Graduate Gate 3: Admission for Student Teaching/Internship/Capstone Course

Student teaching/Internship experiences are arranged in positive classroom settings with well-qualified cooperating teachers within Christian, private, and public schools. Student teachers/Interns are supervised by faculty members from Liberty University. For this reason, student teaching/internship may not be completed at another institution and transferred to Liberty University. Also, student teaching/internship credit will not be awarded for non-certified classroom employment.

Student teaching/Internship should be approached with a great deal of respect for the responsibilities involved and should be regarded as an important experience. During student teaching/internship, the student teacher/intern will assume an important role of responsibilities and obligations to the school and the students.  It is imperative that student teachers/interns plan to arrange personal schedules to allow proper attention to be given to student teaching responsibilities and those activities associated with outside preparation. For these reasons, extracurricular activities and extensive social commitments are highly discouraged.

The deadlines for student teaching/internship are very important in order to allow time for the Field Offices to coordinate details with possible school placements. In some cases, schools may have additional paperwork or processes that must be followed, which can extend the placement confirmation window. Thank you for understanding and for complying with these important deadlines.


Application Requirements

Application Submission

  • Submission Instructions: The application must be completed and submitted using the system outlined in the instructions.

Application Deadline

  • Licensure Candidates
    • September 1 for Spring placements
    • February 1 for Summer/Fall placements
    • See chart below for submission/review windows
  • Non-Licensure and Add-On Licensure Candidates
    • At least one month prior to the registration deadline for the semester/term in which you wish to complete the capstone course.

Application Review

  • Your application will be reviewed by the Gate Office within two weeks of your submission.
  • You will receive an email from the Gate Office indicating your application status. This email will provide further instructions according to your status.

Application Status

  • Licensure Candidates
    • Acceptance
      • You receive admission to the Student Teaching/Internship for the appropriate semester.
      • The Field Offices will begin requesting and securing a placement based on placement policies.
    • Probation
      • You have been approved to be registered for the Student Teaching/Internship course for the appropriate semester with the understanding that all items that have been accepted on a probationary status will be updated and submitted as requested prior to the Student Teaching/Internship course start date.
    • Denied
      • You have not met all requirements for Gate 3 admission. This means you will need to submit your updated Gate 3 application for a future semester.
  • Non-Licensure and Add-On Licensure Candidates
    • Acceptance
      • You receive admission to the capstone course for the appropriate semester/term. You will need to contact Advising to register for the appropriate course.
    • Denied
      • You have not met all requirements for Gate 3 admission. This means you will need to update any missing items and re-submit your Gate 3 application.

Application Questions

  • Contact the Gate Office at gate3@liberty.edu with questions about the Gate 3 application or stop by the Gate Office.

Other Resources


  • Accepting Initial Submission Applications during this timeframe.

    • September 1 (for Spring student teachers/interns)
      Candidates may begin submitting applications June 1.
      No initial submissions accepted after the 1st.

    • February 1 (for Fall/Summer student teachers/interns)
      Candidates may begin submitting applications January 1.
      No initial submissions accepted after the 1st.

  • Initial Status Responses: Candidates are informed of their status during this timeframe. Status may be: Approved, Probation, or Denied.

    • September 1–September 15
      Candidates must have an answer by September 15 through email and by LiveText rubric that states their status

    • February 1–February 15
      Candidates must have an answer by February 15 through email and by LiveText rubric that states their status?

  • Revision Window Candidates use these two weeks to fix any problems associated with the first submission application. They will resubmit the revised application during this window.

    • September 15–October 1
      No resubmissions will be accepted after the 1st

    • February 15–March 1
      No resubmissions will be accepted after the 1st

  • Revised Application Resubmission – FINAL DEADLINE
    Candidates must resubmit the revised application by this final date.

    • October 1
      No resubmissions will be accepted after the 1st

    • March 1
      No resubmissions will be accepted after the 1st

  • Final Status Responses: Candidates are informed of their final status during this timeframe.

    • October 1–October 15
      Status is final by October 15. If the candidate is denied at this point, he/she will have to apply for a future semester.

    • March 1–March 15
      Status is final by March 15. If the candidate is denied at this point, he/she will have to apply for a future semester.