Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.) - Special Education (Non-Licensure)

Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.) - Special Education (Non-Licensure)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

This is a non-licensure degree and is not a state-approved program. Completion of this degree will not lead to the eligibility of a VA state teaching license or a teaching license or certificate in any other state. If you would like to be eligible for a VA state teaching license or work through reciprocity guidelines to be eligible for a license or certificate in another state, you must complete one of our state-approved programs. Refer to
Advanced Education Core Courses
EDUC 604Foundations of Education3
EDUC 630Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement3
EDUC 671Curriculum Evaluation3
EDUC 673Curriculum and Methods for Effective Instruction3
Choose one of the following:
EDUC 547The Differentiated Classroom3
EDUC 624Instructional Methods for Behavior and Learning3
Total Hours18
Special Education Cognate
EDUC 621Educational Assessment for Special Needs3
EDUC 626Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assessment3
EDUC 628Communication, Language and Sensory Aspects for Autism3
EDUC 629Technology and Diversity3
EDUC 639Trends and Issues in Educational Technology3
Total Hours15
Professional Courses
EDUC 518Educational Research and Assessment3
EDUC 696Current Issues in Education Capstone3
Total Hours6
Gate Courses
EDGT 674School of Education Gate 1 – Graduate Non-Licensure0
EDGT 678School of Education Gate 2 –Graduate Non-Licensure0
EDGT 680School of Education Gate 3 – Non-Licensure0
Total Hours0


  • No residency required

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 2.5 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
EDUC 518 Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 604 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 621 Educational Assessment for Special Needs 3
EDGT 674 School of Education Gate 1 – Graduate Non-Licensure 0
EDGT 678 School of Education Gate 2 –Graduate Non-Licensure 0
Second Semester
EDUC 547
The Differentiated Classroom
or Instructional Methods for Behavior and Learning
EDUC 626 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Assessment 3
EDUC 628 Communication, Language and Sensory Aspects for Autism 3
Second Year
First Semester
EDUC 629 Technology and Diversity 3
EDUC 630 Technology Practices for Instructional Improvement 3
EDUC 639 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology 3
EDGT 680 School of Education Gate 3 – Non-Licensure 0
Second Semester
EDUC 671 Curriculum Evaluation 3
EDUC 673 Curriculum and Methods for Effective Instruction 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education Capstone 3
 Total Hours36
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