Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Elementary Education – Special Education Empower Your Teaching Career with a Special Education Focus


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Do you want licensure in elementary education with the option to help children with special needs? We’re here to help you get the skills and credentials you need! With Liberty’s 100% online Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Elementary Education – Special Education degree, you can become an elementary school teacher while learning how to help students with special needs learn and grow.

Gain the benefit of essential education theory, studying learning disabilities, and learning adaptation techniques that you can easily apply to your work in the classroom. With Liberty’s 100% online B.Ed. in Elementary Education degree, you can meet licensure requirements and get the hands-on experience you need without traveling to a traditional university campus.

Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This B.Ed. in Elementary Education program is one of the first 100% online tracks approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to prepare students for teaching licensure. Students who complete this bachelor’s degree will complete the content competencies, student teaching, and practicum requirements needed for a Virginia state teaching license with endorsements in elementary education and special education general curriculum (K-6).**

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

**Upon successful completion of Liberty University’s Virginia state-approved Bachelor of Education program, you may apply for your teaching license in another state through reciprocity, which may or may not result in additional requirements based on your state’s Department of Education regulations.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

At Liberty, our mission is Training Champions for Christ. In keeping with that mission, we strive for excellence in all that we do – our academics, our professors, our standards, and more. Here is what you can look forward to by pursuing your online elementary with special education degree with us:

  • This is one of the first bachelor’s programs in the nation to offer you a curriculum that is both 100% online and prepares you for initial teaching licensure.
  • Your education professors are invested in your success as a student, dedicated to teaching your courses from a Christian perspective, and equipped with years of real-life experience in the classroom.
  • Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Upon graduation, you will have completed licensure requirements approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), allowing you to teach in the state of Virginia or apply for reciprocity for licensure in other states.
  • Be classroom-ready with over 90 practicum hours and at least 1 full semester of student teaching.

Throughout your B.Ed. degree, you will be learning professional development to help you succeed in your field. You can get a thorough background in educational theories and become equipped to deliver safe, creative, and fun classes. Our program also prepares you through coursework in subjects like communication, mathematics, and biblical studies that can be used in your professional and personal life.

Additionally, your special education specialization will concentrate on current, research-based education theories and best practices that can prepare you to work effectively with children who have special needs. You will explore philosophical, legal, and sociological principles of special education as well as essential learning theories, equipping you to engage in research and scholarship.

Through this licensure track’s 90+ practicum hours and at least 1 full semester of student teaching, you will work in a school in your area to get hands-on classroom experience that will help you apply theory to practice. With this experience, you can meet licensure requirements and have the opportunity to gain reciprocity in your state through Virginia teaching licensure.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

Undergraduate Full Time $390/Credit
Undergraduate Part Time $455/Credit
Military Undergraduate $250/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for military training

*Not applicable to certificates.