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School of Education. Orientation: Part 1 2009. Accreditation. In addition to LU accreditation by SACS, Liberty’s SOE is accredited by the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)

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school of education

School of Education

Orientation: Part 1


  • In addition to LU accreditation by SACS, Liberty’s SOE is accredited by the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
  • NCATE is highly respected in the education community and may be necessary (or preferred) for licensure in some states
  • To develop competent professionals with a Biblical world view for Christian, public, and private schools


KNOWS Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with academic knowledge



IMPLEMENTS skills as a gift from God, because teaching/leadership is a calling from God.



BELIEVES and practices personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity

overview of programs
Overview of Programs
  • Master’s Degrees:
    • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
    • Master of Education (MEd)
    • Educational Specialist (EdS)
  • Doctoral Degree(EdD)
what is the advising guide
What is the Advising Guide?
  • A resource for DLP staff and students
  • Located on the Graduate Education website:
    • Links to the Advising Guide are also located on on each Education degree page
information on the advising guide
Information on the Advising Guide
  • Faculty contact information
  • Explanation of Gates and requirements for each Gate
  • Licensure information
  • Student teaching information
  • Course descriptions
  • Course scheduling for upcoming terms
  • Program specific information, including:
    • Degree Completion Plans
    • Course Sequencing Guides
    • Field Experience summaries
    • Course Competency charts
transfer credit
Transfer Credit
  • Candidates may transfer in up to 6 credit hours from an unconferred graduate degree
  • Candidates may not transfer intensives or student teaching/practicum
what are gates
What Are Gates?
  • There are 4 “Gates” through which a student must pass in order to complete one of the EDUC programs
  • Each gate represents a checkpoint in the program and is designed to ensure that the student is ready to move on to the next stage
gate 1 admissions
Gate 1-Admissions
  • Gate 1 is simply Admissions into the EDUC program of choice
  • Once the student is fully accepted into the program, he/she has passed Gate 1
gate 2 candidacy
Gate 2-Candidacy
  • The application for Gate 2 is submitted by the student after he/she has completed 9-15 credit hours
  • Gate 2 is a checkpoint to determine if the student meets the requirements for the specific program or specialization (course competencies, etc.)
gate 2 requirements
Gate 2 Requirements
  • Gate 2 Application
  • DCP w/courses completed (including any transfer credits)
  • Course Competency Chart (Elementary and Secondary Education ONLY)
gate 3 capstone
Gate 3 Capstone
  • Gate 3 application for capstone experience in final semester

* LICENSURE: Submit in LiveText

    • *MAT: Student teaching (590/591)
    • * MEd: Internship (699)
    • MEd-T&L: Project or practicum (618/698)
    • EdS: Advanced research & writing (718)
    • EdD: Dissertation (990)
gate 4 program completion
Gate 4-Program Completion
  • Completion of program
  • If the student has met licensure requirements, will be eligible for endorsement by the School of Education
what is livetext
What is LiveText?
  • LiveText is required for candidates in licensure programs
  • LiveText is used to submit benchmark assignments and create portfolios
  • LiveText is purchased by each candidate only ONE TIME (from MBS or )
advantages of livetext
Advantages of LiveText
  • Allows students to create portfolios, notes, and journals that can be viewed by others, including professors and prospective employers
  • Provides a forum for students to receive instant feedback from professors
  • Includes information on standards, outcomes and competencies
  • For an additional fee, can access streaming educational videos, images, and other resources ($20 extra)
teaching learning

Teaching & Learning

Master of Education

overview of teaching learning
Overview of Teaching & Learning
  • NON-licensure program
  • 36 credit hours
  • No required intensives; the program can be done completely online
  • No required Praxis tests
  • Capstone course: Choose research project OR practicum
t l specializations
T&L Specializations
  • General education[Leadership option]
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Middle School
  • Other specializations in development
school of education1

School of Education

Orientation: Part II




  • Licensure is strongly recommended
  • Do NOT attempt to earn licensure through a NON-licensure program

Verification by Institution:

  • Completion of Approved Education Program
  • The applicant completed requirements for the
      • bachelor’s
      • master’s
      • six year (educational specialist)
      • doctorate
  • degree and finished an approved education program in the licensure area(s) of (e.g. elementary education, music, secondary mathematics, etc.)

Verification by Institution:

  • Completion of Approved Education Program
  • The applicant completed requirements for the
      • bachelor’s
      • master’s
      • six year (educational specialist)
      • doctorate
  • degree and finished an approved education program in the licensure area(s) of (e.g. elementary education, music, secondary mathematics, etc.)
licensure options
Licensure Options
  • Initial licensure: MAT
  • Advanced licensure: MEd or EdS/EdD
  • Specialization: endorsement area for licensure upon completion of the program
  • Specializations available:
    • Elementary Education
    • Secondary Education (must choose content area)
    • Special Education
content competencies
Content Competencies
  • Elementary and Secondary education: - content competencies required
  • Content competencies: specific for specialization/teaching endorsement
  • Competencies: courses taken in undergraduate program; additional courses may be required
    • Submit content competency chart to
  • Other endorsements added through Praxis II
example of content competencies
Example of Content Competencies
  • Secondary Education—Math
mat initial licensure tests
MAT: Initial Licensure Tests

TESTS required for GATE 3 application

  • Praxis I or VCLA (or SAT-ACT score waiver)
  • Praxis II Completed for a specific content area

