Program Overview

Liberty University’s online Education Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction – Elementary Education program equips you to teach in a variety of special education, general education, and community classroom settings. You will explore research and instructional approaches for managing student behavior effectively with an emphasis on individualized, classroom, and school-wide behavior support.

Through this program, you will learn best practices for utilizing technology in student learning and how to translate classroom theory into practice. Additionally, you will examine programs for gifted students as well as strategies for securing funding for gifted programs.

Your classes will address curriculum development, usage, and evaluation. Teaching candidates will be required to prepare instructional elements focused on the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Career opportunities include:

  • Elementary Educator
  • Gifted-Student Instructor
  • Researcher
  • School Administrator
  • University Professor

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

    Requirements

    Residency requirements:

    • 3 on-campus intensives
    • On-campus dissertation defense

    Application requirements:

    • Official college transcripts
    • Master's degree in education (or a related field) with a 3.0 GPA from an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants with a non-educational master’s degree may be required to complete M.Ed. core courses (up to 12 additional hours) before taking any post-graduate coursework.
    • Recommender Contact Information for 2 references
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report - total verbal and quantitative score of 900, as well as a 4.0 or better on the analytical writing section (for tests taken before August 2011) or a total verbal and quantitative score of 300, as well as a 4.0 or better on the analytical writing section (for tests taken after August 2011). OR Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score report - total score of 400 or better (for tests taken in or after October 2004) or a total score of 50 or better (for tests taken before October 2004)
    • Professional vita

    School Overview

    Training Champions for Christ since 1971

    We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible. One of our Admissions Counselors is ready to assist you with this process. Here is what you can expect from us:

    • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.*
    • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
    • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.

    *excludes licensure, certification, and some doctoral programs

    Benefits of Attending Liberty University

    • No standardized testing if you meet admission requirements.
    • Credit for prior training, certification, licensure, experience, and learning, and more such as:

    - Military

    - Real Estate

    - Insurance

    - Emergency Response

    • Courses taught from a Christian worldview.
    • 8 start dates a year, with an 8 week course format.

    Financing Options

    Financial Aid

    • 87% of all Liberty students in an online program are awarded financial aid.

    Tuition discounts for 

    • Military service members, including active duty, retired, veterans, and their spouses.
    • Emergency Response Personnel

    Corporate Tuition Assistance

    • Deferred – If you company reimburses you for the cost of your education, you submit your grades to your employer who pays you, and then you pay for your classes.

    Other convenient payment options are available

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