Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

School of Education

Administration


Heather Schoffstall, B.S, M.S., Ed.D.
Dean, School of Education
Associate Professor of Education

Karen Parker, B.A., M.S., Ed.D.
Dean Emeritus, School of Education 
Professor of Education

Michael Shenkle B.S., M.B.A., Ed.D.
Associate Dean
Instructor of Education

Kevin D. Struble, B.S., M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Associate Dean
Assistant Professor of Education

Michelle Goodwin, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Senior Assistant Dean, Teacher Education/Licensure
Professor of Education

Deanna L. Keith, B.A., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Online/Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Education


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


FACULTY
All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=28 where faculty can be searched for by Department.


PURPOSE
The School of Education (SOE) is committed to providing the highest quality Christian education based on the principles of God’s Word. Our school, by virtue of its commitment to strengthening the mind, body and soul, educates the whole person as God created us. The school offers programs to prepare graduate students for careers in teaching, school administration, and more.

Excellent teachers and school leaders are an invaluable asset to the home, church, community, and nation. The Licensure Programs at Liberty are designed to provide programs of study and pre-service experiences that will foster excellence and stimulate improvements in teaching amd leadership practices in Christian, public, and private schools. The programs are designed for teacher candidates and school leaders who are preparing to work in  kindergarten, elementary, and middle school, as well as high school and college settings. Those wishing to pursue careers in middle school, or high school teaching may do so in the following areas: biology, business, computer science, English, family and consumer sciences, history/social sciences, and mathematics. Comprehensive licensure may be completed in the following areas: music (vocal or instrumental), health/physical education, Spanish, special education, and teaching English as a second language.

As a condition of Liberty’s Certificate of Approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the following disclaimer pertains to Liberty’s online programs in Teacher Education:

Teacher Education: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu

The following disclaimer pertains to Liberty’s online programs in Education Licensure/Certification programs from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education:

Please be advised that our educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.


Department of Graduate Education

Russell Claxton, B.S., M.Ed. Ed.S, ED.D
Chair - Leadership/Advanced Programs
Associate Professor of Education


Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program is designed for the purpose of initial teacher licensure. 

PURPOSE
Liberty University strives to produce educators who model high academic, moral, and spiritual standards before their peers, and who have dedicated their lives to educational leadership. Concurrent with this goal, the graduate programs offered by the School of Education are designed to prepare candidates for effective educational leadership in Christian, public, and private schools.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Initial Licensure Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  1. Knows Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with  academic knowledge
  1. Demonstrates a broad base of professional and general knowledge.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of content in the endorsement area.
  1. Implements skills as a gift from God, because teaching is a calling from God
  1. Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective classroom communication, peer leadership, and professional involvement.
  2. Designs and selects a variety of instructional strategies based on the developmental levels and individual needs of the learner.
  3. Applies knowledge of content areas and curriculum goals to design and supervise appropriate instruction.
  4. Enhances the success of all diverse learners, providing for special needs and diverse backgrounds.
  5. Manages classroom climate and procedures to motivate students and maximize learning.
  6. Integrates a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
  7. Integrates appropriate technology and resources to support instruction and to facilitate professional development opportunities.
  8. Provides evidence of student learning at the grade level and content appropriate for the endorsement.
  1. Believes and practices personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
  1. Models personal integrity and sensitivity to human needs.
  2. Demonstrates behaviors of a reflective practitioner and seeks opportunities for collaboration and professional development.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Programs that Lead to Initial Licensure

In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program are:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the candidate has at least a 2.50). Candidates admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for candidates who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to 18 hours may be transferred into the M.A.T. programs. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous 10 years.

Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.A.T. candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours for the M.A.T.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-). Students with more than two grades of C+/C/C- (or lower) will be dismissed from the program or required to switch to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning. While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, course credit toward degree completion will not be granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  4. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  5. Additional requirements may be necessary depending upon the student’s academic background. All contracts made between the SOE Program Director and the student upon acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
  6. Three courses (9 semester hours) must be completed on campus for the M.A.T. One course must be completed in residency within the first year.
  7. The M.A.T. must be completed within five years.
  8. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

LICENSURE GUIDELINES
The Educator Preparation Program is designed to meet licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the candidate’s approved specialization.  In addition, candidates who complete the Educator Preparation Program are eligible for the Association of Christian Schools International certificate. 

