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Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) provides a path for students with an education background to advance their teaching skills as well as provides students wanting to move into a rewarding new career in teaching with the opportunity to seek the credentials for licensure. The online MAT degree pairs advanced learning theory with an evidence-based practical methodology to equip teachers to help children and young adults in their educational journey. Through Liberty’s online teaching program, you can complete your coursework from the comfort of your own home, gain hands-on experience through on-campus intensives with flexible scheduling, and potentially gain a foothold for employment with your local school district during your student teaching. The online Masters of Arts in Teaching offers a clear path for students seeking teaching licensure, all with prestigious accreditation through NCATE.
Liberty University’s online MAT degree provides students a fast track to the necessary skills and knowledge needed for educational excellence. The Master of Arts in Teaching gives students online content focused on theory, best practices, and methodology in teaching, and then puts that knowledge into practice through on-campus intensives and in the classroom during the student teaching. MAT program students studying online learn from industry-leading professionals with real-world teaching experience who can provide personal examples and guidance for new teachers, and help experienced teachers to hone their craft.
The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 6 percent employment growth for elementary school teachers. The number of classes needed to accommodate an increasing amount of students coming into elementary schools over the next decade will necessitate that school districts are prepared for increased enrollment at higher levels.* Students who pursue initial teaching licensure through the online Master of Arts in Teaching will be in a position to take advantage of the increased market demand for teachers, and with a masters-level degree, students may be eligible for higher pay than with a Bachelor’s degree alone. While your opportunities will vary with location and population, students who complete the online Masters of Arts in Teaching 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.
Special Education Outlook
In the field of Special Education, screening and identification of various disabilities take place earlier in a child’s life, which impacts enrollment in special education programs. Employment is projected to grow 6 percent in special education until the year 2024, but growth in this field is largely determined by government funding because laws dictate the number of special education services offered through public education. Please note that employment growth varies by region and population disbursement.* Liberty University recommends for students seeking licensure through the MAT Degree to add a second-grade-level endorsement to provide better market flexibility.
The online Master of Arts in Teaching gives students a balance of theoretical educational models and hands-on, practical teaching skills. Students pursuing any grade level for the MAT degree will find a core of Learning Theory, important studies in the historical and philosophical foundations of education, and foundations of exceptionality in education. Students will also be given lessons in critical assessment tools that allow schools to measure student learning and make improvements. Each grade level-specific track of the MAT degree provides specialized training in specific 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.
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 www.Liberty.edu/StateApprovals.
While many state’s 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 MAT degree track would best meet your needs.
Other than licensed teaching, students who complete the MAT degree may find opportunities in third-party curriculum development companies and will be eligible to teach college-level courses at many universities and colleges.
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) (Education | Special Education) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Information obtained on September 19, 2017.
Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching must select a cognate. Discover more information about each cognate below.
Liberty University’s 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.
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Liberty University’s 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 lead successfully, mentor, and instruct your class.
Liberty University’s 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.
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Liberty University’s 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.