Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) - Online

Special Education Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) - Online

With Fifth-Year Option for M.A.T. & Licensure

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2022 through summer 2023. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

General Education/Foundational Skills Requirements

Communication & Information Literacy 1
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric3
Communications Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Technological Solutions & Quantitative Reasoning 1
UNIV 104Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning0-3
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 104Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 24
Critical Thinking Elective3
Civic & Global Engagement 1
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 104Survey of Old and New Testament4
THEO 104Introduction to Theology Survey 24
Total Hours39-42

Refer to the list of approved general education electives before enrolling in foundational skill requirements


Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirement of RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview (4 c.h.) waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirement of THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey (4 c.h.) waived

Major Requirements

 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 a state-approved program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/education.

Major Foundational Courses
BIOL 101Principles of Biology 13
or BIOL 102 Principles of Human Biology
COMS 101Speech Communication 13
ENGL 102Composition and Literature 13
HIEU 201History of Western Civilization I 13
HIUS 221Survey of American History I 13
MATH 117Elements of Mathematics 13
MATH 217Elementary Geometry 13
PHSC 210Elements of Earth Science 13
or PHYS 101 Elements of Physics
PSYC 101General Psychology 13
or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
Total Hours27

Course may fulfill select general education requirements

Major Core
Area of Study I: Education
EDUC 200Principles of Education3
EDUC 205Learning Theory and Portfolio Development3
EDUC 301Instructional Practices for Math Teachers3
EDUC 302Instructional Practices for Reading Teachers3
EDUC 304Classroom Management for Teachers3
EDUC 305Educational Philosophy for Teachers3
EDUC 307Instructional Practices for Differentiated Instruction3
EDUC Elective 13
Cultural Studies Elective 23
Area of Study II: Content Core
EDSP 323Special Education Law and Characteristics 3,43
or EDSP 429 Survey of Trends in Special Education
EDSP 360Learning and Behavior Problems3
EDSP 367Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders3
EDSP 370Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3
EDSP 377Autism: Educational and Theoretical Approaches3
EDSP 410Instructional Adaptation for Special Education3
PSYC 345Exceptional Child3
Total Hours48

Choose from EDUC 380 Current Issues in Education (3 c.h.)6, EDUC 390 Teaching Practicum (3 c.h.)5,7, or EDUC 398 Field Experience Capstone (3 c.h.)8


Choose any Cultural Studies course from the General Education list


Completion of this course allows graduates to apply for a provisional license in Special Education in VA at completion of the degree program


This is a non-licensure course and does not lead to eligibility for a provisional license in Special Education in VA


Background check clearance required for EDUC 390 Teaching Practicum (3 c.h.)


Capstone course that requires no field experience and does not lead to ACSI licensure


Capstone course where students must complete a minimum of 300 hours and leads to ACSI licensure


EDUC 398 Field Experience Capstone (3 c.h.) requires 45 hours of field experience

Free Electives
Choose 3-24 credit hours of Free Electives3-24
Total Hours3-24

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 120 Total hours
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average
  • 30 Hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of ‘C’ Minimum required for all upper-level courses in the major
  • 25% Of major taken through Liberty University
  • 30 Hours must be completed through Liberty University
  • Grad App Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date
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