Associate's Degree In Education

Associate of Arts in Education (Non-licensure)

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What You Will Learn

Enter the rewarding world of education and reach the youngest, best, and brightest hope for our future with an online associate degree in education from Liberty University. Watch the spark of understanding in a young child’s eyes. Learn to guide them and teach them how to learn independently of their teacher. At Liberty University, we are committed to providing the highest quality education based on the principles of God’s Word. Whether you want to teach your children at home, pursue a formal degree, or take your first steps toward state licensure as a teacher, Liberty’s Associate of Arts (AA) in Education can help you reach your goals.

Because Liberty’s AA in Education is available 100% online, you can continue investing in the people and things that are important to you while you study how students learn best, explore the latest teaching technologies, and develop practical teaching skills. And through it all, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art digital resources through Liberty’s online curriculum library.

As a fully accredited Christian college, Liberty University offers you education training that is both academically challenging and rooted in a biblical worldview. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, and one important way we do that is by educating those who educate others — so you can impact the next generation for Christ. All of Liberty’s online AA in Education courses are taught from a Christian perspective in a state-of-the-art online learning environment so you can confidently gain the skills and education expertise you need to feel equipped to teach.

Liberty University has been paving the way in distance education since the mid-1980s — you’ll benefit from our 30+ years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner and more than a decade of researching the needs of the online student. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you. And, ranked in the top five out of 2,100 online schools and universities for academic excellence, affordability, and accessibility, Liberty has proven to have the resources, reputation, and academic excellence it takes to give you a flexible and affordable teacher training education.

  • Study the foundational learning theory that explains how students can learn better.
  • Explore exciting instructional technologies that will help you create a fun and effective classroom.
  • Develop practical in-demand teaching skills for classroom management and helping students conquer their learning challenges.

Liberty’s Education Associate online degree will give you a broad understanding of education and general education competencies while providing you with a marketable credential to use as you continue on to a bachelor’s degree. The online Bachelor’s in Education degree focuses on specific age groups and expands on advanced learning concepts to prepare you for a full-time teaching role and set the stage for you to pursue state licensure requirements through a Master of Arts in Teaching. 

You may also be interested in exploring our associate degree in Early Childhood Education or our bachelor degree in Education.

  • Homeschool Teacher
  • Private School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • You will be earning your education degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, so you can be confident that your degree will be well respected in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • Among schools with education programs, Liberty was ranked fifth overall by
  • You can complete our Education Associate’s degree online in as little as two years.

Service is important to us, so whether you’re currently serving in the Armed Forces, have served, or are married to someone who serves, we’re here to serve you. Liberty’s military benefits are available to:

  • Active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/retirees
  • Spouses of service members and veterans/retirees
  • Current Department of Defense employees

We are proud to support you in your pursuit of a flexible and affordable online education degree by offering you the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $250 for undergraduate (per credit hour)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $565 per course).
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.
  • College credit for military training.



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Years (Avg.)

Class Type

100% Online, 8 Week Courses

Transfer Credits

Up to 75% can be transferred to Liberty

Next Start Date

Mar 18, 2019


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– Eric Feldhausen, M.Div. Christian Apologetics, current student

“I started with Liberty Online while stationed in Korea, and after three PCS moves, along with a military retirement, I finished the degree I started. Liberty University has been an amazing blessing, and the Military Affairs Team was with me every step of the way. The Academic Advising Team is always available to assist — just call. You will not find a better, more caring group of professors and instructors than those at Liberty.”

– Katrina M. Johnson, B.S. in Religion: Biblical and Theological Studies, 2018 graduate

“Being a police officer coming into an educational world, I had expectations of failure. I attended my first intensive and my expectations changed overnight. My professor made me feel like I really belonged in education.”

– Kelly Hoyle, Ed.D., 2018 graduate

“I hit a huge roadblock in getting my FAA pilot ratings and was just not motivated to finish. I texted my professor, and he did not hesitate to call me on his time and listen to me. He had nothing but encouraging things to say and ended our conversation with a prayer. He is one of the biggest reasons, along with the other professors I had, that I am very thankful and honored to have attended Liberty University.”

