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Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online with Optional Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Jan 14, 2019
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Lead the Way in Education with an Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

Whether you have a background in education or are looking to move into a rewarding new career in teaching, Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT Degree) will provide a path for you to advance your teaching skills, put your professional expertise to work in the classroom, and/or seek credentials for licensure. Throughout our Master of Arts in Teaching degree, you’ll receive online content focused on theory, best practices, and methodology in teaching — then you’ll put that knowledge to work in the classroom during your student-teaching internship.

Liberty’s online M.A.T. degree pairs advanced learning theory with an evidence-based practical methodology so you can be equipped to help children and young adults thrive academically at every point along their educational journey.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program?

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree but want to pursue further studies in your area of specialization at the graduate level while becoming a certified teacher, Liberty University’s 100% online Masters in Teaching online degree can give you the necessary skills and knowledge you need to teach with excellence. At Liberty, you’ll study online under industry-leading professionals with real-world teaching experience who provide personal examples and guidance for new teachers as well as help for experienced teachers to hone their craft. And as in every graduate program offered by Liberty University’s School of Education, you’ll be taught by professors who teach from a biblical worldview and who strive to encourage their students as engaged mentors. 

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What Will You Learn in the Online Master of Arts in Teaching Degree?

The online Master of Arts in Teaching will give you a balance of theoretical educational models and hands-on, practical teaching skills. No matter what grade level you pursue in our MAT degree, you will find a core of learning theory, important studies in the historical and philosophical foundations of education, and foundations of exceptionalism in education. You will also learn about critical assessment tools that enable schools to measure student learning and make improvements. Each grade-level-specific track of the M.A.T. degree provides specialized training in 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.

Degree Info
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Admission Requirements 

Elementary Education

Middle Grades

Secondary Education

Special Education

Master’s Degree in Teaching Requirements and Information

  • View the Graduate Advising Guide for more information on specific degree track requirements.
  • This program falls under the School of Education.
  • Licensure: 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
  • The School of Education is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) as an Educator Preparation Provider (EPP)

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • The discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour at part-time
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an First Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Highlights of Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Teaching

  • By earning your Master of Arts in Teaching from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we actually lowered our tuition for our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs for the 2018-19 academic year. At $415 per credit hour for full time, Liberty University’s M.Ed. online is now available at one of the lowest tuition rates for this degree in the county.
  • Pursuing our online Masters of Arts in Teaching licensure-track may make you eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.
  • You will create effective learning environments with the MAT Degree’s grade-level specific curriculum development and teaching techniques.
  • Meet peers and professors on Liberty University’s beautiful residential campus during optional on-campus intensives.
  • Gain hands-on experience and mentorship during your MAT degree’s student teaching.
  • The School of Education is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) as an Educator Preparation Provider (EPP)

Potential Career Options for Graduates of the Online Master’s (MAT) Degree in Teaching

  • K-12 Grade-level Teacher
  • Curriculum Developer
  • College Professor 

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.

Admission Requirements for Master of Arts in Teaching

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or above for admission in good standing.. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Unofficial college transcripts and submit a transcript request form.**
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.

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