A.A.-B.S. in Education

Associate of Arts in Education (A.A.)

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.-ED)

A.A. in Education or Early Childhood Education

  • 60 credit hour program
  • 21 hours in the Education major
  • This program is a non-licensure program and will not lead to state licensure in and of itself
  • No practicum
  • Does not lead to ACSI certification
  • Prepares student for B.S. in Education

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
(Elementary, Special Education, or Early Childhood Education)

  • 120 credit hour program
  • 36 hours in the Education major
  • This program is a non-licensure program and will not lead to state licensure in and of itself
  • Required practicum
  • Leads to ACSI certification
  • Many colleges have merged their B.S. and M.S. programs into a 5-year licensure program. A master's degree is required to renew licensure in some states.
  • Prepares a student for M.A.T. in elementary or special education
  • The program is not designed for students who want to pursue a secondary specialization because students will need to focus on one or two areas of content, and this degree does not provide for that

EDUC 390 Practicum

  • Is a 16-week course.
  • Is required for standard ACSI certification.  Review ACSI requirements and the application process here.
  • The 90 FE hours should be spread throughout the entire semester.  Student should be active in placement throughout the entire semester.
  • Under the direction of the mentor teacher, the student must write a week of lesson plans and teach full-time for 5 consecutive days.
  • Must be paired with a mentor teacher who has at least three years of experience and holds a current teaching license.
  • Students may not be placed in a classroom with a relative (mentor teacher or classroom students).
  • Hours must be in PreK-12 grade range. – could be younger for early childhood, but must be an instructional setting (placements that will NOT be approved: day care, day camp, summer camp, learning center, etc.)
  • Hours must all be in the same classroom/setting, so substitute teaching hours may only be used if it is a long term substituting placement.
  • Requires a background check to be ordered through ADB. NO exceptions.
  • Candidates will not be “placed” by LU, except for in the schools listed by Liberty.
  • Letter from LU can be provided, if required by school.
  • For school contracts/agreements email –


  • Home school teachers
  • Christian school teachers not seeking licensure
  • Other education careers that may not need state licensure
  • Leads to teaching licensure when coupled with the M.A.T.

Other licensure options

  • Undergraduate program on campus (UGuide)
  • MAT program online (Advising Guide) with one-week intensives on campus