The Educator Preparation Program has been officially approved by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Approved programs include all initial licensure M.A.T. programs in Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education. Candidates entering the M.A.T. program must indicate their intention to pursue Virginia licensure when they apply for candidacy in the graduate program. Each concentration has licensure requirements beyond the master’s degree. Upon completion of all requirements, the candidate must submit the licensure application and fee to Liberty’s Teacher Licensure Office. Liberty’s Coordinator of Teacher Licensure Records will submit the candidate’s application packet to the Virginia Department of Education.

Graduates who have successfully completed Liberty’s Educator Preparation Program are eligible for a standard Collegiate Professional License from the Virginia Department of Education.  Though candidates must pass a background check for entrance into the Liberty University School of Education EPP (Educator Preparation Program), the VDOE (Virginia Department of Education) also makes determinations concerning the eligibility of candidates.

Please see the VDOE website to see the list of questions that will be asked of each applicant.

The Liberty University School of Education utilizes a gate system to ensure the successful progression of its candidates through the EPP (Education Preparation Provider) program.  The following gates are described below:

Gate 1:  Admission to the University
Gate 2:  Admission to the EPP (Education Preparation Provider) program
Gate 3:  Application for student teaching or internship
Gate 4:  Application for degree completion and licensure paperwork

Please visit www.liberty.edu/advisingguide for specific requirements at each gate.

Initial Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education
The candidate must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts area (or equivalent) from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Secondary licensure requires a major (or equivalent) in the endorsement area and the successful completion of the Praxis Subject Assessment content exam for the area of endorsement;
  2. Successfully complete Liberty’s M.A.T. in Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, or Special Education;
  3. Obtain passing scores on all tests required for Virginia licensure; and
  4. Complete a student teaching experience in the endorsement area or submit documentation of one year of successful full-time teaching experience in the endorsement area in any accredited public or nonpublic K-12 school.

Time Limit for School Licensure

  1. Candidates must have completed all requirements necessary for school licensure within 5 years after completion of the graduate degree;
  2. Candidates who have completed Liberty’s M.A.T. and wish to return to Liberty University to complete the student teaching or internship required for licensure will be subject to the same five-year timeframe; and
  3. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis according to transcripts, program changes, time elapsed from completion of coursework, and recent experiences in the field of education.

Licensure in Other States
Candidates who have completed Liberty’s M.A.T. may be eligible for licensure in other states by interstate agreement. Verification that the candidate has completed a state-approved program may be required for reciprocity with other states; therefore, it may be necessary for the candidate to complete the additional requirements listed above for Virginia licensure in order to qualify for reciprocity. Liberty’s Teacher Licensure Office has addresses for the licensing agencies in other states and will assist in completing the appropriate forms. Some states require a state-specific course or test but will grant a provisional license so that the applicant can be employed while completing the additional requirements. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate forms from other states to submit to LU’s Licensure Office.

For further licensure information, contact the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure Records (phone 1-800-522-6255, extension 2632 or (434) 582-2632; e-mail: gate4@liberty.edu; fax (434) 582-2468).

SCHEDULING RESIDENTIAL COURSES
Residential graduate classes are scheduled as one or two-week intensives during the summer, and in December and January. Weekend classes may be offered during fall and spring. Pre-class and post-class assignments are required for all intensive courses.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Cognates

  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
Course Requirements Semester
Hours
Core Courses 12
Cognate Courses 12
Professional Courses   12*
PROGRAM TOTAL  36*

*Additional hours may be required for Virginia Licensure
1 30 hours for the MAT in Secondary Education 5th year option


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) - Elementary Education
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) - Middle Grades Education
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) - Secondary Education
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) - Special Education


Note: Candidates seeking licensure as secondary teachers should have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major in the intended endorsement area, or a degree in a related field with courses similar to that required for a bachelor’s degree in the field of study. Any deficiencies in course requirements must be addressed prior to student teaching. [See Content Competencies for subject area. In addition, candidates must successfully complete the appropriate Subject Assessment content exam in the area of endorsement prior to student teaching.

Candidates seeking licensure at the middle school level should have completed a bachelor’s degree with a strong background in one or more of the following four subject areas: English, History/Social Science, Mathematics, or Science. Any deficiencies in course requirements must be addressed prior to student teaching. [See Content Competencies for elementary/middle education.] In addition, candidates must successfully complete the appropriate Praxis II middle school content exam in the area(s) of endorsement prior to student teaching.  


