Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Special Education Combining Compassion With Your Passion


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total

Are you looking for a career that combines your compassion and your professional drive to make a difference? Impact lives every day as a special education teacher. You can make in the lives of children and their parents while joining a fast-growing, in-demand field that improves the futures of students with special needs.

Liberty’s online Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Special Education degree can prepare you to help special needs students learn and grow — all while taking steps to earn your teacher’s license after graduation. You can get hands-on training in your own community while you study learning disabilities, benefit from essential education theory, and learn adaptation techniques you can apply to your work in the classroom.

With Liberty’s online bachelor’s in special education degree, you can meet licensure requirements and gain real-life experience 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). Additionally, our B.Ed. in Special Education program is one of the only online programs preparing students for teaching licensure in the country — and the first one approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). By earning this degree, you will complete the content competencies, student teaching, and practicum requirements for special education licensure in the state of Virginia.

Liberty maintains strict compliance with all licensure requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Not a Virginia resident? We want to help find the best program for you! To view educational requirements and whether a specific program aligns with the licensure requirements for your state, please review our licensure/certification requirements webpage.

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

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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 University, our mission is Training Champions for Christ, and in keeping with that mission, we strive for excellence in everything we do. Our unique licensure-track special education program provides online courses that are VDOE approved. With hands-on experience in a classroom near you, you can learn to apply teaching theory to real-world situations.

In our special education bachelor’s degree program, you will be immersed in a curriculum focused on the practical application of essential learning theories. Our professors have real-world special education experience and are passionate about helping you integrate biblical principles into your profession. Designed to give you maximum flexibility and convenience in an online format, our online bachelor’s of special education degree can help give you the foundation you need to teach with excellence and integrity.

Throughout your online bachelor’s in special education program, you will study current, research-based education theories and best practices that can equip 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, which can equip you to engage in research and scholarship. Based on this foundation of theory, the classroom practices you learn can help you manage your own classroom effectively and reach your students where they are.

Through this licensure track’s practicum and internship, you will work in a school in your area to get hands-on classroom experience that can help you apply theory to practice. This experience can help you meet Virginia licensure requirements and pursue reciprocity in your state.

Degree Completion Plan (PDF)

Individual state licensure requirements may vary and are subject to change without notice. View your state’s requirements here: licensure/certification requirements.

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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.