.A.T. programs. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous five years.

Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.A.T. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours for the M.A.T.
  2. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain in the program with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-). Students with more than two grades of C+/C/C- (or lower) will be dismissed from the program or required to switch to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning. While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, course credit toward degree completion will not be granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Additional requirements may be necessary depending upon the student’s academic background. All contracts made between the SOE Program Director and the student upon acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
  7. Three courses (9 semester hours) must be completed on campus for the M.A.T. One course must be completed in residency within the first year.
  8. The M.A.T. must be completed within five years.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

LICENSURE GUIDELINES
The Teacher Licensure Program is designed to meet licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the student’s approved specialization.  In addition, students who complete the Teacher Licensure Program are eligible for the Association of Christian Schools International certificate.

The Teacher Licensure Program has been officially approved by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Approved programs include all initial licensure M.A.T. programs in Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education. Students entering the M.A.T. program must indicate their intention to pursue Virginia licensure when they apply for candidacy in the graduate program. Each concentration has licensure requirements beyond the master’s degree. Upon completion of all requirements, the student must submit the licensure application and fee to Liberty’s Teacher Licensure Office. Liberty’s Coordinator of Teacher Licensure Records will submit the student’s application packet to the Virginia Department of Education.

Additional Requirements for Virginia Licensure
Every applicant for teacher licensure in Virginia is required to answer two questions:

  1. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
  2. Have you ever had a teaching license revoked/ suspended in another state?

Initial Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education
The student must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts area (or equivalent) from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Secondary licensure requires a major (or equivalent) in the endorsement area and the successful completion of the Praxis II content exam for the area of endorsement;
  2. Successfully complete Liberty’s M.A.T. in Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, or Special Education;
  3. Obtain passing scores on all tests required for Virginia licensure; and
  4. Complete a student teaching experience in the endorsement area or submit documentation of one year of successful full-time teaching experience in the endorsement area in any accredited public or nonpublic K-12 school.

Time Limit for School Licensure

  1. Students must have completed all requirements necessary for school licensure within 5 years after completion of the graduate degree;
  2. Students who have completed Liberty’s M.A.T. and wish to return to Liberty University to complete the student teaching or internship required for licensure will be subject to the same five-year timeframe; and
  3. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis according to transcripts, program changes, time elapsed from completion of coursework, and recent experiences in the field of education.

Licensure in Other States
Students who have completed Liberty’s M.A.T. may be eligible for licensure in other states by interstate agreement. Verification that the student has completed a state-approved program may be required for reciprocity with other states; therefore, it may be necessary for the student to complete the additional requirements listed above for Virginia licensure in order to qualify for reciprocity. Liberty’s Teacher Licensure Office has addresses for the licensing agencies in other states and will assist in completing the appropriate forms. Some states require a state-specific course or test but will grant a provisional license so that the applicant can be employed while completing the additional requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate forms from other states to submit to LU’s Licensure Office. 

Please be advised that our educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.

For further licensure information, contact the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure Records (phone 1-800-522-6255, extension 2632 or (434) 582-2632; e-mail: teacher@liberty.edu; fax (434) 582-2468).

SCHEDULING RESIDENTIAL COURSES
Residential graduate classes are scheduled as one or two-week intensives during the summer, and in December and January. Weekend classes may be offered during fall and spring. Pre-class and post-class assignments are required for all intensive courses.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Cognates

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
Course Requirements Semester
Hours
Core Courses 12
Cognate Courses 12
Professional Courses   12*
PROGRAM TOTAL  36*

*Additional hours may be required for Virginia Licensure
1 30 hours for the MAT in Secondary Education 5th year option


Programs of Study

(M.A.T.) Master of Arts in Teaching (36 hrs) Elementary Education Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Initial Education Core Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 504 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3*
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 606 Tests and Measurements 3
Elementary Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 530 Teaching Mathematics 3
EDUC 531 Teaching the Natural and Social Sciences 3
EDUC 554 Reading and Language Acquisition 3**
EDUC 632 Language Acquisition and Instruction 3*
Professional Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 571 Curriculum Fundamentals 1 3^
EDUC 59_ Student Teaching 2 3**, ^
EDUC 623 Principles of Behavior Management 3*
EDUC 656 Teaching Content Area Reading 3
Notes:
Competencies must be met prior to student teaching. Please refer to the Elementary/Middle Content Competency Chart.
EDUC 673 or 676 may be added for Middle School endorsement.
*Course offered in Residence (EDUC 504, 623, 632)
**Background check clearance required (EDUC 554, 590, 591, 592, 593)
^International candidates seeking a “student visa” to study in residence in the U.S. may use EDUC 571 and 590 to count as part of their residency requirement.

EDUC 571 to be taken the semester directly before or during student teaching.

Students will be assigned either EDUC 590, 591, 592 or 593. Course and section number will be designated during Gate 3 Application.

(M.A.T.) Master of Arts in Teaching (36 hrs) Middle Grades Education Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Initial Education Core Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 504 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3*
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 606 Tests and Measurements 3
Middle Grades Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 601 Professional Development in Middle Grades Education 3
EDUC 602 Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities 3
EDUC 673 Curriculum and Methods for the Middle School 3*
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 635 Teaching Science in the Middle School
EDUC 637 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
EDUC 668 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School
EDUC 669 Teaching Literacy in the Middle School
Professional Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 554 Reading and Language Acquisition 3**, ^
EDUC 59_ Student Teaching 1 3**, ^
EDUC 623 Principles of Behavior Management 3*
EDUC 656 Teaching Content Area Reading 3
*Course offered in Residence (EDUC 504, 623, 673)
**Background check clearance required (EDUC 554, 590, 591, 592, 593)
^International candidates seeking a “student visa” to study in residence in the U.S. may use EDUC 554 and 590 to count as part of their residency requirement.

Students will be assigned either EDUC 590, 591, 592 or 593. Course and section number will be designated during Gate 3 Application.

(M.A.T.) Master of Arts in Teaching (36 hrs) Secondary Education Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Initial Education Core Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 504 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3*
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 606 Tests and Measurements 3
Secondary Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs) 1
EDUC 539 Current Issues in Content Areas 3
EDUC 571 Curriculum Fundamentals 2 3**
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC Elective 3 ^
ENGL 654 Methods of Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum
MLAN 519 World Language Acquisition, Instructional Approaches and Assessment ^
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 625 Content Instructional Procedures
EDUC 635 Teaching Science in the Middle School
EDUC 637 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
EDUC 668 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School
EDUC 669 Teaching Literacy in the Middle School
Professional Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 59_ Student Teaching 4 3**, ***
EDUC 623 Principles of Behavior Management 3*
EDUC 656 Teaching Content Area Reading
EDUC 673 Curriculum and Methods for the Middle School 3*
Notes:
Competencies must be met prior to student teaching. Refer to the Content Competency Chart.
*Course offered in Residence (EDUC 504, 623, 673)
**International candidates seeking a “student visa” to study in residence in the U.S. may use EDUC 571 and 590 to count as part of their residency.
***Background check clearance required (EDUC 590, 591, 592, 593)
^EDUC 554 and MLAN 519 required for TESL/SPA

Students may choose to take 9 hours of graduate courses in teaching endorsement (BIOL, ENGL, HIST) instead of EDUC 539, 571, & EDUC Elective, ENGL 654 or MLAN 519.

