Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Elementary Education (PreK – 6), Licensure
The B.Ed. in Elementary Education (PreK-6) is designed for individuals who do not have an initial teaching license. This is the perfect program for individuals interested in earning a license in Elementary Education.
Field experience requirements will be completed early and often in the field of special education and culminate in a 16-week student teaching semester. Licensure in the state of Virginia requires that you meet all necessary criteria.
Upon successful completion of Liberty University’s Virginia state-approved B.Ed. program, you may apply for your teaching license in another state through reciprocity, which may or may not result in additional requirements based on your state’s Department of Education regulations. For state approval information, visit www.Liberty.edu/StateApprovals.
The School of Education is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This program is designed to support edTPA.
Gate Information: Program Checkpoints
Framework & Dispositions
The mission of the School of Education at Liberty University is to develop competent professionals with a Biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools.
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
Field Experiences (Practicums, Student Teaching, Background Checks)
Early and ongoing field experiences are crucial for initial licensure preparation. The continuum of field experiences required in Liberty’s program includes practicums in PreK-6 settings and culminates in student teaching during the final semester. You should use the Field Experience Summary to track your diverse field experiences.
The School of Education strives to produce educators who model high standards before their peers. In keeping with this mission, you must complete a variety of field experiences in PreK-6 school systems. Background checks have become a requirement in our partnerships with these schools. Out of respect for this, you will be required to complete a background check through CastleBranch that includes criminal clearance, fingerprint clearances, and VA child abuse clearance [VA child abuse clearance required for all online candidates completing a placement in VA]. Additional clearances may be required depending on the assigned school placement.
Student teaching requires a full semester (16 weeks) commitment to the classroom (all day, every day) in the last semester of the degree program. It is the culmination of all coursework and field experiences. It is important to prepare thoroughly and decrease outside responsibilities during this semester. You may choose to complete student teaching in the local area or in an external location, including international locations. Student teaching must be completed in an accredited school system.
Practicums and Student Teaching may not be transferred into the B.Ed. program. Other EDUC/EDSP courses must closely align with the licensure requirements embedded within the education courses, and are not guaranteed to transfer.
To be eligible for a state teaching license, you must complete a Virginia Department of Education state-approved program. To be eligible for verification forms for other states, the Licensure Office must verify that you have completed one of our approved licensure programs.
Programs that lead to licensure will involve coursework, licensure tests, and student teaching. Review Licensure Information.
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.
To be eligible for a VA teaching license, you must obtain a SSN. Typically, this is accomplished by obtaining a job within the United States. If you are an international student and do not have an SSN when registering for licensure tests, you will need to pay for an extra copy of your test scores with the SSN stated on them before applying for VA licensure.
For further assistance in obtaining a SSN, please contact the Office of International Student Services.
Handbooks & Resources
- View the Licensure Program Resources and Handbooks.