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State Requirements

Licensure Information

The following programs are designed to lead to initial licensure as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching

The following programs are designed to lead to advanced licensure, as also outlined by the Virginia Department of Education:

  • Master of Education: Administration & Supervision
  • Master of Education: Reading Specialist
  • Master of Education: Math Specialist
  • Education Specialist: School Administration & Supervision
  • Doctor of Education: School Administration & Supervision

Students should be aware of the following before enrolling in one of Liberty University’s education programs:

  • State regulations regarding licensure opportunities if an applicant has a previous felony conviction, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, and/or a founded case of child abuse and neglect.
  • State regulations regarding the type and number of academic courses and practicum/internship/student teaching hours.
  • The state accreditation requirements for educational institutions.
  • The state regulations and requirements for online education programs.

State Licensure/Certification

View the licensure/certification requirements for your state.

Disclosure Statement

Enrollment in one of the School of Education licensure programs does not guarantee a degree from Liberty or qualification for licensure. Students are responsible for meeting all academic and professional requirements for graduation. Further information regarding these academic and professional requirements are outlined on the Liberty University website. Students enrolled in a licensure program are responsible for knowing the material outlined for their program.

Prospective students should be aware that each state has different professional licensure and certification requirements governing various occupations. Liberty University works to confirm if its educational programs meet the educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification outside the Commonwealth of Virginia and updates this information each year. Students who plan to pursue licensure outside the Commonwealth of Virginia should be aware that state licensure requirements are subject to changes. Students are ultimately responsible for verifying their individual eligibility for state licensure and satisfying any requirements imposed thereby. While a program may originally meet the educational requirements for licensure, changes in requirements could impact the program’s ability to meet any new educational requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensure board to confirm licensure requirements and obtain additional guidance as needed from the respective licensure board.

Special Education Provisional Licensure (Virginia Only)

Undergraduate students enrolled in a non-licensure program (i.e., the BS in Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies) who wish to be eligible for a provisional license in Special Education at the conclusion of the program may pursue EDSP 323: Special Education Law & Characteristics. Completion of this course will allow graduates to apply for a provisional license in Special Education General Curriculum (K-12) in Virginia upon the completion of the undergraduate degree program.

Non-degree students with an earned undergraduate degree seeking a provisional licensure endorsement in special education may pursue EDSP 521: Foundations of Exceptionality. Individuals who complete this course will be eligible to apply for a provisional license in Special Education General Curriculum (K-12) in Virginia.

Location Change

At any time you may notify us of a location change that could affect your licensure disclosure information. We require that you provide us official notification by completing the State Change Notification form. Any address changes done through your myLU portal will not be considered an official address change and will not generate an updated disclosure.

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