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

PURPOSE
Liberty University strives to produce educators and school leaders who model high academic, moral, and spiritual standards before their peers, and who have dedicated their lives to educational leadership. Concurrent with this goal, the graduate programs offered by the School of Education are designed to prepare candidates for effective leadership in Christian, public, and private schools.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Master of Education program:

  1. Knows Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with  academic knowledge
  1. Demonstrates a broad base of professional and general knowledge.
  2. Conceptualizes a broad spectrum of educational precepts, generalizations, practices, dispositions, points of view, and resources.
  1. Implements skills as a gift from God, because teaching/leadership is a calling from God
  1. Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective classroom communication, peer leadership, and professional involvement.
  2. Designs and selects a variety of instructional strategies based on the developmental levels and individual needs of the learner.
  3. Applies knowledge of content areas and curriculum goals to design and supervise appropriate instruction.
  4. Manages classroom climate and procedures to motivate students and maximize learning.
  5. Integrates a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
  6. Integrates appropriate technology and resources to support instruction and to facilitate professional development opportunities.
  7. Demonstrates competence as a consumer of research findings and other information technology resources.
  8. Demonstrates skill in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
  1. Believes and practices personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
  1. Models personal integrity and sensitivity to human needs.
  2. Enhances the success of all diverse learners, providing for special needs and diverse backgrounds.
  3. Demonstrates behaviors of a reflective practitioner and seeks opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
  4. Exerts confident leadership as well as accepts responsibility in the broad field of education.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
M.Ed. in Administration/Supervision, Math Specialist Endorsement, and Reading Specialist Endorsement

Required for Programs that Lead to Licensure:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the candidate has at least a 2.50). Candidates admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for candidates who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

The following programs do not lead to licensure:
M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning Cognates
:

Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology and Online Instruction, Elementary Education, English, General Education, Gifted Education, History, Leadership, Middle Grades, Special Education, and Student Services.

Required for programs that do not lead to licensure:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the candidate has at least a 2.00).  Candidates admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for candidates who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to 18 hours may be transferred into the M.Ed.  programs.  It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous 10 years.

Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.Ed. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours for M.Ed.;
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Candidates in the licensure programs must maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ & C-). For candidates in licensure programs, more than two C grades of C+/C/C- (or lower) may result in removal from the program or a requirement to switch to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning.  Candidates in the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning must maintain a 2.50 GPA to remain in the program with no more than two C’s permitted (includes grades of C+ and C-). For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  4. Additional requirements may be necessary depending upon the candidate’s academic background. All contracts made between the Program Director and the candidate upon acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
  5. Three courses (9 semester hours) must be completed on campus for the M.Ed. programs in Administration/Supervision and Program Specialist programs.  One course must be completed in residency within the first year. Thirty hours of coursework must be taken through Liberty.
  6. Three courses (9 semester hours) must be completed on campus for the M.Ed. programs in Administration/Supervision, Math Specialist Endorsement, and Reading Specialist Endorsement. One course must be completed in residency within the first year. Twenty-four hours of coursework must be taken through Liberty.
  7. No residence courses are required for the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning.
  8. The M.Ed. must be completed within five years.
  9. All Online candidates admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a candidate's anticipated graduation date.

LICENSURE GUIDELINES
The Licensure Programs are designed to meet requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the candidate’s approved specialization. In addition, candidates who complete the Educator Preparation Program may be eligible for the Association of Christian Schools International certificate.  The Educator Preparation Program has been officially approved by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Approved programs for licensure for support personnel may be earned in the program through Administration/Supervision, Math Specialist Endorsement, and Reading Specialist Endorsement. Candidates entering the Master of Education program must indicate their intention to pursue Virginia licensure when they apply for candidacy in the graduate program. Each concentration has licensure requirements beyond the master’s degree. Upon completion of all requirements, the candidate must submit the licensure application and fee to Liberty’s School of Education Licensure Office. Liberty’s Coordinator of Licensure Records will submit the candidate’s application packet to the Virginia Department of Education. Graduates who have successfully completed Liberty’s Educator Preparation Program are eligible for a standard Collegiate Professional License from the Virginia Department of Education.  Though candidates must pass a background check for entrance into the Liberty University School of Education EPP (Educator Preparation Program), the VDOE (Virginia Department of Education) also makes determinations concerning the eligibility of candidates.

