Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT Degree)

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Program Description

Lead the Way in Education with Liberty University's Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

Whether you have a background in education or are looking to move into a rewarding new teaching career, Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. degree) will provide a path for you to advance your teaching skills, put your professional expertise to work in the classroom, and potentially seek credentials for licensure. Throughout Liberty's Master of Arts in Teaching degree, you’ll receive online content focused on theory, best practices, and methodology in teaching — then you’ll put that knowledge into practice in the classroom during your student-teaching internship.

Liberty’s online M.A.T. degree pairs advanced learning theory with an evidence-based practical methodology so you can be equipped to help children and young adults thrive academically at every point along their educational journey.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program?

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue further studies in your area of specialization at the graduate level while becoming a certified teacher, Liberty University’s 100% online master’s in teaching online degree can give you the necessary skills and knowledge you need to teach with excellence. At Liberty, you’ll study online under industry-leading professionals with real-world teaching experience who provide personal examples and guidance for new teachers, as well as help for experienced teachers to hone their craft. And as in every graduate program offered by Liberty University’s School of Education, you’ll be taught by professors who teach from a biblical worldview and strive to encourage their students as engaged mentors.

Liberty doesn't just train educators — they train educators who want to make a positive impact on the next generation. It’s who you are and who you aspire to become. Liberty wants to help you reach your goals, so they're making a master’s degree more affordable. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, Liberty has frozen their tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 4 years and counting.

Through Liberty’s online teaching program, you can complete your coursework from the comfort of your own home, gain hands-on experience through optional on-campus intensives with flexible scheduling, and gain a foothold for employment with a local school district during your student teaching internship. The online Master of Arts in Teaching offers a clear path for students seeking teaching licensure — and because it holds prestigious NCATE accreditation through CAEP, you can be confident your degree will be well-respected in any educational environment.

What Are the Benefits of Liberty's M.A.T. Degree?

If you pursue your initial teaching licensure through Liberty's online Master of Arts in Teaching, you will be in a position to take advantage of the increased market demand for teachers — and with a master’s degree, you may be eligible for higher pay than with a bachelor’s degree alone. And while your opportunities will vary with location and population, students who complete Liberty's online teaching degree can complete state-required residential requirements with flexible scheduling and complete their degree in less than two years with Liberty University’s online three-semester schedule.

Here are some additional benefits of Liberty's online M.A.T. degree:

  • Completing licensure track requirements through their online Master of Arts in Teaching provides the highest level of marketability for teaching positions — both in private and public school settings.
  • Completing Liberty’s M.A.T. degree both enables students with limited previous teaching experience to enter the teaching profession and allows students with previous experience to pursue higher paid and/or administrative roles.
  • Pursuing Liberty's online Masters of Arts in Teaching licensure-track may make you eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.
  • The School of Education is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

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What Will You Learn in Liberty's Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree?

The online Master of Arts in Teaching will give you a balance of theoretical educational models and hands-on, practical teaching skills. No matter what grade level you pursue in Liberty's MAT degree, you will find a core of learning theory, important studies in the historical and philosophical foundations of education, and foundations of exceptionalism in education. You will also learn about critical assessment tools that enable schools to measure student learning and make improvements. Each grade-level-specific track of the M.A.T. degree provides specialized training in required topics, as well as curriculum development, behavior management, and topic-specific content teaching. If you already have initial licensure or do not need licensure, you may be interested in the online Master of Education program.