– Michael S. Morgan, B.S. in Aeronautics, 2018 graduate

“I am an older student, and I chose Liberty University online after much deliberation. I knew nothing about Student Loans for Education (FAFSA, etc.) or about signing up for classes online, or getting the books I needed, etc. Several individuals at Liberty were insanely wonderful and made everything a cinch! They all are a class act, and I am blessed to have made contact with them. I am so enthused with Liberty University! Truly, this experience is the best. Thank you and blessings to all those who work to make Liberty what it is today!”

– Bill B. Zilar, B.S. in Information Technology: Data Networking and Security, current student

“I fully believe that I have made life-long friends in my classmates, teachers, and staff, and have also built up one of the largest networks of expert professionals I will ever have the pleasure of knowing.”

– Rachael Chastain, M.A. Applied Psychology, 2018 graduate


Experience that Matters to You

As a fully accredited Christian college with a 7,000+-acre campus in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty University offers you an education that is both academically challenging and rooted in a biblical worldview.

At Liberty, you’ll benefit from 30+ years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner — and more than a decade of researching the needs of the online student. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you.

And what’s that?

  • Affordability
  • Accessibility
  • Academic Quality

These important factors challenged us to find new financial solutions, get ahead of industry trends, and blaze trails into cutting-edge career fields — and it’s paid off. That’s the difference experience makes.

Gold Medal School of Distinction Liberty University

We’re now ranked in the top 1% of online schools and universities for affordability, accessibility, and academic quality.

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Why Choose Liberty University?

Enjoy Flexible Courses

Choose from a wide variety of programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level, most of which are 100% online*. With an 8-week format and 8 start dates per year, it’s easy to fit your courses around your schedule!

* excludes licensure, certification, and some doctoral programs

Maximize Your time

Start and finish your degree faster! Liberty requires no standardized testing for admission, and you can transfer previous course credit — transfer in up to up to 75% of a bachelor’s degree and up to 50% of a master’s degree — or discover how your life, career, or military experience may count toward your college degree.

Grow in Your Faith

All of our courses are taught from a Christian perspective and our faculty sees themselves as mentors. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ — we’re committed to championing you as you study to go further in your field, become a leader in your industry, or start a new career.

Access Academic Support

Throughout your educational journey you will have access to academic resources that will aid in the completion of your degree. Services include our online library, writing center, tutoring, study aids, IT assistance, 30+ tutorial videos, live webinars, and personalized help from our academic advising team.

Liberty’s online courses give you the ability to choose when and where you study.

Why We’re Nonprofit

As a nonprofit (not-for-profit) university, Liberty is in the business of training skilled professionals to make a difference in the world – not gaining profit, revenue, or producing dividends for shareholders. In keeping with our commitment to your education, we invest our resources back into degree programs and into your student experience.

While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university and has not increased tuition in three straight years. Lower tuition means less student loan debt for students.

For Liberty University, nonprofit is more than a status; it is the valuable opportunity to invest in the lives of students who will go out and impact the world.

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Tuition Comparison

Tuition amounts are for an entire degree and all tuition rates and credit hour requirements are based on data published on competitor’s websites as of 11/28/18. Therefore, this information is believed but not guaranteed to be accurate. All tuition data and credit hour requirements are for online programs. Individual institutions may charge additional fees above published tuition costs. Rates are subject to change.

Financing Options

Financial Aid

87% of all Liberty students in an online program are awarded financial aid.

Corporate Tuition Assistance

Deferred – If your company reimburses you for the cost of your education, you submit your grades to your employer who pays you, and then you pay for your classes.

Tuition Discounts

Available for: Military service members, including active duty, retired, veterans, and their spouses. Also available to emergency response personnel.

Contact one of our Admissions Counselors for more information by calling (800) 424-9595.