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Master of Education (M.Ed.) / School Counseling
Liberty University offers an online Master of Education degree with a concentration in School Counseling. The degree program is suitable for teachers seeking guidance positions in K-12 learning institutions. The program will prepare students for leadership roles in Christian, public and private schools, as well provide a solid foundation for graduates wishing to further educational goals by pursuing an Education Specialist credential or a Doctorate in Education.
Students of the M.Ed. in School Counseling program must have at least two years of experience within teaching or counseling positions. The concentration is a critical part of the success of a student's learning experience. Liberty University offers an M.Ed. degree with focused curriculums to ensure that the students have a well-rounded learning opportunity to better serve the church, the community and the children that will benefit from a Christ-centered education. The emphasis on psychology, ethics, cultural diversity, family counseling and career placement will prepare graduates to be successful additions to school systems as well-trained counselors.
The program is state approved by Virginia to award advanced teaching licensure, and it is the student's responsibility to be aware of additional credit hours required for the School Counseling concentration. Students must also complete an internship and four courses in face-to-face residency for licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to understand local and state requirements needed for home-state licensure and student teaching coursework. The 48-credit-hour program solidifies a student's understanding in topics of educational psychology, group dynamics, social and cultural structures, and behavior management, while introducing subjects on child and adolescent counseling program development and community involvement.
Students pursuing a Master's in Education degree are encouraged to look into the learning objectives of each concentration to better understand and clearly choose the professional path that best suits personal and career aspirations for the individual students.
Students must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing.
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.
The Education program at Liberty is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
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