Undergraduate Gate 3

Admission to Student Teaching

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

Student teaching should be approached with a great deal of respect for the responsibilities involved and should be regarded as an important experience. During student teaching, the student teacher will assume an important role of responsibilities and obligations to the school and the students. It is imperative that student teachers plan to arrange his/her personal schedule in order to allow for proper attention to be given to student teaching responsibilities and those activities associated with outside preparation. For these reasons, extracurricular activities, extensive social commitments, and working more than 10 hours per week are highly discouraged.


Application

The deadlines for student teaching 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

  • Degree Completion Plan Audit (Submitted as a PDF)
    • Teacher Licensure Major
    • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
    • All courses completed prior to student teaching with the exception of EDUC 475/476/477
      • Documentation of transfer courses, CLEP/ICE exams, etc.
  • Licensure Exams
    • Official score sheet with passing scores for VCLA
    • Official score sheet with passing scores for Praxis Subject Assessment(s)
    • Official score sheet with passing scores for RVE (Elementary and Special Education candidates only)
  • Proof of Background Clearances
    • Criminal Background
    • FBI Fingerprints
    • Virginia Child Abuse Clearances
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test with Negative Result (valid through the end of the ST semester)
  • Liability Insurance – Christian Educator Association International (CEAI) (valid through the end of the ST semester; select “College Student” option)
  • Maintain Satisfactory Conduct
  • Placement Requests

    • Local or
    • External

Application Submission

Application must be completed and submitted using the candidate’s LiveText application.

Application Deadline

  • Student Teach in Fall Semester: February 1
  • Student Teach in Spring Semester: September 1
  • See chart below for submission/review windows.

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

Acceptance

You receive admission to the student teaching courses for the appropriate semester. The Field Offices will begin requesting and securing a placement based on placement policies.

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.

Application Questions

You can contact the Gate Office at uteach@liberty.edu with questions about the Gate 3 application or stop by the Gate Office. For an outline of Gate 3 requirements, please see the Undergraduate Gate 3 Checklist.

Other Resources


Submission Dates

Initial Submission Applications

Accepting Initial Submission Applications during this timeframe.

  • September 1 (for Spring student teachers)
    Candidates may begin submitting applications August 1.
    No initial submissions accepted after September 1.

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

Initial Status Responses

Candidates are informed of their status during this timeframe. Status may be: Approved or Denied.

  • September 1–September 15
    Candidates will receive an initial response by September 15 via email and Livetext rubric that states their status.

  • February 1–February 15
    Candidates will receive an initial response by February 15 via email and 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 October 1.

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

Final Deadline: Revised Application Resubmission

Candidates must resubmit the revised application by this final date.

  • October 1
    No resubmissions will be accepted after October 1.

  • March 1
    No resubmissions will be accepted after March 1.

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.