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Maria Spaulding, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Education

(434) 582-2555


  • Ph.D.  in Educational Psychology, Regent University,
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, Averett University
  • B.S. in General Studies, Liberty University



Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Education
  • Diagnostic Measurement and Evaluation
  • Instructional Design Practicum
  • Classroom Management for Teachers
  • Early Childhood Education Fundamentals
  • Wellness in the Early Childhood Setting
  • Teaching Elementary Mathematics
  • Instructional Practices for Differentiated Instruction
  • Elementary Reading and Language Arts Practicum
  • Teaching Elementary Social Studies
  • Student Teaching Undergraduate
  • Student Teaching Graduate

Professional Memberships

  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Association of Christian Schools International


Maria Spaulding serves as a full-time undergraduate education professor at Liberty University and as the Coordinator of Student Teaching and Program Director of the A.A. in Education, A.A. in Early Childhood Education, B.S. in Elementary Education Interdisciplinary Studies and B.S in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies. She began her career in education in a private school in North Carolina and served as a kindergarten and fourth-grade teacher in Virginia for seven years.  Spaulding enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate education students who are seeking to use their teaching skills to follow God’s calling for their lives.


  • Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. J., Spaulding, L. S., & Spaulding, M. T. (2016). Identifying significant integration and institutional factors that predict online, doctoral persistence. The Internet and Higher Education, 31, 101- 112.

Research Interests

  • Doctoral Persistence