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Program Expectations & Advising Resources for the M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision

Licensure, Building-Level

The School of Education, through Liberty University Online, offers numerous graduate programs at the master’s level. The Master of Education will prepare you for leadership roles in Christian, public, and private school systems. Coursework provides focused training for those seeking a position as a PK–12 principal or assistant principal or those wanting to further their education in preparation for the pursuit of an Education Specialist or Doctor of Education degree.

Certain prerequisites may be required by Liberty University’s School of Education for those seeking to become candidates in the graduate programs, specifically from candidates with a non-educational undergraduate background or candidates who meet the equivalent of an academic major in a liberal arts area.

Reciprocity with other states may be available. For state approval information, visit Liberty.edu/StateApprovals.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits Liberty University. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through content and pedagogy, clinical partnerships and practice, candidate recruitment, progression and support, program impact, and quality assurance and continuous improvement. Liberty University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


  • General Information
    • Degree Completion Plan
    • Course Guides
    • A current state teaching license is required (elementary, middle grades, secondary, special education, or school counseling).
    • Three years of full-time contractual teaching experience while holding a renewable teaching or school counseling license is required (years may be accrued during M.Ed. program). A provisional license will not suffice.
      • Candidates must document at least one year of full-time contractual teaching or school counseling experience prior to the internship semester.
    • Field Experiences:
      • Candidates on a 2019-20 or prior DCP are required to complete 30 practicum hours within each of the below courses:
        • EDUC 640
        • EDUC 646
        • EDUC 647
        • EDUC 648
      • Candidates on a 2020-21 or later DCP are required to complete 60 practicum hours within each of the below courses:
        • EDAS 588
        • EDAS 688
      • Internship semester: EDUC/EDAS 699
    • 3.0 GPA
  • Gate Information
    • Gate 1: University Admission
    • Gate 2: Advanced Licensure Program Status Check
    • Gate 3: Program Admission & Internship Application
    • Gate 4: Program Exit & Licensure Application

Framework and Dispositions

The purpose of the School of Education is to develop Christ-centered educators and leaders through rigorous, biblically-based instruction and practical training.

The faculty of the School of Education has delineated the dispositions that you should reflect in your program:

  • Displays a sense of social responsibility
  • Demonstrates commitment/work ethic
  • Demonstrates reflective practice
  • Displays personal integrity
  • Displays professionalism

Transfer Credit

View the graduate transfer policies.

Background Check

The School of Education strives to produce educators who model high standards before their peers. In keeping with this mission, candidates will complete a variety of field experiences in the K–12 school system as part of his/her program. Background checks have become a requirement in our partnerships with school systems. Out of respect for this, we require all candidates to complete a background check through American DataBank.

Field Experience

Early and ongoing field experiences are crucial for initial and advanced licensure preparation. The continuum of field experiences required in Liberty University’s program includes practicums in PreK–12 settings and culminates in an internship during the final semester.


The Gate system is designed as a set of checkpoints to ensure that candidates have met the necessary requirements to complete the program. The Gate system is an important part of maintaining a quality program as required by our licensing and accrediting bodies.

Licensure Information

Candidates who are interested in a teaching or advanced state license must complete a Virginia Department of Education approved program. To be eligible for verification forms for other states, the licensure office must verify that the candidate has completed one of our approved licensure programs. Programs that lead to licensure will involve coursework, licensure tests, and student teaching or internship.

Some states may not accept student teaching or teaching experience outside of the US or its territories (including the Commonwealth of Virginia for Administration & Supervision candidates).

Social Security Number for Licensure

To apply for a Virginia license, candidates must submit proof of a social security number (SSN). If the candidate does not have a SSN, the candidate must apply for a SSN.


The internship (320 hours) requires a Full Semester (15 weeks) commitment in the last semester of the degree program. It is the culmination of all coursework and pre-professional experience. All Advanced Internship Assessments must be met during the internship placement; therefore, it is important to prepare thoroughly and decrease outside responsibilities during this semester.


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