Admission Education Specialist

What is an Ed.S. Degree?

An Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is a degree path for students wanting to enhance their teaching and educational leadership skills but are not ready to pursue a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. Working at the post-graduate level, students in Liberty University’s 100% online Ed.S. Degree will be immersed in advanced studies of learning theory and research, discover cutting-edge institutional-level testing and measurement techniques, and develop highly-effective curriculum based on the education industry’s best practices.

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Education Specialist Admission Requirements

Here are the admission requirements for the online Education Specialist program:

  1. Apply online or call an LUO Admissions Counselor at (800) 424-9595.
  2. A $50.00, non-refundable, application fee will be assessed at the time of application. (waived for service members and veterans) Please call (800) 424-9596 to speak with an LUO Admissions Counselor to see if you qualify to waive the application fee.
  3. Master’s Degree Official Transcript – Unofficial transcripts sent by email or fax will not be accepted. In order for your document to be considered an official transcript, it will need to be in a sealed envelope from your previous institution, or it will need to be submitted direct to Liberty University via a secure electronic official transcript system. Ask your school’s Registrar’s Office or records holder if they offer a secure electronic official transcript. If asked, give them as the direct email for an electronic official transcript.
  4. A 3.0 GPA from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Unaccredited Master’s Degrees will not be accepted.
  5. TOEFL Score – Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an approved alternate test of English proficiency: International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP).
  • Applicants must earn a score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 3.9 on the iTEP, a 6.5 on the IELTS, or an equivalent score on an approved alternate test for all graduate degree programs. 
  • Applicants who have an earned degree from a college or university in the U.S. or another English-speaking country may have the TOEFL requirement waived by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Alternatively, applicants who successfully complete the levels of English-Second-Language (ESL) instruction indicated below at one of two schools will have the TOEFL requirement waived. 
  • Students will have their application held until transcripts from one of the below schools are received.

Please note: Guidelines are subject to change in federal or state regulations for the licensure of school personnel.

Preliminary Acceptance
Transcript Policy

Preliminary Acceptance

If you have submitted a Liberty University application for the online Education Specialist degree but are still finishing your Master’s Degree, you may still be able to receive a preliminary acceptance decision. This will allow you to continue with the enrollment process, plan your registration, and start setting up your financing method while you wait for your final documents to be available. Please note the following important admission requirements:

  • You must be in your final term and planning to start your Education Specialist degree online after the last day of class for your Master’s Degree. For 30-48 credit hour programs, you must be within six credit hours of degree completion. For Master’s Degrees of 49 or more credit hours, you must be within nine credit hours of completion.
  • You must submit an official transcript to confirm that you are in your final term. If this official transcript does not show final grades or GPA, your current program GPA must meet the admissions standard.
  • You must end in an additional, final official transcript with a conferral date on it by the end of your first semester of enrollment.

Official College Transcript Policy

An acceptable official college transcript must be issued directly from the institution in a sealed envelope with a signature across the back. If you have one in your possession, it must meet the same requirements. Electronic official transcript systems may be used for admission requirements if the electronic official transcript is sent directly to Liberty.

Liberty University Admission Office Contact Information

(800) 424-9596

(888) 301-3577

Email for Questions

Email for Questions

Liberty University Online Admissions Verification
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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