Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) – Middle Grades

Master of Arts in Teaching with a cognate in Middle Grades

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The Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Middle Grades is specifically geared toward individuals with no prior teaching experience who are interested in gaining initial teaching licensure in middle school education. You will study math, natural sciences, language acquisition, and reading skills, along with your core courses. The M.A.T. program prepares you for licensure and will ensure that student teaching requirements are met.

This program is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

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Quick Facts

Program Delivery Format


Residency Requirements


Credit Hours

  • 36 total credit hours
  • Up to 12 credit hours can be transferred in from an accredited and unconferred degree



  • A 3-credit hour 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 Virginia state-approved licensure programs. Students should verify any additional licensure requirements with their home state.


Potential Career Fields

  • Middle School Teacher


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