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Ed.D. in School Administration & Supervision

Licensure, Building-Level

The mission of School Administration Programs at Liberty University is to develop competent professionals with a Biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools. This degree leads to a Virginia license in School Administration and Supervision. The program is nationally approved by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

The Ed.D. is a fifty-four hour program, and culminates in a capstone project.


  • General Information
    • EDUC 880 must be the final non-dissertation course taken.
    • Field Experiences: Field Experiences within EDAS 588, EDAS 688, and EDAS 699 are required for candidates adding a school administration licensure endorsement.
    • A current state teaching license is required (elementary, middle grades, secondary, or special education).
    • Three years of full-time contractual teaching experience while holding a teaching license is required (years may be accrued during M.Ed. program).
      • Candidates must have at least one year of full-time contractual teaching experience prior to the internship.
    • 3.0 GPA
  • Gate Information
    • Gate 1: University Admission (EDGT 689)
    • Gate 2: Advanced Licensure Program Status Check (EDGT 691)
    • Gate 3: Program Admission & Internship Application (EDGT 692)
    • Gate 4: Program Exit & Licensure Application
  • Capstone Information
    • All non-dissertation coursework must be completed before starting EDUC 880.
    • Ed.D. students are allowed to enroll in EDUC 887, 888, 889 a maximum of two times. Extensions for exceptional circumstances must be approved by the School of Education.
    • Enrollment in EDUC 890 is contingent on School of Education approval.
    • Starting with EDUC 880, candidates must continuously enroll in dissertation coursework until the final defense. Candidates who break enrollment will be required to re-apply.

Framework and 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 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, and
  • Displays professionalism.

Degree Completion Plan and Course Sequencing Guide

Transfer Credit

View the doctoral transfer policies here. Capstone and Dissertation courses are not eligible to be transferred.

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 CastleBranch.

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 an SSN, the candidate must apply for an 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.

Advanced Internship Assessment (AIA)

The Advanced Competency Assessments are evaluations completed by the Internship Supervisor as an assessment of the candidate’s overall performance. Candidate will be responsible for meeting all of the competencies outlined in the chosen assessment endorsement area(s).

Handbook and Forms

Approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the CAEP Accreditation System.