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Program Expectations & Advising Resources for the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership, Non-Licensure

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 candidates seeking a position as a K–12 educator or those wanting to further their education in preparation for the pursuit of a post-graduate or doctoral degree.

Along with core courses, specializations offer more specific knowledge in a particular area of interest.

This is a non-licensure program.


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 must be observable in each candidate of our programs at all levels:

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


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

Practicum (EDUC 698) or Capstone (EDUC 696)

The practicum (EDUC 698) is an eight-week course designed for candidates who are pursuing a degree in the field of education but are not seeking state licensure. Candidates completing a practicum are required to complete 45 instructional and cumulative hours in the field of education that relates to their degree program. Hours accumulated through the field experiences in prior courses may not be used.

Candidates who choose to complete a practicum will be required to complete a background check through American DataBank.

To request a practicum placement, please see the Field Experience: Requesting Procedures page.

If students are unable to complete EDUC 698 due to the required practicum hours, an alternate capstone (EDUC 696: Current Issues in Education Capstone) may be completed instead. EDUC 696 does not require field experience hours. Completion of EDUC 696 does not lead to ACSI certification.

Transfer Credit

View the graduate transfer policies.

Licensure Information

This program does not lead to state licensure or certification. Candidates in this program are not eligible to pursue a student teaching or internship semester.

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