EDUC 571 to be taken the semester directly before or during student teaching.

Must be a 500-600 level course.

Students will be assigned either EDUC 590, 591, 592 or 593. Course and section number will be designated during Gate 3 Application.

(M.A.T.) Master of Arts in Teaching (30 hrs) Secondary Education Cognate Fifth Year Option
Program Option: Online Format
This degree completion plan is primarily designed for Liberty University students who have completed an undergraduate program in a content area appropriate for secondary school teaching and who have also completed the necessary prerequisites. Upon completion of this program plan and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program's area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide. 1
Initial Education Core Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 504 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3*
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 606 Tests and Measurements 3
Secondary Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs) 2
EDUC 539 Current Issues in Content Areas 3
EDUC 571 Curriculum Fundamentals 3 3**
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC Elective 4 ^
ENGL 654 Methods of Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum ++
MLAN 519 World Language Acquisition, Instructional Approaches and Assessment ^
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 625 Content Instructional Procedures
EDUC 635 Teaching Science in the Middle School
EDUC 637 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
EDUC 668 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School
EDUC 669 Teaching Literacy in the Middle School
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 59_ Student Teaching 5 **
EDUC 623 Principles of Behavior Management *
EDUC 673 Curriculum and Methods for the Middle School *
Notes:
Competencies must be met prior to student teaching. Refer to the Content Competency Chart.
*Course offered in Residence (EDUC 504, 623, 673)
**International candidates seeking a “student visa” to study in residence in the U.S. may use EDUC 571 and 590 to count as part of their residency.
^ EDUC 554 and MLAN 519 required for TESL/SPA

This degree requires the following undergraduate prerequisites or their equivalents: PSYC 210, EDUC 125, 221, 235, 236 & 425.

Student may choose to take 9 hours of graduate courses in teaching endorsement (BIOL, ENGL, HIST) instead of EDUC 539, 571, & EDUC Elective, ENGL 654 or MLAN 519.

EDUC 571 to be taken the semester directly before or during student teaching.

Must be a 500-600 level course.

Students will be assigned either EDUC 590, 591, 592 or 593. Course and section number will be designated during Gate 3 Application. Background check clearance required for these courses.

(M.A.T.) Master of Arts in Teaching (36 hrs) Special Education Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Initial Education Core Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 504 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3*
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 606 Tests and Measurements 3
Special Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 524 Collaborating for Successful Inclusive Classrooms 3
EDUC 525 Collaborating for Successful Transitions 3
EDUC 622 Educational Assessment and Intervention 3*
EDUC 623 Principles of Behavior Management 3*
Professional Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 530 Teaching Mathematics 3
EDUC 554 Reading and Language Acquisition 3**
EDUC 571 Curriculum Fundamentals 1 3^
EDUC 59_ Student Teaching 2 3**, ^
*Course offered in Residence (EDUC 504, 622, 623)
**Background check clearance required (EDUC 554, 590, 591, 592, 593)
^International candidates seeking a “student visa” to study in residence in the U.S. may use EDUC 571 and 590 to count as part of their residency requirement.

EDUC 571 to be taken the semester directly before or during student teaching.

Students will be assigned either EDUC 590, 591, 592 or 593. Course and section number will be designated during Gate 3 Application.


Note: Candidates seeking licensure as secondary teachers should have completed a bachelor’s degree 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. [See Content Competencies for subject area.]  In addition, candidates must successfully complete the appropriate Praxis II content exam in the area of endorsement prior to student teaching.

Candidates seeking licensure at the middle school level should have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong background in one or more 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. [See Content Competencies for elementary/middle education.] In addition, candidates must successfully complete the appropriate Praxis II middle school content exam in the area(s) of endorsement prior to student teaching.  


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

PURPOSE
Liberty University strives to produce educators and school leaders who model high academic, moral, and spiritual standards before their peers, and who have dedicated their lives to educational leadership. Concurrent with this goal, the graduate programs offered by the School of Education are designed to prepare students for effective leadership in Christian, public, and private schools.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Master of Education program:

  1. Knows Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with  academic knowledge
  1. Demonstrates a broad base of professional and general knowledge.
  2. Conceptualizes a broad spectrum of educational precepts, generalizations, practices, dispositions, points of view, and resources.
  1. Implements skills as a gift from God, because teaching/leadership is a calling from God
  1. Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective classroom communication, peer leadership, and professional involvement.
  2. Designs and selects a variety of instructional strategies based on the developmental levels and individual needs of the learner.
  3. Applies knowledge of content areas and curriculum goals to design and supervise appropriate instruction.
  4. Manages classroom climate and procedures to motivate students and maximize learning.
  5. Integrates a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
  6. Integrates appropriate technology and resources to support instruction and to facilitate professional development opportunities.
  7. Demonstrates competence as a consumer of research findings and other information technology resources.
  8. Demonstrates skill in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
  1. Believes and practices personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
  1. Models personal integrity and sensitivity to human needs.
  2. Enhances the success of all diverse learners, providing for special needs and diverse backgrounds.
  3. Demonstrates behaviors of a reflective practitioner and seeks opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
  4. Exerts confident leadership as well as accepts responsibility in the broad field of education.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

M.Ed. in Administration/Supervision, or Program Specialist

Required for Programs that Lead to Licensure:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the student has at least a 2.50).  Students admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test.

The following programs do not lead to licensure:

M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning Cognates

Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology and Online Instruction, Elementary Education, English, General Education, Gifted Education, History, Leadership, Middle Grades, Special Education, Student Services.

Required for programs that do not lead to licensure:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the student has at least a 2.50).  Students admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to six semester hours may be transferred into the M.Ed. and M.A.T. programs. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous five years.

Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.Ed. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours for M.Ed.;
  2. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty;
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree;
  4. Maintain a 2.50 GPA to remain in the program with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-). For students in licensure programs, more than two C grades of C+/C/C- (or lower) will result in dismissal from the program or a requirement to switch to the Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching and Learning. While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, course credit toward degree completion will not be granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Additional requirements may be necessary depending upon the student’s academic background. All contracts made between the Program Director and the student upon acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
  7. Three courses (9 semester hours) must be completed on campus for the M.Ed. programs in Administration/Supervision and Program Specialist programs. One course must be completed in residency within the first year. Thirty hours of coursework must be taken through Liberty.
  8. No residence courses are required for the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Time limits for degree completion:
    a.  M.Ed. degree programs in Administration/ Supervision, Program Specialist, and Teaching and Learning must be completed within 5 years.
  11. Submit a Graduate Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

LICENSURE GUIDELINES
The Licensure Programs are designed to meet requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the student’s approved specialization.  In addition, students who complete the Teacher Licensure Program are eligible for the Association of Christian Schools International certificate.  The Teacher Licensure Program has been officially approved by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Approved programs for licensure for support personnel may be earned in the program through Administration/Supervision, Program Specialist, and School Counseling. Students entering the Master of Education program must indicate their intention to pursue Virginia licensure when they apply for candidacy in the graduate program. Each concentration has licensure requirements beyond the master’s degree. Upon completion of all requirements, the student must submit the licensure application and fee to Liberty’s School of Education Licensure Office. Liberty’s Coordinator of Licensure Records will submit the student’s application packet to the Virginia Department of Education.

Note:  The M.Ed. program in Teaching and Learning is not a licensure program.  It is meant for individuals who are already licensed, or for those who are not pursuing licensure.

Additional Requirements for Virginia Licensure
Every applicant for teacher or school leader licensure in Virginia is required to answer two questions:

  1. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
  2. Have you ever had a teaching license revoked/ suspended in another state?

Administration and Supervision
The student must:

  1. Complete three years of successful full-time experience as a classroom teacher in an accredited nonpublic or public school. (Work experience form required.);
  2. Successfully complete Liberty’s M.Ed. in Administration /Supervision;
  3. Complete an internship as a school principal or submit documentation of one year of successful full-time experience as a principal or assistant principal in an accredited public or nonpublic school; and
  4. Obtain a passing score on all tests required for Virginia licensure.

Program Specialist
The student must:

  1. Complete three years of successful classroom teaching in which the teaching in the specialty area was/is an important responsibility. (Work experience form required.); and
  2. Successfully complete Liberty’s M.Ed. for Reading or Math Specialists which includes an internship.
  3. Obtain passing scores on all tests required for Virginia licensure.

Time Limit for School Licensure
The student must:

  1. Students must have completed all requirements necessary for school licensure within 5 years after completion of the graduate degree;
  2. Students who have completed Liberty’s M.Ed. and wish to return to Liberty University to complete the student teaching or internship required for licensure will be subject to the same five-year timeframe; and
  3. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis according to transcripts, program changes, time elapsed from completion of coursework, and recent experiences in the field of education.

Licensure in Other States
Students who have completed Liberty’s M.Ed. may be eligible for licensure in other states by interstate agreement. Verification that the student has completed a state-approved program may be required for reciprocity with other states; therefore, it may be necessary for the student to complete the additional requirements listed above for Virginia licensure in order to qualify for reciprocity. Liberty’s School of Education Licensure Office has addresses for the licensing agencies in other states and will assist in completing the appropriate forms. Some states require a state-specific course or test but will grant a provisional license so that the applicant can be employed while completing the additional requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate forms from other states to submit to Liberty University’s Licensure Office.

Please be advised that our educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.

For further licensure information, contact the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure Records (phone 1-800-522-6255, extension 2632 or (434) 582-2632; e-mail: teacher@liberty.edu; fax (434) 582-2468).

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

  • Administration/Supervision Cognate
  • Math Specialist Endorsement Cognate
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement Cognate
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  
  Semester Hours
Core Courses 15
Concentration/Cognate Courses 12
Professional Courses    9*
PROGRAM TOTAL 36*
*Additional hours may be required for Virginia Licensure
 

Programs of Study

(M.Ed.) Master of Education (36 hrs) Administration and Supervision Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 645 Foundations for Educational Leaders 3*
EDUC 672 Curriculum Development (Elementary/Secondary) 3**
Administration and Supervision Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 640 School Administration 3
EDUC 646 School-Community Relations 3
EDUC 647 School Law 3**
EDUC 648 School Finance and Management 3**
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 641 Supervision of Instruction 3*
EDUC 699 Internship 1 3**
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 623 Principles of Behavior Management *
EDUC 673 Curriculum and Methods for the Middle School *
*Course offered in Residence (EDUC 623, 641, 645, 673)
**Background check clearance required (EDUC 647, 648, 672, 699)

Students will be registered for EDUC 699-A01

(M.Ed.) Master of Education (36 hrs) Math Specialist Endorsement Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 645 Foundations for Educational Leaders 3*
EDUC 672 Curriculum Development (Elementary/Secondary) 3
Math Specialist Endorsement Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 530 Teaching Mathematics 3
EDUC 622 Educational Assessment and Intervention 3*
EDUC 650 Specialists for Reading/Math Programs 3**, ^
EDUC 652 Current Issues in Reading/Math 3**
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 641 Supervision of Instruction 3*
EDUC 699 Internship 1 3^
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
EDUC 631 Foundations of Educational Technology and Online Learning
*Course offered in Residence (EDUC 622, 641, 645)
**EDUC 650 & 652 are taken the final semester. These courses may be taken with EDUC 699-A03.
^Background check clearance required (EDUC 650, 699)

Students will be registered for EDUC 699-A03

(M.Ed.) Master of Education (36 hrs) Reading Specialist Endorsement Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 645 Foundations for Educational Leaders 3*
EDUC 672 Curriculum Development (Elementary/Secondary) 3
Reading Specialist Endorsement Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 554 Reading and Language Acquisition 3
EDUC 622 Educational Assessment and Intervention 3*
EDUC 650 Specialists for Reading/Math Programs 3**, ^
EDUC 652 Current Issues in Reading/Math 3**
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 641 Supervision of Instruction 3*
EDUC 656 Teaching Content Area Reading 3
EDUC 699 Internship 1 3^
*Course offered in Residence (EDUC 622, 641, 645)
**EDUC 650 & 652 are taken the final semester. These courses may be taken with EDUC 699-A03.
^Background check clearance required (EDUC 650, 699)

Students will be registered for EDUC 699-A03


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Teaching and Learning Cognates
(Non-Licensure)
:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Law – Open to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law students and Liberty University School of Law alumni only.  Please see the School of Law Dual Degree section of this Catalog.
  • Educational Technology and Online Instruction
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • General Education
  • Gifted Education
  • History
  • Leadership
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Special Education
  • Student Services

Programs of Study (Non-Licensure)

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) Early Childhood Education (add-on endorsement only)
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program, candidates with elementary license are eligible for Early Childhood for three- and four-year olds (add-on endorsement). Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 675 Elementary Curriculum and Methods 3
Early Childhood Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 501 Advanced Child Development 3
EDUC 653 Current Issues in Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 655 Organization and Administration of Pre-Schools 3
EDUC 670 Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood 3
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 624 Behavior Management 3
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education *
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum 1 *
Note: No residency required for add-on endorsement
*Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