The Liberty University School of Education utilizes a gate system to ensure the successful progression of its candidates through the EPP (Education Preparation Provider) program.  The following gates are described below:

Gate 1:  Admission to the University
Gate 2:  Admission to the EPP (Education Preparation Provider) program
Gate 3:  Application for student teaching or internship
Gate 4:  Application for degree completion and licensure paperwork

Please visit www.liberty.edu/advisingguide for specific requirements at each gate.

Note:  The M.Ed. program in Teaching and Learning is not a licensure program.  It is meant for individuals who are already licensed, or for those who are not pursuing licensure.

Please see the VDOE website to see the list of questions that will be asked of each applicant.

Administration and Supervision
The candidate must:

  1. Complete three years of successful full-time experience as a classroom teacher in an accredited nonpublic or public school. (Work experience form required.);
  2. Successfully complete Liberty’s M.Ed. in Administration /Supervision;
  3. Complete an internship as a school principal or submit documentation of one year of successful full-time experience as a principal or assistant principal in an accredited public or nonpublic school; and
  4. Obtain a passing score on all tests required for Virginia licensure.

Math Specialist Endorsement or Reading Specialist Endorsement
The student must:

  1. Complete three years of successful classroom teaching in which the teaching in the specialty area was/is an important responsibility. (Work experience form required.); and
  2. Successfully complete Liberty’s M.Ed. in Reading Specialist Endorsement or Math Specialist Endorsement, which includes an internship.

Obtain passing scores on all tests required for Virginia licensure.

Time Limit for School Licensure

  1. Candidates must have completed all requirements necessary for school licensure within 5 years after completion of the graduate degree;
  2. Candidates who have completed Liberty’s M.Ed. and wish to return to Liberty University to complete the student teaching or internship required for licensure will be subject to the same five-year timeframe; and
  3. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis according to transcripts, program changes, time elapsed from completion of coursework, and recent experiences in the field of education.

Licensure in Other States
Candidates who have completed Liberty’s M.Ed. may be eligible for licensure in other states by interstate agreement. Verification that the candidate has completed a state-approved program may be required for reciprocity with other states; therefore, it may be necessary for the candidate to complete the additional requirements listed above for Virginia licensure in order to qualify for reciprocity. Liberty’s School of Education Licensure Office has addresses for the licensing agencies in other states and will assist in completing the appropriate forms. Some states require a state-specific course or test but will grant a provisional license so that the applicant can be employed while completing the additional requirements. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate forms from other states to submit to Liberty University’s Licensure Office.

For further licensure information, contact the Coordinator of Teacher Licensure Records (phone 1-800-522-6255, extension 2632 or (434) 582-2632; e-mail: gate4@liberty.edu; fax (434) 582-2468).

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

  • Administration/Supervision Cognate
  • Math Specialist Endorsement Cognate
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement Cognate
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  
  Semester Hours
Core Courses 15
Concentration/Cognate Courses 12
Professional Courses    9*
PROGRAM TOTAL 36*
*Additional hours may be required for Virginia Licensure
 

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Administration & Supervision
Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Math Specialist Endorsement
Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Reading Specialist Endorsement


Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Teaching and Learning Cognates
(Non-Licensure)
:

  • Early Childhood Education*
  • Educational Law – Open to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law students and Liberty University School of Law alumni only.  Please see the School of Law Dual Degree section of this Catalog.
  • Educational Technology and Online Instruction
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • General Education
  • Gifted Education*
  • History
  • Leadership
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Special Education
  • Student Services

* Candidates who complete the Early Childhood Education or Gifted Education program may be eligible for the add-on endorsement.  This means that the graduate already possesses a standard state teaching license and the endorsement is added to the initial teaching license.


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans (Non-Licensure)

Delivery Format: Online Only
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - Early Childhood Ed. (add-on endorsement)
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - Educational Technology & Online Instruction
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - Elementary Education
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - English
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - General Education
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - Gifted Education (add-on endorsement)
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - History
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - Leadership
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - Middle Grades (add-on endorsement)
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - Special Education
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning (M.Ed.) - Student Services


Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

PURPOSE
The Education Specialist degrees with areas of study in Educational Law, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction are designed to prepare competent effective leaders with a biblical worldview who will model high standards and assume a leadership role in the field of education. Leaders in the field of education are seen as those who assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an education system whether it is as a teacher, superintendent, principal, curriculum director, instructional supervisor, college instructor, or university administrator.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program:

