Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The School of Education through Liberty University Online offers numerous graduate programs at the master’s level. The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for individuals who do not have prior teaching experience. This is the perfect program for students interested in earning their teaching licensure in the following areas: elementary, secondary, or special education.

Courses allow the student to specialize in one of three licensure specializations. Student teaching requirements will also be completed in the specialized licensure field. Licensure in the state of Virginia requires that students meet all necessary criteria. Certain prerequisites may be required by Liberty Online’s School of Education for those seeking to become candidates in the master's program, specifically from students with a non-educational undergraduate background or individuals who meet the equivalent of an academic major in a liberal arts area. Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching must choose a specialization.

Approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), this degree is also a state-approved program for initial licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements. Learn more about program-specific accreditations.

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Quick Facts


Program Delivery Format

Residency Requirement

Credit Hours

  • 36 total hours
  • Up to 6 credit hours can be transferred in from an
    accredited and unconferred degree


  • A 3-credit-hour internship/student teaching is a required part of the M.A.T. program.


  • The Education Department will verify that students have completed one of Liberty’s approved, licensure program plans in the students home state.

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