TESTS required for Virginia licensure

  • VCLA(Virginia Communications and Literary Assessment)
    • May be taken online
  • VRA (Virginia Reading Assessment)
    • Offered ONLY in Virginia
    • Elementary or Special Education only
gate 3 mat student teaching
GATE 3: MAT-Student Teaching
  • Application due in prior semester
    • 2/15 for fall student teaching
    • 9/15 for spring student teaching
  • Passing scores required for Gate 3
  • Application must be submitted in LiveText
gate 3 student teaching internship
GATE 3: Student Teaching/Internship
  • Placement options
    • Your own classroom/school (must beaccredited school; in your endorsement area)
    • Lynchburg area – do NOT contact schools(All local requests by LU Licensure Office)
    • Outside Lynchburg area – candidates contact schools and submit information to
mat field experience student teaching
MAT Field Experience/Student Teaching
  • MAT candidates must complete Field Experience throughout the program
    • Candidates track experience hours on field experience log
    • Hours required in a variety of settings (see Field Summary on Advising Guide)
  • 300 hours required to complete MAT (includes practicum and student teaching), with a minimum of 150 hours of directed student teaching
master of education

Master of Education

Advanced Licensure

overview of med
Overview of MEd
  • 36 credit hour program (48 credit hour for School Counseling)
  • Specializations:
    • Licensure/Blended:
      • Administration
      • School Counseling
      • Program Specialist
    • Non-licensure/Online
      • Teaching and Learning
advanced licensure
Advanced Licensure
  • Administration/Supervision must hold initial licensure and *teaching experience
  • Program Specialists must hold initial licensure
    • Gifted, Early Childhood (add-ons)
    • Reading, Math must have *teaching experience

* Experience during M.Ed. Program accepted

  • School Counseling should have two years of teaching or counseling experience
    • Experience may be assistant counselor
    • Experience not required in all states
med field experience internship
MEd Field Experience/Internship
  • Administration: 320 cumulative hours of structured internship
  • Program Specialist: 200 hours
  • School Counseling: 300 hours, including
    • 100 hours in K-6, 100 hours in 7-12
  • Field experience will be completed throughout the program and tracked on Field Summary
gate 3 med internship
GATE 3: MEd-Internship
  • Application due in prior semester
    • 2/15 for fall student teaching
    • 9/15 for spring student teaching
  • Application must be submitted in LiveText
advanced licensure tests
Advanced Licensure Tests
  • Administration & Supervision
    • SLLA* or Praxis II
  • Program Specialist
    • Reading: VRA* or Praxis II
    • Math: Praxis II*
    • Add-ons: No test (ECE or Gifted)
  • School Counseling
    • Praxis II

*Virginia - or test for your state

eds edd licensure options
EdS/EdD Licensure Options


  • Additional courses - courses from master’s may apply
  • Initial licensure, teaching experience, internship, licensure tests
school of education2

School of Education

Orientation: Part III


  • The EdS and EdD were not designed for licensure
  • To pursue licensure, the EdS candidate must complete additional requirements - noted on DCP and online
overview of eds
Overview of EdS
  • 30 credit hour program
  • Post-Master’s degree
  • Online only
    • No intensives; unless planning to complete licensure or EdD with Liberty,
  • 2 cognate areas available:
    • Educational Leadership
    • Teaching and Learning
overview of edd
Overview of EdD
  • 60 credit hour program
  • Blended
    • 9 credit hours of intensives (3 courses)
  • NON-licensure program
  • 2 specialization options:
    • Educational Leadership
    • Teaching & Learning
  • Additional requirements
    • Comprehensive Exam
    • Dissertation
transfer from eds
Transfer from EdS
  • Some or nearly all of the coursework from an EdS may transfer into the EdD
  • From an unconferredEdS:
    • 9 credit hours
  • From a conferred EdS:
    • Liberty EdS: 27-30 credit hours
    • Non-Liberty EdS: up to 24 credit hours
comprehensive exam
Comprehensive Exam
  • Candidates must complete a comprehensive exam
  • The exam will be started in EDUC 719 (intensive) and later completed online
  • It is advisable to take EDUC 719 (Professional Writing and Research) as the last course in the program
  • Provides research and discussion on a specific topic
  • Candidates should begin thinking of a topic and conducting research from the beginning of the program
  • Typically 100 pages or more, but there is not an exact required length (Content is more important!)
failure to complete the dissertation
Failure to Complete the Dissertation
  • Candidates will continue to register for the dissertation seminar until the dissertation is complete
  • If the candidate does not complete the dissertation successfully, he/she will be considered “ABD”—all but dissertation—and the degree will not be conferred
  • Candidates who are not able to complete the dissertation are encouraged to complete an EdS instead, provided that they have not already earned this degree
dissertation committee
Dissertation Committee
  • Candidates will choose a member of the faculty to serve as committee chair
    • The person selected must agree to serve as the chair
    • Will not officially assign a chair until all coursework and the comprehensive exam are successfully completed
  • All committee members must hold a doctoral degree
  • At least one committee member must be a faculty member from outside the SOE
dissertation defense
Dissertation Defense
  • The candidate MUST come to campus for the dissertation defense
  • The time/date for the oral defense will be scheduled by the candidate and the committee chair
  • The committee will determine whether the dissertation will be accepted or returned to the candidate for additions/corrections
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