Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Florida Commission for Independent Education

Description of physical facilities: All licensed institutions must describe their physical facilities in Florida, which must meet the requirements as set forth in subsection 6E-2.004(9), F.A.C. Information showing compliance with relevant local safety and health standards, such as fire, building, and sanitation shall be available to students.

Liberty University will not have a permanent, physical location in Florida where it is offering its degree programs. Rather, it is offering limited course intensives from some of its online Education and Counseling degree programs in week-long intensive sessions utilizing rented meeting space at the Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel at 5445 Forbes Place, Orlando, FL 32812. Liberty has already filed with the Commission all safety documents provided by the hotel, and can make additional copies available where needed.

Licensure and accreditation status: The institution shall disclose its status regarding licensure by the Commission and its status as an accredited institution or program, as applicable. The level and scope of licensure or accreditation shall be disclosed, and any ramifications of accreditation or lack of accreditation on the ability to sit for professional examinations and eligibility for financial aid shall be disclosed.

Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (ID # 5479), Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor, master, specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Liberty University. SACSCOC is a U.S. Department of Education recognized regional accreditor.

An academic calendar showing beginning and ending dates of enrollment periods, programs, terms, quarters, or semesters; holidays; registration dates; and other significant dates and deadlines:


Liberty University will offer one week course intensives on the following dates:

  • To Be Determined

A description of the nature and extent of student services offered:

Liberty’s Office of Intensives/Special Events will have two leaders on site to facilitate the student intensive experience, but only during the intensive weeks. They will serve as hosts during the week-long intensives to students to answer general questions, providing directions regarding their class location, hours, etc. They will also be overseeing hospitality (coffee and refreshments) being offered by the hotel, as well as providing a space for students to meet with advisors via video conferencing should they need any assistance regarding their class schedule, registration related matters, etc.

Transfer of credit from this institution is at the
discretion of the receiving institution.

While placement assistance is offered, employment cannot be guaranteed.

All applicable refunds will be made within 30 days.

The administrators for the Florida site are: Dr. Ronald Hawkins, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Chris Johnson, Executive Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Don Moon, Chief Financial Officer.

Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (ID # 5479), Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684.

A description of each course offered, including identifying number, title, credit or clock hours awarded, a description of the contents of the course including language of instruction if other than English, and prerequisites, if any:

EDUC 504     Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education                     3 hours
A comprehensive survey of the historical and philosophical development of education. Emphasis is placed upon analysis of religious and public educational trends in the past and present. The candidates will be required to formulate a personal, Christian world view philosophy.

EDUC 741     Theories of Educational Leadership         3 hours
A study of leadership styles and the resulting influence upon school personnel, community, and instructional innovation and curricular change within the system. Required residential course.

COUC 505    Counseling Techniques and the Helping Relationship               3 hours
Prerequisites: COUN 500, 501, 502
This experiential and didactic course provides students an understanding of effective interventions from individual, relational, and systems perspectives. Students also examine personal characteristics and their effect on individual, couple, and family counseling using case discussion and analysis.

COUN 512    Group Counseling                                      3 hours
Prerequisites: COUN 500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 510
The course provides in-depth training in group counseling methods including group counselor orientations and behaviors, group theories, principles of group dynamics, group process components, developmental stages of groups, group members’ roles and behaviors, therapeutic factors of group work, and program design and evaluation. Group counseling skills, appropriate selection criteria and methods, as well as leadership approaches, characteristics, and styles are studied. Ethical and legal considerations of group counseling are also explored. An experiential component is required in this course where students participate in small groups as members and/or leaders for a minimum of 10 clock hours.

A description of all diplomas or degrees awarded, together with a statement of the requirements to be met for satisfactory completion of each:


Liberty is not offering full degree programs at the Florida site but rather just limited course intensives from existing degree programs specified below:

  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Education
  • Education Specialist
  • Doctor of Education
    • Education Leadership
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Community Care and Counseling

A listing of all faculty indicating degrees held and institutions or agencies awarding the credentials:

Ellen Black
Doctor of Education (Curriculum and Instruction); Temple University | Philadelphia, PA
Master of Education (Reading and Language Arts); Texas A&M University-Commerce | Commerce, TX - US
Bachelor of Science (Education); Eastern Mennonite University | Harrisonburg, VA - US

Russell Claxton
Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership); University Of Georgia | Athens, GA - US
Education Specialist (Educational Leadership); University Of Georgia | Athens, GA - US
Master of Education (Administration and Supervision); University of West Georgia | Carrollton, GA - US
Bachelor of Science (Human Resources); Liberty University | Lynchburg, VA - US

Denise Daniel
Doctor of Philosophy (Counselor Education and Supervision); Regent University | Virginia Beach, VA
Master of Arts (Biblical Counseling); Dallas Theological Seminary | Dallas, TX - US
Master of Biblical Studies (biblical studies); Dallas Theological Seminary | Dallas, TX - US
Bachelor of Science (Nursing); Dallas Baptist University | Dallas, TX - US

Mary Deacon
Doctor of Philosophy (Counselor Education); University of Virginia | Charlottesville, VA - US
Master of Arts (Professional Counseling); Liberty University | Lynchburg, VA - US
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry); Central Michigan University | Mount Pleasant, MI

Fernando Garzon
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology); Fuller Theological Seminary | Pasadena, CA - US
Bachelor of Arts (Biology); Wake Forest University | Winston Salem, NC - US

Patricia Hinkley
Doctor of Education (Counseling Psychology); Argosy University-Sarasota, FL | Sarasota, FL
Master of Arts (Counseling); Liberty University | Lynchburg, VA - US
Bachelor of Science (Psychology); Liberty University | Lynchburg, VA - US

Victor Hinson
Doctor of Education (Counseling Psychology); Argosy University-Sarasota, FL | Sarasota, FL
Master of Arts (Professional Counseling); Liberty University | Lynchburg, VA - US
Master of Divinity (Christian Education); Southeastern Baptist Theo Sem | Wake Forest, NC - US
Bachelor of Arts (Religious Studies); Gardner-Webb University | Boiling Springs, NC - US

Deanna Keith
Doctor of Education (Admin and Supervision); University of Virginia | Charlottesville, VA - US
Education Specialist (Admin and Supervision); University of Virginia | Charlottesville, VA - US
Master of Education (Special Education); Lynchburg College | Lynchburg, VA - US
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Special Education); Lynchburg College | Lynchburg, VA - US

Harvey Klamm
Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership); Liberty University | Lynchburg, VA - US
Master of Education (Physical Education with Curriculum Emphasis); University of Virginia | Charlottesville, VA - US
Bachelor of Arts (Health, Physical Ed., Recreation); Cedarville University | Cedarville, OH - US

Melvin Pride
Doctor of Philosophy (Pastoral Counseling); Loyola University | New Orleans, LA - US
Master of Arts (Coun/Disc); Capital Bible Seminary | Lanham, MD
Master of Science (Pastoral Counseling); Loyola University Maryland | Baltimore, MD - US
Bachelor of Science (Business Administration); Towson University | Towson, MD - US

Samuel Smith
Doctor of Education (Curriculum and Instruction); Oklahoma State Univ | Stillwater, OK
Master of Arts (School Administration); Grace College and Seminary | Winona Lake, IN - US
Bachelor of Arts (Bible, English); Mid-America Christian Univ | Oklahoma City, OK - US



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