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M.A.T. in Special Education, General Special Education (K-12) with Career & Technical (CTE) Transition Add-On, Licensure

The M.A.T. in Special Education, General Special Education (K-12) with Career & Technical (CTE) Transition Add-On is designed for individuals who do not have an initial teaching license. This is the perfect program for individuals interested in earning a license in General Special Education.

Field experience requirements will be completed early and often in the field of special education and culminate in a 16-week student teaching semester. Licensure in the state of Virginia requires that you meet all necessary criteria.

Upon successful completion of Liberty University’s Virginia state-approved M.A.T. program, you may apply for your teaching license in another state through reciprocity, which may or may not result in additional requirements based on your state’s Department of Education regulations. For state approval information, visit www.Liberty.edu/StateApprovals.

The School of Education is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This program is designed to support edTPA.

General Requirements

  • Degree Plan (45 hours) and Course Guides
  • Practicum Courses (Field Experiences): EDSP 588 and EDSP 688
  • Professional Semester (Student Teaching) 2020-21 and forward DCP’s: EDST 59X and EDST 58X
  • 3.0 GPA

Gate Information: Program Checkpoints

The Gate system is designed as a set of checkpoints to ensure you have completed the necessary requirements to successfully complete the program. The Gate system is an important part of maintaining a quality program as required by our licensing and accrediting bodies.

  • Gate 1: University Admission & Declaration of Major
  • Gate 2: Program Status Check
  • Gate 3: Program Admission & Student Teaching Application
    • Testing Requirements
      • VCLA
      • Praxis: Teaching Reading: Elementary
      • Praxis Subject Assessment (Special Education)
    • Additional Requirements
  • Gate 4: Program Exit & Licensure Application

Framework & Dispositions

Field Experiences (Practicums, Student Teaching, Background Checks)

Transfer Credit

Licensure Information

Handbooks & Resources

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