Liberty University
Online Teaching Degrees

Located in the heart of central Virginia, Liberty University has earned the distinction of being one of the early pioneers in online learning. A fully accredited Christian university, this school introduced the distance learning platform in the mid-1980s and now offers 45 online programs with an enrollment of over 50,000 online students.

Liberty University features a full range of education degrees, including the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree, although not all are designed to satisfy requirements for teacher licensure.

Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Liberty University is geared toward students who want to build the foundation that will allow them to move on to an advanced degree in education. The B.S. in Education does not lead to certification, but it does provide students with an understanding of development educationally and behaviorally and how to create effective lesson plans. With a focus on education from the Christian perspective, the B.S. in Education online program also requires that all students complete an internship of 90 hours.

The B.S. in Education online degree comprises 120 credits with 30 of those credits being upper-level courses.

Master's Degree

Liberty University features the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and the Master of Education (M.Ed). The Master of Arts in Teaching - with specializations in elementary education, secondary education, and special education - caters to those students who want to make the transition to teaching but who have no teaching experience.

Students in the MAT program must complete 36 credits, including student teaching worth three credits, and three residencies on campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. Upon completion of the MAT, students will have met all the requirements for initial licensure.

Students in the Master of Education online degree program can concentrate on several areas including program specialist (with gifted, reading, math, and early childhood specializations) or teaching and learning (with elementary education, middle grades, special education, general education, and education technology and online instruction specializations).

The M.Ed is geared toward students who want to obtain their teaching license and those educators with their license who want to further their careers. All students, except those in the teaching and learning concentration, must complete residency requirements of between nine and 12 hours that is included in the 36 credits required for the degree.

Education Specialist

The Education Specialist (Ed.S) is a post-graduate online degree with concentrations in teaching and learning and educational leadership. The Ed.S requires only 30 credits and prepares students to earn their teaching license. It is also geared toward current teachers who want to advance in their current positions. Unlike the master's and doctoral programs in education, the Ed.S does not have residency requirements.

Doctorate Degree

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) is offered with two concentrations: teaching and learning and educational leadership. Regardless of which concentration students choose, they will be required to complete 60 credits, including six for the dissertation, and to travel to Lynchburg for three residencies and to defend their dissertations, to complete their degree. Students, including those who hold an Ed.S, may be able to transfer previously received credits to the Ed.D degree.

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