MAT in Middle Grades – 45 Hours Mold Middle School Minds for Success


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Being a middle schooler isn’t easy. Between 6th and 8th grade, most young teens are just starting to learn who they are as individuals and what they want in life. These students are at one of the most important transitional times in their lives, and having a role model to look up to can have an immensely positive influence. As a teacher, you want the tools to help these young people as they begin making important choices.

If you are passionate about working with middle school children but you don’t have a license to teach, a master’s degree in middle grades from Liberty can help you get the credentials you need to enter the field with confidence. With our online M.A.T. in Middle Grades 45-hour track, you can prepare to teach in both public and private schools across the country.**

With the demand for teachers on the rise in the U.S., your passion for teaching can help fill a much-needed role for tomorrow’s students.

Most importantly, you will be earning your teaching degree from a nonprofit Christian university committed to seeing you succeed with excellence and integrity. You will touch many lives throughout your career; our goal is to provide you with training founded on biblical principles so you can feel equipped to make an eternal impact on your students.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

**Upon successful completion of Liberty University’s Virginia state-approved Master of Arts in Teaching 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.

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  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

With an online M.A.T. in Middle Grades from Liberty University, you can meet the requirements for state licensure, broaden your professional capacity, and make a bigger impact on your students.

Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). As a student, this standard of excellence means you can graduate with an online graduate degree recognized and respected by colleges and employers across the nation.

By choosing Liberty’s 45-credit hour M.A.T. program, you will have elective credits built into your program – giving you the ability to further expand your credentials with a second endorsement in elementary or special education. At $415 per credit hour at the full-time rate, you will be earning your degree at one of the lowest tuition costs for this program in the nation!

Another option you have with the M.A.T. is to use your electives to complete content competencies. In order to become licensed as a middle school teacher, you will need to complete content competencies in English, mathematics, social studies, or science. Depending on your bachelor’s degree, you may have completed some or all of these courses already.

If you have any questions about what courses you may need in order to obtain licensure for your middle grades subject area, please feel free to reach out to one of our Admissions Counselors at (800) 424-9596!

As a middle school teacher, you must be an expert in your subject area. Our M.A.T. in Middle Grades program is designed to prepare you to confidently lead your English, math, science, or social studies classroom by allowing you to choose courses that focus on your subject of choice.

In addition to your core teaching courses, you will take classes on the historical foundations of education and learn how to test and measure your students’ growth. You will also take a class on language acquisition and instruction, which will help you better understand where your students are coming from — no matter what subject you teach.

In order to prepare for your career in the classroom, you will complete a semester of student teaching at the end of Liberty’s M.A.T. program. By working hands-on in the classroom under an experienced, licensed middle school teacher, you will not only be meeting licensure requirements, but you will also be developing your own unique teaching style. This is an important step in maintaining your passion for education and increasing your marketability to employers.

Throughout this program, you will study:

  • Current trends in the education field
  • Educational behavior and development
  • Methods of teaching and classroom management
  • Theories and methodologies of education

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Graduate Education Full Time $415/Credit
Graduate Education Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.