  1. Knows research competencies synthesized with Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications.
    • Makes broad distinctions between research philosophies and approaches.
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the practices that inform site-based research by interpreting and designing research.
    • Interprets how practitioners carry out inquiry and the issues faced, and can make inferences about research implications.
  2. Implements leadership, teaching and learning competencies as a gift from God because teaching /learning is a calling from God because teaching/learning is a calling from God
    • Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective communication in educational settings.
    • Models citizenship through moral leadership and sensitivity to human needs.
    • Collaborates with various educational stakeholders in a variety of settings.
    • Selects appropriate technology and resources to support educational goals.
    • Utilizes highly effective educational strategies based on individual needs. Uses a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
  3. Believes foundation competencies consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
    • Upholds high standards of competence and integrity, exercises sound judgment in the practice of the profession, and participates in activities of professional organizations relevant to their field.

REQUIREMENTS
Ed.S. candidates have the option of completing cognates in the areas of Educational Leadership, Educational Law* or Curriculum and Instruction.  General requirements are as follows:

  Semester Hours
Foundation of Education Core 9
Research and Evaluation Core1 6
Cognate Courses 15
 PROGRAM TOTAL 30
Note:1 A prerequisite graduate educational research course equivalent to EDUC 518 is required if not completed previously.

*The Educational Law Cognate is open to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law students and Liberty University School of Law alumni only.  Please see the School of Law Dual Degree section of this Catalog for more information.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the Ed.S. are listed below. The following items must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at www.luonline.com.

  1. Contact Information for a Recommendation for Graduate Program.  This should be the one individual best qualified to answer questions concerning the applicant’s professional, technical, and personal qualifications for graduate studies in education.
  2. Academic Records.  Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from all schools previously attended.
  • A master’s degree in education (or a related area) is required before enrolling in 700 or higher level coursework.
  • Ed.S. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above on graduate degree required for entrance to the program.
  1. Professional Vita.  Include degrees earned, educational experience, and career goals.
  2. TOEFL Scores for candidates who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to six hours may be transferred into the Ed.S. program. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous 10 years.  Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, Ed.S. graduates must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the Master’s degree.
  2. Complete a minimum of 24 semester hours through Liberty, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no more than one C permitted in program courses (includes grades of C+ & C-). Candidates earning more than one grade of C+/C/C- or lower may be removed from the program. While all course grades are averaged in the GPA, course credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Certain additional requirements may be necessary depending upon the candidate’s academic background. Any and all contracts made between the SOE Graduate Committee and the candidate at the time of acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
  7. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

There are no on-campus residency requirements for the Ed.S. degree. However, candidates interested in pursuing the Ed.D. degree after completion of the Ed.S. should complete the residence course options, where available (EDUC 741 and 730 for the Teaching and Learning concentration and EDUC 741 and 747 for the Educational Leadership concentration).  For candidates who choose the residence course options, EDUC 741 must be completed within the first year in the program with a minimum grade of “B”.

Note: For candidates who plan to continue with the Ed.D. program beyond the Ed.S. Although one C is permitted toward completion of the Ed.S. program, Grades lower than B will not count toward completion of the Ed.D.

TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
The time limit for completing the degree from the date of admission to the program is five years. Only in unusual circumstances may the candidate be granted an extension. Granting of an extension of time will usually result in additional requirements.

Any candidate who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit for any reason, including discontinued enrollment, must reapply for admission. A candidate may reapply only once, and will be subject to the current standards and curriculum if readmitted. The SOE Graduate Committee will determine if any precious courses are sufficiently time sensitive and must be repeated. Beginning with the date of readmission, the candidate’s time limit for degree completion is determined by the number of hours remaining.


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) - Curriculum & Instruction
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) - Curriculum & Instruction: Elementary Education
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) - Curriculum & Instruction: Middle Grades Education
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) - Curriculum & Instruction: Secondary Education
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) - Curriculum & Instruction: Special Education
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) - Educational Leadership

DUAL DEGREE – EDUCATION LAW COGNATE
To view the degree completion plan for the Education Specialist - Educational Law Cognate Dual Degree Program (15 hrs) (Ed.S.), please see the School of Law section in this catalog.