EDUC 698 is required for add-on endorsement or ACSI certificate

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) Educational Technology and Online Instruction Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
This is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 672 Curriculum Development (Elementary/Secondary) 3
Educational Technology and Online Instruction Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 629 Technology and Diversity 3
EDUC 631 Foundations of Educational Technology and Online Learning 3
EDUC 633 Principles of Design and Management in Educational Technology and Online Learning 3
EDUC 638 Leadership in Educational Technology 3
EDUC 639 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology 3
Professional Courses (6 hrs)
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education *
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum 1 *
Note: No residency required for non-licensure.
*Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

EDUC 698 is required for ACSI certificate

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) Elementary Education Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
This is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 675 Elementary Curriculum and Methods 3
Elementary Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 624 Behavior Management 3
EDUC 634 Teaching Science in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 636 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School 3
EDUC 656 Teaching Content Area Reading 3
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 631 Foundations of Educational Technology and Online Learning 3
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education *
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum 1 *
Note: No residency required for non-licensure
*Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

EDUC 698 is required for ACSI certificate

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) English Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
Note: This program is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 672 Curriculum Development (Elementary/Secondary) 3
English Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
ENGL 607 Composition Studies 3
ENGL 633 Advanced English Grammar 3
ENGL 637 Studies in African-American Literature 3
ENGL 656 Studies in World Literatures 3
ENGL 664 English as a World Language 3
Professional Courses (6 hours)
ENGL 654 Methods of Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education
Note: No residency required for non-licensure
(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) General Education Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
This is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 675 Elementary Curriculum and Methods
EDUC 676 Middle Grades Curriculum and Methods
General Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC Elective (500-600 level) 3*
EDUC Elective (500-600 level) 3*
EDUC Elective (500-600 level) 3*
EDUC Elective (500-600 level) 3*
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC Elective (500-600 level) 3*
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC Elective (600 level) 1
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education **
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum **
Note: No residency required for non-licensure
*Choose any 500-600 level EDUC course except EDUC 590, 591, 592, 593, 698 or 699.
**Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

Must be a 600 level course

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) Gifted Education (add-on endorsement only)
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program, candidates with initial license are eligible for Gifted Education (add-on endorsement). Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 675 Elementary Curriculum and Methods
EDUC 676 Middle Grades Curriculum and Methods
Gifted Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 526 Principles and Practices in Gifted Education 2
EDUC 620 Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs 3
EDUC 621 Educational Assessment for Special Needs 3
EDUC 627 Reading and Research in Gifted Education 3
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education 3
EDUC Elective (500-600 level) 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education *
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum 1 *
NOTE: No residency required for add-on endorsement
*Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

EDUC 698 is required for add-on endorsement or ACSI certificate

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) History Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
This program is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 672 Curriculum Development (Elementary/Secondary) 3
History Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
HIUS 510 American Colonial History 3
HIUS 512 American Revolution 3
HIUS 542 History of American Political Parties since 1896 3
HIWD 555 World War II 3
HIWD 560 History of the Atlantic World 3
Professional Courses (6 hrs)
Choose two of the following courses:
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education
HIUS 530 American Christian Heritage
Note: No residency required for non-licensure
(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) Leadership Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
This program is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Education Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 675 Elementary Curriculum and Methods
EDUC 676 Middle Grades Curriculum and Methods
Leadership Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 638 Leadership in Educational Technology 3
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education 3
EDUC 643 Contemporary Issues in Educational Policy 3
EDUC 644 School Leadership in Diverse Settings 3
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 631 Foundations of Educational Technology and Online Learning 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education *
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum 1 *
Note: No residency required for non-licensure
*Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

EDUC 698 is required for ACSI certificate

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) Middle Grades (add-on endorsement only)
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program, candidates with elementary or secondary license are eligible to add Middle Grades (with content competencies and Praxis score met).
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 676 Middle Grades Curriculum and Methods 3
Middle Grades Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 601 Professional Development in Middle Grades Education 3
EDUC 602 Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities 3
EDUC 635 Teaching Science in the Middle School 3
EDUC 637 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School 3
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education 3
EDUC 656 Teaching Content Area Reading 3
Choose one of the following: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education *
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum 1 *
Note: No residency required for add-on endorsement.
*Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

EDUC 698 is required for add-on endorsement or ACSI certificate

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) Special Education Cognate
Program Option: Online Format
This is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Learning Theory 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 675 Elementary Curriculum and Methods
EDUC 676 Middle Grades Curriculum and Methods
Special Education Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 621 Educational Assessment for Special Needs 3
EDUC 624 Behavior Management 3
EDUC 626 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assessment 3
EDUC 628 Communication, Language and Sensory Aspects for Autism 3
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 629 Technology and Diversity 3
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education *
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum 1 *
Note: No residency required for non-licensure.
*Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

EDUC 698 is required for Autism certificate or ACSI certificate

(M.Ed.) Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (36 hrs) Student Services Cognate
Program Format: Online Format
This program is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC Elective (500-600 level) 3*
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 500 Learning Theory
EDUC 600 Human Development Across the Lifespan
Student Services Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EDCE Elective (500-600 level) 3
EDCE Elective (500-600 level) 3
EDCE Elective (500-600 level) 3
EDCE Elective (500-600 level) 3
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDCE Elective (500-600 level)
EDUC Elective (500-600 level) *
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDCE Elective (600 level)
EDUC Elective (600 level)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education ^^
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum ^^
Notes: No residency required for non-licensure
*Choose any EDUC course except EDUC 590, 591, 592, 593, 698 or 699.
^^Background check clearance required (EDUC 696, 698)

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

PURPOSE
The Education Specialist degrees with areas of study in Educational Law, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction are designed to prepare competent effective leaders with a biblical worldview 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 is as a teacher, superintendent, principal, curriculum director, instructional supervisor, college instructor, or university administrator.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program:

  1. Knows research competencies synthesized with Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications.
    • Makes broad distinctions between research philosophies and approaches.
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the practices that inform site-based research by interpreting and designing research.
    • Interprets how practitioners carry out inquiry and the issues faced, and can make inferences about research implications.
  2. Implements leadership, teaching and learning competencies as a gift from God because teaching /learning is a calling from God because teaching/learning is a calling from God
    • Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective communication in educational settings.
    • Models citizenship through moral leadership and sensitivity to human needs.
    • Collaborates with various educational stakeholders in a variety of settings.
    • Selects appropriate technology and resources to support educational goals.
    • Utilizes highly effective educational strategies based on individual needs. Uses a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
  3. Believes foundation competencies consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
    • Upholds high standards of competence and integrity, exercises sound judgment in the practice of the profession, and participates in activities of professional organizations relevant to their field.

REQUIREMENTS
Ed.S. students have the option of completing cognates in the areas of Educational Leadership, Educational Law* or Curriculum and Instruction.  General requirements are as follows:

  Semester Hours
Foundation of Education Core 9
Research and Evaluation Core1 6
Cognate Courses 15
 PROGRAM TOTAL 30
Note:1 A prerequisite graduate educational research course equivalent to EDUC 518 is required if not completed previously.

