Master of Arts in Teaching Online Degree Program Page

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 (M.A.T.) 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.

With the 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.

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 online M.A.T. 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. 

We don’t just train educators — we train educators who want to make a positive impact on the next generation. It’s who you are and who you aspire to become. We want to help you reach your goals, so we’re making a master’s degree more affordable. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’re actually lowering our tuition for our Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Through Liberty’s online teaching program, you can complete your coursework from the comfort of your own home, gain hands-on experience through optional on-campus intensives with flexible scheduling, and gain a foothold for employment with a local school district during your student teaching internship. The online Master of Arts in Teaching offers a clear path for students seeking teaching licensure — and because it holds prestigious NCATE accreditation through CAEP, you can be confident your degree will be well respected in any educational environment. 

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 for the 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.

What are the Benefits of the Master’s Degree in Teaching Program?

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.*

If you pursue your initial teaching licensure through the online Master of Arts in Teaching, you will be in a position to take advantage of the increased market demand for teachers — and with a master’s-level degree, you may be eligible for higher pay than with a Bachelor’s degree alone. And 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. Additionally, 

  • Completing licensure track requirements through the online Master of Arts in Teaching provides the highest level of marketability for teaching positions — both in private and public school settings.
  • Completing Liberty’s M.A.T. degree both enables students with limited previous teaching experience to enter the teaching profession and allows students with previous experience to pursue higher paid and/or administrative roles.
  • Pursuing the online Masters of Arts in Teaching licensure-track may make you eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.
  • 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)

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 primarily 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 Master of Arts in Teaching degree to add a second-grade-level endorsement to provide better market flexibility.

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) (Education Special Education) under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Information obtained on September 19, 2017.

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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 Emergency 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.
  • 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 your 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 3.0 or above cumulative combined GPA for all accredited colleges previously attended or for high school. A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree is required 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*
  • Official college transcripts; if not available, 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.