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

PURPOSE
The Doctor of Education degrees with concentrations in Educational Law*, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction are designed to prepare competent effective leaders with a biblical world view who will model high standards and assume a leadership role in the field of education. Leaders in the field of education are seen as those who assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of an education system whether it be as a superintendent, principal, curriculum director, instructional supervisor, college instructor, teacher, or university administrator.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program:

  1. Knows research competencies synthesized with Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications.
  1. Makes broad distinctions between research philosophies and approaches.
  2. Demonstrates an understanding of the practices that inform site-based research by interpreting and designing research.
  3. Interprets how practitioners carry out inquiry and the issues faced, and can make inferences about research implications.
  1. Implements leadership, teaching and learning competencies as a gift from God because teaching /learning is a calling from God
  1. Integrates skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective communication in educational settings.
  2. Models citizenship through moral leadership and sensitivity to human needs.
  3. Collaborates with various educational stakeholders in a variety of settings.
  4. Selects appropriate technology and resources to support educational goals.
  5. Utilizes highly effective educational strategies based on individual needs.
  6. Uses a variety of assessment strategies to improve student learning.
  1. Believes foundation competencies consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
  1. Upholds high standards of competence and integrity, exercises sound judgment in the practice of the profession, and participates in activities of professional organizations relevant to their field.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Ed.D. candidates have the option of completing concentrations in the areas of Educational Law*, Educational Leadership or Curriculum and Instruction.  General requirements are as follows:

  Semester Hours
Leadership Core 12
Research and Evaluation Core1 12
Concentration Area 24
Dissertation 12
PROGRAM TOTAL 60
1 Note: A prerequisite graduate educational research course equivalent to EDUC 518 is required if not completed previously.


*The Educational Law Concentration is open to currently enrolled Liberty University School of Law students and Liberty University School of Law alumni only.  Please see the School of Law Dual Degree section of this Catalog for more information.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures for the Ed.D. are listed below. Submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at: http://www.liberty.edu/apply.

  1. Academic Records.  Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from all schools previously attended.
  2. Ed.D. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above on graduate degree required for entrance to the program.
  3. Professional Vita.  Include degrees earned, educational experience, and career goals.
  4. TOEFL Scores for candidates who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)
  5. Contact information for two recommendations may be requested as an additional requirement on a case-by-case basis.  When these are required, the two individuals should be qualified to answer questions concerning the applicant’s professional, technical, and personal qualifications for graduate studies in education.
  6. Applicants must submit a 1000-to-1500-word Statement of Purpose that answers the following questions:
    1. How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies at Liberty University?
    2. What is your goal with regard to pursuing doctoral education at Liberty University?
    3. Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to six hours may be transferred into the Ed.S. program and up to 15 semester hours may be transferred into the Ed.D. program. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous seven (7) years to be eligible for transfer to the Ed.D. Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level.

Applicants who have previously completed an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) or equivalent degree from an institution or school accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered for advanced standing in the Ed.D. program.  This may include credit for up to 24 hours of actual coursework toward satisfaction of Ed.D. requirements.  Where previous courses from an Ed.S. degree are appropriate, this entails credit for up to half of the actual courses required for the Ed.D.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University catalog, Ed.D. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the master’s degree for Ed.D. (including dissertation).
  2. A minimum of 45 semester hours of coursework must be taken through Liberty.
  3. Applicants who have previously completed an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) or equivalent degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered for advanced standing (up to 24 hours) in the Ed.D. program.
  4. Maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no grade lower than B (includes grades of B+ & B-). Students earning a letter grade lower than B+/B/B- (or two NP grades) may be removed from the program or required to shift to an EdS program. While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, course credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of C, D or F (includes +/- grades).
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Satisfy all contracts made between the SOE Graduate Committee and the student upon acceptance into the degree program must be satisfied before the degree will be awarded.
  7. Complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in residency; EDUC 741 must be completed in residency within the first year in the program with a minimum grade of “B”. Ed.D. candidates must pass an on-campus comprehensive examination upon completion of the course requirements for the program of study.
  8. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM
A comprehensive examination must be successfully completed prior to submission of the dissertation proposal. The exam process is taken with EDUC 919, the final residential course. Candidates may have no more than two attempts at passing the comprehensive exam.

DISSERTATION
Candidates (doctoral candidates) are allowed to register for EDUC 989 (Dissertation Proposal and Research) up to three times before successful completion of an approved dissertation proposal.  In addition, candidates have a limit of a total of nine times registering for EDUC 989. Exceeding either of these limits will result in removal from the Ed.D. program.

Before beginning the dissertation research, the doctoral dissertation committee must approve the research proposal. The dissertation is expected to exhibit scholarship, reflect mastery of technique, and make a distinctive contribution to the field of knowledge in which the candidate has specialized. A faculty committee of at least three (3) members, comprising a chair and at least two (2) other approved members is responsible for the general supervision of the doctoral dissertation.  A formal defense of the dissertation is required for final approval.