*The Educational Law Cognate is open to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law students and Liberty University School of Law alumni only.  Please see the School of Law Dual Degree section of this Catalog for more information.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the Ed.S. are listed below. The following items must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at www.luonline.com.

  1. Contact Information for a Recommendation for Graduate Program.  This should be the one individual best qualified to answer questions concerning the applicant’s professional, technical, and personal qualifications for graduate studies in education.
  2. Academic Records.  Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from all schools previously attended.
  • A master’s degree in education (or a related area) is required before enrolling in 700 or higher level coursework.
  • Applicants with a non-educational master’s degree may be required to complete M.Ed. core courses (up to 12 additional hours) before taking any Ed.S. coursework.
  • Ed.S. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above on graduate degree required for entrance to the program.
  1. Professional Vita.  Include degrees earned, educational experience, and career goals.
  2. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to six hours may be transferred into the Ed.S. program. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous five years. Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, Ed.S. graduates must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the Master’s degree.
  2. Complete a minimum of 24 semester hours through Liberty, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no more than one C permitted in program courses (includes grades of C+ & C-). Students earning more than one grade of C+/C/C- or lower will be dismissed from the program. While all course grades are averaged in the GPA, course credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Certain additional requirements may be necessary depending upon the student’s academic background. Any and all contracts made between the SOE Graduate Committee and the student at the time of acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
  7. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

There are no on-campus residency requirements for the Ed.S. degree. However, students interested in pursuing the Ed.D. degree after completion of the Ed.S. should complete the residence course options, where available (EDUC 741 and 730 for the Teaching and Learning concentration and EDUC 741 and 747 for the Educational Leadership concentration).  For students who choose the residence course options, EDUC 741 must be completed within the first year in the program with a minimum grade of “B”.

Note: For students who plan to continue with the Ed.D. program beyond the Ed.S. Although one C is permitted toward completion of the Ed.S. program, Grades lower than B will not count toward completion of the Ed.D.

TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
The time limit for completing the degree from the date of admission to the program is five years. Only in unusual circumstances may the student be granted an extension. Granting of an extension of time will usually result in additional requirements.

Any student who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit for any reason, including discontinued enrollment, must reapply for admission. A student may reapply only once, and will be subject to the current standards and curriculum if readmitted. The SOE Graduate Committee will determine if any precious courses are sufficiently time sensitive and must be repeated. Beginning with the date of readmission, the student’s time limit for degree completion is determined by the number of hours remaining.


Programs of Study

(Ed.S.) Education Specialist (30 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan including courses noted below, initial license/experience, and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program's area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Foundations of Education Core Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 701 Advanced Learning Theory and Research 3
EDUC 740 Leadership Principles and Ethics 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 703 Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education
EDUC 741 Theories of Educational Leadership *
Research and Evaluation Core Courses (6 hrs)
EDUC 798 Advanced Research and Writing 3**,***
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 606 Tests and Measurements
EDUC 812 Advanced Educational Statistics 3
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, or Educational Law
Notes: No residence is required for the non-licensure program. Residence is required for licensure and is strongly recommended for those who plan to complete the Ed.D. after the Ed.S.
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 741)
**Capstone course to be taken in the final semester
***Background check clearance required (EDUC 789)

Cognates

(Ed.S.) Education Specialist - Curriculum and Instruction Cognate (15 hrs)
Curriculum and Instruction Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 721 Issues and Trends in Exceptionality 3
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
EDUC Elective (600-700 level) 3*,**
EDUC Elective (600-700 level) 3*,**
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement ***
EDUC 746 Conflict Resolution
*Must be a 600-700 level course
**600 level courses are K-12 focus and may require field experience. Additional courses required for licensure may be taken for 600-700 level elective.
***Course offered in residence (EDUC 730)
(Ed.S.) Education Specialist - Educational Leadership Cognate (15 hrs)
Educational Leadership Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 742 Educational Leadership and Public Relations 3
EDUC 746 Conflict Resolution 3
EDUC Elective (600-700 level) 3*,**
EDUC Elective (600-700 level) 3*,**
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 745 Organizational Analysis and Problem Solving for Educators
EDUC 747 Advanced School Law ***
*Must be a 600-700 level course
**600 level courses are K-12 focus and may require field experience. Additional courses required for licensure may be taken for 600-700 level elective.
***Course offered in residence (EDUC 747)

DUAL DEGREE – EDUCATION LAW COGNATE
To view the degree completion plan for the Education Specialist - Educational Law Cognate Dual Degree Program (15 hrs) (Ed.S.), please see the School of Law section in this catalog.


Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Curriculum and Instruction

Programs of Study

(Ed.S.) Education Specialist Curriculum and Instruction (30 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan including courses noted below, initial license/experience, and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program's area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Foundations of Education Core Courses (6 hrs)
EDUC 701 Advanced Learning Theory and Research 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 703 Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education
EDUC 741 Theories of Educational Leadership *
Research and Evaluation Core Courses (6 hrs)
EDUC 606 Tests and Measurements 3
EDUC 798 Advanced Research and Writing 3**,***
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education
Notes: No residence is required for the non-licensure program. Residence is required for licensure and is strongly recommended for those who plan to complete the Ed.D. after the Ed.S.
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 741)
**Capstone course to be taken in final semester
***Background check clearance required (EDUC 789)

Concentrations

(Ed.S.) Education Specialist Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education Concentration (18 hrs)
Elementary Education Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
Choose four of the following courses: 12
EDUC 620 Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
EDUC 634 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
EDUC 636 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 721 Issues and Trends in Exceptionality
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement *
EDUC 735 Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning
EDUC 758 Teaching the College Student
*Course offered in residency (EDUC 730)
(Ed.S.) Education Specialist Curriculum and Instruction - Middle Grades Education Concentration (18 hrs)
Middle Grades Education Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
Choose four of the following courses: 12
EDUC 601 Professional Development in Middle Grades Education
EDUC 602 Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
EDUC 635 Teaching Science in the Middle School
EDUC 637 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
EDUC 676 Middle Grades Curriculum and Methods
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 721 Issues and Trends in Exceptionality
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement *
EDUC 735 Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning
EDUC 758 Teaching the College Student
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 730)
(Ed.S.) Education Specialist Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education Concentration (18 hrs)
Secondary Education Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
EDUC 620 Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs 3
EDUC 624 Behavior Management 3
EDUC 629 Technology and Diversity 3
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement 3
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 721 Issues and Trends in Exceptionality
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement *
EDUC 735 Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning
EDUC 758 Teaching the College Student
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 730)
(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education Curriculum and Instruction - Special Education Concentration (24 hrs)
Special Education Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
EDUC 721 Issues and Trends in Exceptionality 3
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement 3*
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
EDUC 871 Investigations in Curriculum Change 3
Choose four of the following courses: 12
EDUC 620 Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs
EDUC 621 Educational Assessment for Special Needs
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 629 Technology and Diversity
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 730)

