Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) – Special Education

Master of Arts in Teaching with a cognate in Special Education

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The Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education is specifically geared toward individuals with no prior teaching experience who are interested in gaining initial teaching licensure in special education. Along with core courses, you will study behavior management, educational assessment and intervention and collaboration for special transitions, and build strategies for successful inclusive classrooms. In addition, you will complete your student teaching requirement in the area in which you are seeking licensure.

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

  • Special Education Teacher


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