News Archive

Liberty University appoints program coordinator

October 05, 2010  |  University Advancement Staff

The Liberty University School of Education has hired full-time associate professor Dr. Rita Schellenberg to coordinate and further develop the Master of Education (M.E.d) with a specialization in School Counseling. Associate Dean of the School of Education Dr. Beth Ackerman said Schellenberg’s professional experience will help establish a “rigorous yet flexible” school counseling curriculum.

“As our program continues to grow, Dr. Schellenberg’s expertise will provide much-needed visibility in Virginia through Department of Education committees, state and national associations, as well as the school systems where our counselor candidates are placed,” Ackerman said.

Schellenberg has been a school counselor at both the elementary and secondary levels for public school systems in Virginia. She has also served as a professor in the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision at Regent University, and in the counseling program at Old Dominion University. Schellenberg is the author of “The New School Counselor: Strategies for Universal Academic Achievement,” and has had multiple articles published in “Virginia Counselors Journal” and “Professional School Counseling.” In 2010, Schellenberg was named one of the top 15 school counselors in the nation by the American School Counselor Association.

The M.E.d in School Counseling is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for advanced licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements.

Established in 1971, Liberty University pioneered distance education in 1985, and it is now the largest and fastest growing Christian university in the world. Today, Liberty University Online hosts more than 50,000 students and has one of the highest retention and graduation rates among top online universities. Liberty offers more than 45 accredited degree programs — from the associate to the doctoral level — and 100 areas of specialization, all taught from a Christian perspective.

For more information, visit or call (800) 424-9595.