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

PURPOSE
The Doctor of Education degrees with concentrations in Educational Law*, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction are designed to prepare competent effective leaders with a biblical 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 superintendent, principal, curriculum director, instructional supervisor, college instructor, teacher, or university administrator.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program:

  1. Knows research competencies synthesized with Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications.
  1. Makes broad distinctions between research philosophies and approaches.
  2. Demonstrates an understanding of the practices that inform site-based research by interpreting and designing research.
  3. Interprets how practitioners carry out inquiry and the issues faced, and can make inferences about research implications.
  1. Implements leadership, teaching and learning competencies as a gift from God because teaching /learning is a calling from God
  1. Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective communication in educational settings.
  2. Models citizenship through moral leadership and sensitivity to human needs.
  3. Collaborates with various educational stakeholders in a variety of settings.
  4. Selects appropriate technology and resources to support educational goals.
  5. Utilizes highly effective educational strategies based on individual needs.
  6. Uses a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
  1. Believes foundation competencies consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
  1. Upholds high standards of competence and integrity, exercises sound judgment in the practice of the profession, and participates in activities of professional organizations relevant to their field.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Ed.D. students have the option of completing concentrations in the areas of Educational Law*, Educational Leadership or Curriculum and Instruction.  General requirements are as follows:

  Semester Hours
Leadership Core 12
Research and Evaluation Core1 12
Concentration Area 24
Dissertation 12
PROGRAM TOTAL 60
1 Note: A prerequisite graduate educational research course equivalent to EDUC 518 is required if not completed previously.


*The Educational Law Concentration is open to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law students and Liberty University School of Law alumni only.  Please see the School of Law Dual Degree section of this Catalog for more information.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures for the Ed.D. are listed below. Submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at: http://www.liberty.edu/apply.

  1. Academic Records.  Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from all schools previously attended.
  2. Ed.D. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above on graduate degree required for entrance to the program.
  3. Professional Vita.  Include degrees earned, educational experience, and career goals.
  4. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)
  5. Applicants must submit EITHER a statement-of-purpose essay OR a research paper/writing sample.
  6. Contact information for two recommendations may be requested as an additional requirement on a case-by-case basis.  When these are required, the two individuals should be qualified to answer questions concerning the applicant’s professional, technical, and personal qualifications for graduate studies in education.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to six hours may be transferred into the Ed.S. program and up to 15 semester hours may be transferred into the Ed.D. program. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous five years. Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level. 

Applicants who have previously completed an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) or equivalent degree from an institution or school accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered for advanced standing in the Ed.D. program.  This may include credit for up to 24 hours of actual coursework toward satisfaction of Ed.D. requirements.  Where previous courses from an Ed.S. degree are appropriate, this entails credit for up to half of the actual courses required for the Ed.D.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University catalog, Ed.D. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master’s degree for Ed.D. (including dissertation).
  2. A minimum of 45 semester hours of coursework must be taken through Liberty.
  3. Applicants who have previous completed an Education 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.
  4. Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no grade lower than B (includes grades of B+ & B-). Students earning a letter grade lower than B+/B/B- (or two NP grades) may be dismissed from the program or required to shift to an EdS program. While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, course credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of C, D or F (includes +/- grades).
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Satisfy all contracts made between the SOE Graduate Committee and the student upon acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
  7. Complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in residency; EDUC 741 must be completed in residency within the first year in the program with a minimum grade of “B”. Ed.D. candidates must pass an on-campus comprehensive examination upon completion of the course requirements for the program of study.
  8. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM
A comprehensive examination must be successfully completed prior to submission of the dissertation proposal. The exam process is taken with EDUC 919, the final residential course. Students may have no more than two attempts at passing the comprehensive exam.

DISSERTATION
Students (doctoral candidates) are allowed to register for EDUC 989 (Dissertation Proposal and Research) up to three times before successful completion of an approved dissertation proposal.  In addition, students have a limit of a total of nine times registering for EDUC 989.  Exceeding either of these limits will result in dismissal from the EdD program.

Before beginning the dissertation research, the doctoral dissertation committee must approve the research proposal. The dissertation is expected to exhibit scholarship, reflect mastery of technique, and make a distinctive contribution to the field of knowledge in which the candidate has specialized. A faculty committee of at least three (3) members, comprising a chair and at least two (2) other approved members is responsible for the general supervision of the doctoral dissertation. A formal defense of the dissertation is required for final approval.

Once students enter the dissertation phase of their degree (beginning with EDUC 980: Dissertation Prospectus), they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete all degree requirements. If they do not, they will break enrollment, and they will be required to apply for readmission if/when they wish to resume the pursuit of their degree. They will have to complete their degree under the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of their readmission.

TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
The time limit for completing the degree from the date of admission to the program is seven years for the Ed.D. Only in unusual circumstances may the student be granted an extension. Granting of an extension of time will usually result in additional requirements.

There will be a time limit of five years for completion of the Ed.D. for students who were granted 18 hours or more of advanced standing from a previously completed Ed.S. or equivalent degree.

Any student who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit, for any reason including discontinued enrollment, must reapply for admission. A student may reapply only once, and will be subject to the current standards and curriculum. The SOE Graduate Committee will determine if any previous courses are sufficiently time sensitive and must be repeated. Beginning with the date of readmission, the student’s time limit for degree completion is determined by the number of hours remaining.

SCHEDULING RESIDENTIAL COURSES
Residential graduate classes are scheduled as one week intensives during the summer, in December and January and weekend classes in fall and spring. Pre-class and post-class assignments are required for intensive courses and for many of the weekend courses.  Required residential classes include EDUC 741, 730 and 919 for the Ed.D. with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, and EDUC 741, 747, and 919 for the Ed.D. with a concentration in Educational Leadership. EDUC 919 must be taken as the final residential course (along with EDUC 970).


Programs of Study

(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education (60 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format Only
Leadership Core Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 701 Advanced Learning Theory and Research 3
EDUC 703 Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 740 Leadership Principles and Ethics 3
EDUC 741 Theories of Educational Leadership 3*
Research and Evaluation Core Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 812 Advanced Educational Statistics 3
EDUC 815 Quantitative Methods of Research 3
EDUC 817 Qualitative Methods of Research 3
EDUC 919 Professional Writing and Research 3*
Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
Select from the following concentrations: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, or Educational Law
Dissertation Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 970 Comprehensive Exam 0**
EDUC 980 Dissertation Prospectus 3
EDUC 989 Dissertation Proposal and Research 3**,***
EDUC 989 Dissertation Proposal and Research 3**,***
EDUC 990 Dissertation Defense 3**
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 741, 919)
**Background check clearance required (EDUC 919, 970, 989, 990)
***EDUC 989 must be taken a minimum of two times. Any student who is not ready for enrollment in EDUC 989 may be required, as determined by the student's dissertation chair, to repeat EDUC 989 until deemed ready for enrollment in EDUC 990
+ Ed.D. students are alloweed to enroll in EDUC 989 a maximum of three times before their dissertaiont proposal is approved, and a maximum of nine times total. Extensions for exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Associate Dean for Advanced Programs in the School of Education.

