Master of Education

Dr. Beth Ackerman — Associate Dean, School of Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Liberty University Online’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) prepares students for leadership roles in Christian, public, and private school systems. Coursework provides focused training for those seeking a position as a K-12 educator or those wanting to further their education by pursuing an Education Specialist degree or Doctor of Education. Along with core courses, specializations offer more specific knowledge in a particular area of interest, such as administration and supervision, teaching and learning, specialized programs, or school counseling.

Liberty Online’s M.Ed. program has state approved advanced licensure (has reciprocity with other states) or endorsements, and is also recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Learn more about program-specific accreditations.

Review the Advising Guide for more specific information concerning Liberty Online’s education degrees.



Student Testimonial

After completing the non-licensure M.Ed. program in Teaching and Learning through Liberty Online, Chris Mitcheltree began pursuing Pennsylvania licensure for supervision of curriculum and instruction.

“Because Liberty’s degree plan allowed me to choose a lot of my courses, I looked up those required to fill a curriculum and instruction degree [in Pennsylvania] and took the Liberty courses most closely related to those. I sent all my coursework and course descriptions to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, took the state Praxis exam — and waited. I finally got that beautiful piece of blue paper with the gold seal in the mail! They are not requiring any additional classes. Liberty did it all!"

Program options within the M.Ed.:

*Students within the Program Specialist or Teaching and Learning specialization must choose a specialization.

Licensure Descriptions

  • (1) Available for advanced licensure in Virginia, students pursuing these concentrations for licensure must already hold an initial teaching license.
  • (2) With the exception of the add-on licensure that may be available through the early childhood and gifted specializations, licensure is not available for teaching and learning programs.
  • (3) No prior teaching license required
    • Two years of teaching or counseling experience required
      • may be acquired during M.Ed. program
      • may be acquired while employed as assistant counselor with provisional license

Transfer Credit

Up to six hours of master's-level courses may be accepted, as applicable, into the M.Ed. program (up to 12 hours in the school counselor program). For transfer credit to be evaluated, students must first apply and be accepted to the master's program, then request a transcript evaluation by emailing the Registrar's Office at Only original, official, and unopened transcripts will be evaluated. Courses from a completed degree are not eligible for transfer. More information regarding transfer credit can be obtained by calling the Graduate Admissions Office at (800) 424-9595, option 2.

Quick Facts

Program Delivery Format

Residency Requirement

  • There are no residency requirements for the Teaching and Learning concentration
  • All other concentrations require 3-4 on-campus intensives

Credit Hours

  • 36 total hours (48 total hours for the School Counseling concentration)
  • Up to 6 credit hours can be transferred in from an accredited and unconferred degree


  • Those seeking licensure must complete a three-credit-hour internship or student teaching assignment as part of the M.Ed. program.

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