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About Beth E. Ackerman

Dr. Beth Ackerman’s passion for children with disabilities is evident in her professional career and studies. Her master’s degree is in Special Education from Lynchburg College. She has a postgraduate professional license from the Virginia Department of Education which endorses her to teach elementary education K-8, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and administration and supervision K-12. Her doctorate degree is in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. She has taught students with disabilities for three years before becoming a principal for 6 years at a private day school for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She has over a decade of experience in working with children with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disabilities as a behavior specialist, family support provider, teacher, and administrator. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level special education courses at Liberty University.

Dr. Ackerman also has a history of leadership in higher education, particularly in on-line learning. From 2007-2016 she served as the Associate Dean over On-line and Graduate Programs for the School of Education. She had the amazing opportunity of learning and serving under a gifted Dean, Dr. Parker, who is also her mother and mentor. Dr. Parker was the first Dean at Liberty University who had her school nationally accredited and championed the cause for other deans. In their tenure together as a mother daughter team, they grew the school from a dozen faculty and a few hundred students to hundreds of faculty and 10,000 students. In this time of growth, the SOE remained fully accredited and received other accolades and rankings as a top School of Education. Student retention rates remained high along with faculty morale and favorable course and program evaluations from students, graduates, and employers. During this time, Dr. Ackerman became an approved site visitor for CAEP accreditation and President of VACTE among other notable accomplishments. When Dr. Parker stepped into Dean Emeritus, Dr. Ackerman returned to her true love of chairing the special education program.

Dr. Ackerman also conducts professional development workshops for regional Christian school conferences where she shares her knowledge on differentiated instruction and behavioral challenges for aiding Christian educators as our schools  engage a diverse population of students in furthering His Kingdom on Earth. 


Present Chair, Special Education, Liberty University School of Education
Present Professor of Education, Liberty University School of Education

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Contact Information

Beth Ackerman
Assistant Professor
Liberty University
School of Education
Liberty University
1971 University Drive
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
PHONE: 434-582-2709


Books (3)

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