Concentrations

(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction Concentration (24 hrs)
Curriculum and Instruction Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
EDUC 721 Issues and Trends in Exceptionality 3
EDUC 746 Conflict Resolution 3
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
EDUC 871 Investigations in Curriculum Change 3
EDUC elective (600-800 level) 3*
EDUC elective (600-800 level) 3*
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 735 Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning
EDUC 758 Teaching the College Student
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement **
EDUC 915 Quantitative Analysis **
EDUC 917 Qualitative Analysis **
*Choose any 600-800 level course except EDUC 798 which may not be used as an elective in the Ed. D.
**Courses offered in residence (EDUC 730, 915, 917)
(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership Concentration (24 hrs)
Educational Leadership Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
EDUC 742 Educational Leadership and Public Relations 3
EDUC 745 Organizational Analysis and Problem Solving for Educators 3
EDUC 746 Conflict Resolution 3
EDUC 840 Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership 3
EDUC elective (600-800 level) 3*
EDUC elective (600-800 level) 3*
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 848 Culture and Educational Leadership
EDUC 849 College and University Administration
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 747 Advanced School Law **
EDUC 915 Quantitative Analysis **
EDUC 917 Qualitative Analysis **
*Choose any 600-800 level course except EDUC 798 which may not be used as an elective in the Ed.D.
**Course offered in residence (EDUC 747, 915, 917)

DUAL DEGREE – EDUCATION LAW CONCENTRATION
To view the degree completion plan for the Doctor of Education - Educational Law Concentration Dual Degree Program (24 hrs) (Ed.D.), please see the School of Law section in this catalog.


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Curriculum and Instruction

Programs of Study

(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education Curriculum and Instruction (60 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Upon completion of this program plan including courses noted below, initial license/experience, and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program's area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide
Leadership Core Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 701 Advanced Learning Theory and Research 3
EDUC 703 Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 741 Theories of Educational Leadership 3*
Research and Evaluation Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 812 Advanced Educational Statistics 3
EDUC 815 Quantitative Methods of Research 3
EDUC 817 Qualitative Methods of Research 3
EDUC 919 Professional Writing and Research 3*,**
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 915 Quantitative Analysis *
EDUC 917 Qualitative Analysis *
Curriculum & Instruction Concentration (24 hrs)
EDUC 721 Issues and Trends in Exceptionality 3
EDUC 746 Conflict Resolution 3
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
EDUC 871 Investigations in Curriculum Change 3
Choose any 600-700 level elective except EDUC 798 which may not be used as an elective in the Ed.D. **** 3
Choose any 600-700 level elective except EDUC 798 which may not be used as an elective in the Ed.D. ****
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 740 Leadership Principles and Ethics 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 735 Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning
EDUC 758 Teaching the College Student 3
Dissertation Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 970 Comprehensive Exam 0**
EDUC 980 Dissertation Prospectus 3**
EDUC 989 Dissertation Proposal and Research 3**,***
EDUC 989 Dissertation Proposal and Research 3**,***
EDUC 990 Dissertation Defense 3**
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 730, 741, 915, 917, 919)
**Background check clearance required (EDUC 919, 970, 980, 989, 990)
***EDUC 989 must be taken a minimum of two times. Any student who is not ready for enrollment in EDUC 989 may be required, as determined by the student's dissertation chair, to repeat EDUC 989 until deemed ready for enrollment in EDUC 990
+ Ed.D. students are allowed to enroll in EDUC 989 a maximum of three times before their dissertation proposal is approved, and a maximum of nine times total. Extensions for exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Associate Dean for Advanced Programs in the School of Education.
****600-level courses are K-12 focus and may require field experience. Additional courses required for licensure are listed on the DCP and may be taken for 600-800 level elective.

Concentrations

(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education Concentration (24 hrs)
Elementary Education Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement 3*
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
EDUC 871 Investigations in Curriculum Change 3
EDUC Elective 3**
Choose four of the following courses: 12
EDUC 620 Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
EDUC 634 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
EDUC 636 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 730)
**Choose one of the following courses: EDUC 721, 735, 746, or 758
(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education Curriculum and Instruction - Middle Grades Education Concentration (24 hrs)
Middle Grades Education Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement 3*
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
EDUC 871 Investigations in Curriculum Change 3
EDUC Elective 3**
Choose four of the following courses: 12
EDUC 601 Professional Development in Middle Grades Education
EDUC 602 Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
EDUC 635 Teaching Science in the Middle School
EDUC 637 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
EDUC 676 Middle Grades Curriculum and Methods
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 730)
**Choose one of the following courses: EDUC 721, 735, 746, or 758
(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education Concentration (24 hrs)
Elementary Education Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement 3*
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
EDUC 871 Investigations in Curriculum Change 3
EDUC Elective 3**
Choose four of the following courses: 12
EDUC 620 Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 629 Technology and Diversity
EDUC 635 Teaching Science in the Middle School
EDUC 637 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
EDUC 668 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School
EDUC 669 Teaching Literacy in the Middle School
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 730)
**Choose one of the following courses: EDUC 721, 735, 746, or 758
(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education Curriculum and Instruction - Special Education Concentration (24 hrs)
Special Education Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
EDUC 721 Issues and Trends in Exceptionality 3
EDUC 730 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement 3*
EDUC 771 Curriculum Theory 3
EDUC 871 Investigations in Curriculum Change 3
Choose four of the following courses: 12
EDUC 620 Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs
EDUC 621 Educational Assessment for Special Needs
EDUC 624 Behavior Management
EDUC 629 Technology and Diversity
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement
*Course offered in residence (EDUC 730)

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
The Degree Completion Plans for the graduate programs in the School of Education are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Department of Sport Management

Laura M. Hatfield, B.S., M.S., Ed.D.
Sport Management Chair of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Sport Management

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
In 2015, the Master of Science in Sport Management was awarded accreditation by the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), the national governing body for sport management.


Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Science degree is designed to prepare competent and effective leaders with a biblical worldview who will model high standards and assume a leadership role in the sport industry. Leaders in the field of sport management are seen as those who assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of a business based administrative position in sport.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate moral leadership and ethical decision-making within the sport management workplace in the context of a Christian worldview.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in evaluating economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts on sport management issues.
  3. Integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills necessary for advanced career positions in sport management.
  4. Demonstrate research skills in the area of sport management.
  5. Demonstrate professional communication skills in written, oral, and technological venues.

Information pertaining to student learning and achievement in the sport management programs accredited by COSMA can be obtained by visiting the Department of Sport Management website at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/education/sport/index.cfm?PID=69 or by contacting the Chair of the Department of Sport Management at sportmanagement@liberty.edu.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the M.S. in Sport Management are listed below. The following items must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at http://www.luonline.com.