Once candidates enter the dissertation phase of their degree (beginning with EDUC 980: Dissertation Prospectus), they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete all degree requirements. If they do not, they will break enrollment, and they will be required to apply for readmission if/when they wish to resume the pursuit of their degree. They will have to complete their degree under the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of their readmission.

TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
The time limit for completing the degree from the date of admission to the program is seven years for the Ed.D. Only in unusual circumstances may the candidate be granted an extension. Granting of an extension of time will usually result in additional requirements.

There will be a time limit of five years for completion of the Ed.D. for candidates who were granted 18 hours or more of advanced standing from a previously completed Ed.S. or equivalent degree.

Any candidate who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit, for any reason including discontinued enrollment, must reapply for admission. A candidate may reapply only once, and will be subject to the current standards and curriculum. The SOE Graduate Committee will determine if any previous courses are sufficiently time sensitive and must be repeated. Beginning with the date of readmission, the candidate’s time limit for degree completion is determined by the number of hours remaining. 

SCHEDULING RESIDENTIAL COURSES
Residential graduate classes are scheduled as one week intensives during the summer, in December and January and weekend classes in fall and spring. Pre-class and post-class assignments are required for intensive courses and for many of the weekend courses.  Required residential classes include EDUC 741, 730 and 919 for the Ed.D. with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, and EDUC 741, 747, and 919 for the Ed.D. with a concentration in Educational Leadership. EDUC 919 must be taken as the final residential course (along with EDUC 970).


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Curriculum & Instruction
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Curriculum & Instruction: Elementary Education
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Curriculum & Instruction: Middle Grades Education
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Curriculum & Instruction: Secondary Education
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Curriculum & Instruction: Special Education
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Educational Leadership

DUAL DEGREE – EDUCATION LAW CONCENTRATION
To view the degree completion plan for the Doctor of Education - Educational Law Concentration Dual Degree Program (24 hrs) (Ed.D.), please see the School of Law section in this catalog.


Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.) – Available Spring 2018

PURPOSE
The Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration degree is designed to prepare competent researchers and effective leaders with a biblical worldview who will model high standards and assume a leadership role within the context of Higher Education. Researchers and leaders in the field of higher education are seen as those who assume a role in shaping the future direction of the policies, goals, and objectives of an education system whether it be in the college and university, business, or government setting.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
A graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.) program:

  1. Knows research competencies synthesized with Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications.
  1. Evaluate elements of the historical and philosophical influences pertaining to governance, administration, and leadership in institutions of higher education.
  1. Implements leadership, teaching and learning competencies as a gift from God because teaching /learning is a calling from God
  1. Synthesize organizational theories and models to create and lead effective higher education organizations.
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills necessary for advanced career positions in higher education.
  3. Evaluate, interpret and synthesize research in higher education.
  4. Construct original research that contributes meaningfully to the existing body of knowledge.
  1. Believes foundation competencies consistent with our mission to prepare competent professionals with a biblical worldview for Christian, public, and private schools
  1. Defend a biblical worldview throughout analysis of literature, readings and research in higher education.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures for the Ph.D. are listed below. Submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at: http://www.liberty.edu/apply.

  1. Academic Records.  Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from all schools previously attended.
  2. Ph.D. applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above on graduate degree required for entrance to the program.
  3. Applicants must submit a 1000-to-1500-word Statement of Purpose that answers the following questions:
    1. How has your previous education and/or work experience prepared you for doctoral studies at Liberty University?
    2. What is your goal with regard to pursuing doctoral education at Liberty University?
    3. Please describe the character and values you possess that will help you succeed in your desired field.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to 15 hours may be transferred into the Ph.D. program. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous seven (7) years to be eligible for transfer to the Ph.D. Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University catalog, Ph.D. students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 hours.
  2. A minimum of 45 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Maintain a 3.00 GPA.
  5. No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Successful defense of dissertation.
  8. Degree must be completed within 7 years.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

DISSERTATION
Candidates (doctoral candidates) are allowed to register for EDUC 989 (Dissertation Proposal and Research) up to three times before successful completion of an approved dissertation proposal. In addition, candidates have a limit of a total of nine times registering for EDUC 989. Exceeding either of these limits will result in removal from the Ph.D. program.