Specializations

  • Elementary Education
    Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education is designed to lead towards teaching licensure in elementary education by providing you with the foundations required to successfully grasp and teach math, natural sciences, language acquisition, and reading skills. In addition to foundational elementary teaching skills, you will be provided with a basis for curriculum understanding and execution.
  • Elementary Education – 45 Hours
    This program will be available in Spring 2020.
    Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education – 45 Hours is designed to lead towards teaching licensure in elementary education by providing you with the foundations required to successfully grasp and teach math, natural sciences, language acquisition, and reading skills. In addition to foundational elementary teaching skills, you will be provided with a basis for curriculum understanding and execution.
    The 45-hour track has 9 additional credit hours of electives to help you meet content competencies or pursue an additional endorsement area.
  • Middle Grades
    Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching – Middle Grades is designed to prepare you to receive licensure in middle grades. This program will provide you with a foundation to instruct and monitor grades 6-8 by allowing you to gain the tools and insight needed to successfully lead, mentor, and instruct your class.
  • Middle Grades – 45 Hours
    This program will be available in Spring 2020.
    Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching – Middle Grades – 45 Hours is designed to prepare you to receive licensure in middle grades. This program will provide you with a foundation to instruct and monitor grades 6-8 by allowing you to gain the tools and insight needed to successfully lead, mentor, and instruct your class.
    The 45-hour track has 9 additional credit hours of electives to help you meet content competencies or pursue an additional endorsement area.
  • Secondary Education
    Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary Education will help you meet your goals to obtain teaching licensure in secondary education. This level categorizes as grades 6-12. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage a classroom and exhibit your understanding and grasp of a specialized subject.
  • Secondary Education – 45 Hours
    This program will be available in Spring 2020.
    Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary Education – 45 Hours will help you meet your goals to obtain teaching licensure in secondary education. This level categorizes as grades 6-12. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage a classroom and exhibit your understanding and grasp of a specialized subject.
    The 45-hour track has 9 additional credit hours of electives to help you meet content competencies or pursue an additional endorsement area.
  • Special Education
    Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education will help you achieve your passion by providing you with the means to obtain your teaching licensure in special education. This degree will cover specialized ways to address behavior management and collaboration for special transitions.
  • Special Education – 45 Hours
    This program will be available in Spring 2020.
    Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education – 45 Hours will help you achieve your passion by providing you with the means to obtain your teaching licensure in special education. This degree will cover specialized ways to address behavior management and collaboration for special transitions.
    The 45-hour track has 9 additional credit hours of electives to help you meet content competencies or pursue an additional endorsement area.

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Highlights

  • By earning your Master of Arts in Teaching from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • While other colleges are increasing their tuition, Liberty actually lowered their tuition for their Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs for the 2019-20 academic year. At $415 per credit hour for full time, Liberty University’s M.Ed. online is now available at one of the lowest tuition rates for this degree in the country.
  • Pursuing Liberty's online Master of Arts in Teaching licensure-track may make you eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.
  • You will create effective learning environments with the M.A.T. degree’s grade-level specific curriculum development and teaching techniques.
  • Meet peers and professors on Liberty University’s beautiful residential campus during optional on-campus intensives.
  • Gain hands-on experience and mentorship during your M.A.T. degree’s student teaching.
  • The School of Education is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

Degree Information

  • This program falls under the School of Education.
  • Licensure: The Education Department will officially verify that students have completed one of Liberty’s Virginia state-approved licensure programs and meet requirements for important content competencies. Students should verify any additional licensure requirements with their home state. For state approval information, visit Liberty.edu/StateApprovals.
  • The School of Education is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, Liberty is here to support you through every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • The discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour part-time.
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set log-in times.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or above for admission in good standing. Please contact Liberty for more information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

Potential Career Options

  • College professor
  • Curriculum developer
  • K-12 grade-level teacher

While many states’ requirements differ, Liberty University’s course content will provide the educational skills and knowledge necessary to meet licensure requirements. Please see individual states’ official Department of Education sites for more details regarding specific state requirements for licensure, and then speak to an online admissions counselor to receive guidance on which M.A.T. degree track would best meet your needs.

Other than licensed teaching, students who complete the M.A.T. degree may find opportunities in third-party curriculum development companies and will be eligible to teach college-level courses at many universities and colleges.

Last updated Jun 2020

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