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the student has at least a 2.50).  Students admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to two graduate-level courses (total of 6 credit hours). Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous five years.

Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.S. candidates must:

  1. Complete 36 semester hours for the M.S. in Sport Management.
  2. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours through Liberty, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit, including credits from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty University, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Successfully complete a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of all Sport Management core courses and before enrolling in the culminating activity. The comprehensive exam will be made available after 21 hours have been completed. Comprehensive examinations are administered online in the fall, spring, and summer.
  5. May register for SMGT 689 or 699 after the successful completion of 21 hours, successfully passing the comprehensive exam, and permission of the Graduate Director.
  6. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no more than two Cs permitted (in includes grades of C+ & C-). While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, course credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.

Programs of Study

(M.S.) Master of Science in Sport Management (36 hrs)
Program Option: Online and Residential Formats
Core Courses (21 hrs)
SMGT 501 Social Issues in Sport Management 3
SMGT 502 Sport Marketing and Public Relations 3
SMGT 503 Ethics in Sport 3
SMGT 504 Foundations of Sport Ministry 3
SMGT 505 Legal Issues in Sport 3
SMGT 506 Economics and Financial Management of Sport 3
SMGT 520 Understanding Research in Sport, Recreation, and Tourism 3
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: General (Non-Thesis); Outdoor Adventure Sport (Thesis and Non-Thesis); Sport Administration (Thesis and Non-Thesis); or Tourism (Thesis and Non-Thesis).

Cognates

(M.S.) Master of Science in Sport Management - General Studies Non-Thesis Cognate (15 hrs)
General Non-Thesis Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT Elective (500-600 level) 3
SMGT Elective (500-600 level) 3
SMGT Elective (500-600 level) 3
SMGT 699 Internship 1 6

May register for SMGT 699 after successfully completing 21 hours and passing the Comprehensive Exam.

(M.S.) Master of Science in Sport Management - Sport Administration Non-Thesis Cognate (15 hrs)
Sport Administration Non-Thesis Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT 631 Sport Event and Facility Management 3
SMGT 632 Sport Development and Sales 3
SMGT 633 Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations 3
SMGT 699 Internship 1 6

May register for SMGT 699 after successfully completing 21 hours and passing the Comprehensive Exam.

(M.S.) Master of Science in Sport Management - Sport Administration Thesis Cognate (15 hrs)
Sport Administration Thesis Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT 631 Sport Event and Facility Management 3
SMGT 632 Sport Development and Sales 3
SMGT 633 Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations 3
SMGT 689 Thesis Proposal and Research  1 3
SMGT 690 Thesis Defense 3

May register for SMGT 689 after passing the Comprehensive Exam. Any student who is not ready for enrollment in SMGT 690 after completing SMGT 689 may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat SMGT 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in SMGT 690.

(M.S.) Master of Science in Sport Management - Outdoor Adventure Sport Non-Thesis Cognate (15 hrs)
Outdoor Adventure Sport Non-Thesis Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT 611 Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Sport 3
SMGT 612 Outdoor Adventure Programming 3
SMGT 613 Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Adventure Sport 3
SMGT 699 Internship 1 6

May register for SMGT 699 after successfully completing 21 hours and passing the Comprehensive Exam.

(M.S.) Master of Science in Sport Management - Outdoor Adventure Sport Thesis Cognate (15 hrs)
Outdoor Adventure Sport Thesis Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT 611 Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Sport 3
SMGT 612 Outdoor Adventure Programming 3
SMGT 613 Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Adventure Sport 3
SMGT 689 Thesis Proposal and Research  1 3
SMGT 690 Thesis Defense 3

May register for SMGT 689 after passing the Comprehensive Exam. Any student who is not ready for enrollment in SMGT 690 after completing SMGT 689 may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat SMGT 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in SMGT 690.

(M.S.) Master of Science in Sport Management - Tourism Non-Thesis Cognate (15 hrs)
Tourism Non-Thesis Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT 699 Internship 1 6
TOUR 601 Current Issues and Theories for Hospitality and Tourism Management 3
TOUR 602 Hospitality & Tourism Marketing Strategy 3
TOUR 603 Sport and Event Tourism Planning and Impacts 3

May register for SMGT 699 after successfully completing 21 hours and passing the Comprehensive Exam.

(M.S.) Master of Science in Sport Management - Tourism Thesis Cognate (15 hrs)
Tourism Thesis Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT 689 Thesis Proposal and Research  1 3
SMGT 690 Thesis Defense 3
TOUR 601 Current Issues and Theories for Hospitality and Tourism Management 3
TOUR 602 Hospitality & Tourism Marketing Strategy 3
TOUR 603 Sport and Event Tourism Planning and Impacts 3

May register for SMGT 689 after passing the Comprehensive Exam. Any student who is not ready for enrollment in SMGT 690 after completing SMGT 689 may be required, as determined by the student's thesis chair, to repeat SMGT 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in SMGT 690.


School of Education - Graduate Certificates

The School of Education offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.      

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 9 total hours.
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  6. Submit a Certificate Completion Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Graduate Certificate in Autism Education

Graduate Certificate in Autism Education (9 hrs)
EDUC 624 Behavior Management 3
EDUC 626 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assessment 3
EDUC 628 Communication, Language and Sensory Aspects for Autism 3

Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology and Online Instruction

Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology and Online Instruction (9 hrs)
EDUC 629 Technology and Diversity 3
EDUC 631 Foundations of Educational Technology and Online Learning 3
EDUC 633 Principles of Design and Management in Educational Technology and Online Learning 3

Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education

Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education (12 hrs)
EDUC 526 Principles and Practices in Gifted Education 3
EDUC 620 Organization and Design of Gifted Education Programs 3
EDUC 621 Educational Assessment for Special Needs 3
EDUC 627 Reading and Research in Gifted Education 3

Graduate Certificate in Middle Grades

Graduate Certificate in Middle Grades (9 hrs)
EDUC 601 Professional Development in Middle Grades Education 3
EDUC 602 Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
EDUC 635 Teaching Science in the Middle School
EDUC 637 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School

Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Sport

Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Adventure Sport (9 hrs)
SMGT 611 Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Sport 3
SMGT 612 Outdoor Adventure Programming 3
SMGT 613 Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Adventure Sport 3

Graduate Certificate in Preschool

Graduate Certificate in Preschool (9 hrs)
EDUC 501 Advanced Child Development 3
EDUC 653 Current Issues in Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 670 Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood 3

Graduate Certificate in School Leadership

Graduate Certificate in School Leadership (9 hrs)
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education 3
EDUC 643 Contemporary Issues in Educational Policy 3
EDUC 644 School Leadership in Diverse Settings 3

Graduate Certificate in Sport Management

Graduate Certificate in Sport Management (9 hrs)
SMGT 502 Sport Marketing and Public Relations 3
SMGT 504 Foundations of Sport Ministry 3
SMGT 633 Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations 3


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