Before beginning the dissertation research, the doctoral dissertation committee must approve the research proposal. The dissertation is expected to exhibit scholarship, reflect mastery of technique, and make a distinctive contribution to the field of knowledge in which the candidate has specialized. A faculty committee of at least two (2) members, comprising a chair and a methodologist, and an optional additional approved committee member, is responsible for the general supervision of the doctoral dissertation. A formal defense of the dissertation is required for final approval.

Once candidates enter the dissertation phase of their degree (beginning with EDUC 980: Dissertation Prospectus), they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until they complete all degree requirements. If they do not, they will break enrollment, and they will be required to apply for readmission if/when they wish to resume the pursuit of their degree. They will have to complete their degree under the Degree Completion Plan (DCP) in effect at the time of their readmission.

TIME LIMITS FOR DEGREE COMPLETION
The time limit for completing the degree from the date of admission to the program is seven years for the Ph.D. Only in unusual circumstances may the candidate be granted an extension. Granting of an extension of time will usually result in additional requirements.

There will be a time limit of five years for completion of the Ph.D. for candidates who were granted 18 hours or more of advanced standing from a previously completed Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Any candidate who does not complete coursework within the permissible time limit, for any reason including discontinued enrollment, must reapply for admission. A candidate may reapply only once, and will be subject to the current standards and curriculum. The SOE Graduate Committee will determine if any previous courses are sufficiently time sensitive and must be repeated. Beginning with the date of readmission, the candidate’s time limit for degree completion is determined by the number of hours remaining.


Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.) - Educational Leadership


Department of Sport Management

Laura M. Hatfield, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Sport Management Chair
Associate Professor of Sport Management

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
In 2015, the Master of Science in Sport Management was awarded accreditation by the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), the national governing body for sport management.


Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Science degree is designed to prepare competent and effective leaders with a biblical worldview who will model high standards and assume a leadership role in the sport industry. Leaders in the field of sport management are seen as those who assume a facilitating role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of a business based administrative position in sport.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Incorporate moral leadership and ethical decision-making within the sport management workplace in the context of a Christian worldview.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in evaluating economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts on sport management issues.
  3. Integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills necessary for advanced career positions in sport management.
  4. Demonstrate research skills in the area of sport management.
  5. Demonstrate professional communication skills in written, oral, and technological venues.

Information pertaining to student learning and achievement in the sport management programs accredited by COSMA can be obtained by visiting the Department of Sport Management website at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/education/sport/index.cfm?PID=69 or by contacting the Chair of the Department of Sport Management at sportmanagement@liberty.edu.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the M.S. in Sport Management are listed below. The following items must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to registering for any graduate courses. Where noted, forms are available online at http://www.luonline.com.

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the student has at least a 2.50).  Students admitted on Academic Caution must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 18 credit hours. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous 10 years.

Credit for life experience and for correspondence courses will not be awarded at the graduate level. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation, as stated in the Liberty University Catalog, M.S. candidates:

  1. Complete 36 semester hours for the M.S. in Sport Management.
  2. A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. A comprehensive exam is required at the conclusion of all Sport Management core courses and before enrolling in the culminating activity. The comprehensive exam will be made available after 21 hours have been completed. Comprehensive examinations are administered online in the fall, spring, and summer.
  4. Registration for SMGT 689 or 699 is available after the successful completion of 21 hours, successfully passing the comprehensive exam, and with permission of the Graduate Director.
  5. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain in the program, with no more than two Cs permitted (in includes grades of C+ & C-). While all course grades are averaged into the GPA, course credit toward degree completion is not granted for a grade of D (or D+/D-) or F.
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  8. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - Coaching & Athletic Administration (Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - Coaching & Athletic Administration (Thesis)

Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - General (Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - Outdoor Adventure Sport (Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - Outdoor Adventure Sport (Thesis)
Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - Sport Administration (Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - Sport Administration (Thesis)
Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - Tourism (Non-Thesis)
Master of Science in Sport Management (M.S.) - Tourism (Thesis)


DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
The Degree Completion Plans for the graduate programs in the School of Education are available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


School of Education - Graduate Certificates

The School of Education offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. A minimum of 9 total hours (the Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education requires 12 hours).
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University.
  3. 2.00 GPA
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  7. Submission of Certificate Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.


Graduate Certificates

Delivery Format: Online Only
Autism Education
Educational Technology & Online Instruction
Gifted Education
Middle Grades
Outdoor Adventure Sport
Preschool
School Leadership
Sport Management


CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=2981.



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