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Program Expectations & Advising Resources for the M.Ed. in Special & Gifted Education: Twice Exceptionalities with Transition & Special Needs, Gifted Education, & Special Education General Curriculum

Add-On Licensure Endorsement

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 an Education Specialist or Doctor of Education degree.

This program includes add-on endorsements in Career and Technical Education (CTE)-Transition and Special Needs, Gifted Education, and Special Education General Curriculum, all designed for candidates who are already licensed teachers.


  • Degree Completion Plan
  • Course Guides
  • General Information
    • An initial elementary, special education, middle school, or secondary teaching license is required for candidates seeking the Gifted Education add-on license.
    • The Add-On Endorsement in Special Education General Curriculum only applies to the grade band of the initial license (e.g., Elementary Education), and is an option for those who meet the following requirements:
      • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and
      • Hold a current teaching license issued by the Virginia Board of Education in one of the following endorsement areas:
        • Elementary Education.
        • Middle Grades Education with endorsement(s) in English, History, Social Sciences, Mathematics, or Science.
        • Secondary Grades Education with endorsement(s) in English, History, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics.
    • Field Experiences:
      • EDGL 598, Field Experience Practicum: Gifted Learners
      • EDSP 545 (Elementary) or 546 (Middle) or 547 (Secondary) Practicum
    • 3.0 GPA
    • Gate Information
      • Gate 1: Program Acknowledgement
      • Gate 2: Teaching & Learning Program Status Check
      • Gate 3: Practicum/Capstone 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 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

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 the school system. Out of respect for this, we require all candidates to complete a background check through American DataBank.


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.

Transfer Credit

View the graduate transfer policies.

Licensure Information

Candidates who are interested in an add-on to their 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 candidates completed one of our approved licensure programs.

Candidates in this program are not eligible to pursue a student teaching or internship semester.

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