Master of Education (M.Ed.) 

Reading Specialist Endorsement – Licensure

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 those seeking a position as a K–12 educator or those wanting to further their education in preparation of the pursuit of an Education Specialist or Doctor of Education degree.

Along with core courses, specializations offer more specific knowledge in a particular area of interest.

Certain prerequisites may be required by Liberty University’s School of Education for those seeking to become candidates in the master's program, specifically from candidates with a non-educational undergraduate background or those who meet the equivalent of an academic major in a liberal arts area.

Reciprocity with other states may be available. For state approval information, visit www.Liberty.edu/StateApprovals.


Requirements

  • General Information
    • Residential Intensives: EDUC 622, 641, and 645
    • Field Experiences: EDUC 500, 521, 554, 622, 650, 652, and 699
    • A current state teaching license is required (elementary, middle grades, secondary, or special education).
    • Three years of full-time contractual teaching experience 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: Admission into Liberty University
    • Gate 2: Acceptance into the Advanced Licensure Program
    • Gate 3: Acceptance for Internship
      • Licensure test
        • Praxis II RVE (Reading Specialist Assessment)
    • Gate 4: Licensure Application

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.

Framework and Disposition Page

Degree Completion Plan and Course Sequencing Guide

Transfer Credit

Candidates may request to transfer up to 12 graduate credit hours into the M.Ed. program. Capstones, intensives, and most courses that require field experience are not eligible to be transferred. Courses must not be older than 5 years.

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 CastleBranch.

Intensives

During your time in the M.A.T. program, you will be required to complete several residential intensives on our beautiful campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. We are confident that your academic journey will be enhanced by this experience. In addition to meeting program requirements, intensive courses allow you to engage with Liberty University faculty and staff, explore our expanding 7,000-acre campus, and build relationships with your classmates.

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 either student teaching or internship during the final semester.

Gates

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.

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.

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.

Internship

The internship (200 hours) requires a full semester (16 weeks) commitment in the last semester of the degree program. It is the culmination of all coursework and pre-professional experience. All Teacher Competency Assessments must be met during the internship placement. Therefore, it is important to prepare thoroughly and decrease outside responsibilities during this semester.

Advanced Competency Assessment (ACA)

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.