MAT in Middle Education to EdS in School Curriculum Shaping Leaders of the Future


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you interested in earning a graduate degree and a teaching license? Perhaps you’re convinced that a career in education is for you – and you’d like to double down on your commitment to tomorrow’s leaders by completing a master’s degree and a doctoral-level credential in one fell swoop. If this sounds like you, Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Middle Education Curriculum to Education Specialist (EdS) in School Curriculum and Instructional Planning is an excellent choice.

Historically, students haven’t always had the opportunity to pursue doctoral-level studies and graduate-level studies at the same time. In fact, the graduate-to-doctoral step is typically sequential – you might spend 3 or 4 years completing a master’s and an additional 2 earning your EdS.

Six years is a considerable amount of time – especially if you’re a working professional with bills to pay and a family to feed. At Liberty, we understand that you can’t put your life on hold to go back to school. That’s why our MAT to EdS track is designed to be completed quickly.

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

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

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to design a flexible and affordable online degree program for busy people. Our MAT to EdS degree online is offered in mostly 8-week sections with no required intensives – allowing you to further your education without having to travel to a residential campus.

Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Earning a CAEP-accredited degree from a regionally accredited university like Liberty can help you command respect in the field of education.

Another benefit to this degree program is licensure. Oftentimes, universities require students to complete residential programs in order to become licensed teachers – but through our MAT to EdS degree online, you are able work towards earning a teaching license while taking mostly online courses. Though the practicums and internship embedded in this program require you to work in a classroom near you, the hands-on experience you gain through your field placements can serve as a valuable opportunity for you to put what you learn into practice.

This dual degree program consists of 2 sections: the MAT in Middle Education Curriculum and the Education Specialist in School Curriculum and Instructional Planning.

In the MAT in middle grades section, you will study instructional strategies for diverse learners, principles of behavior management, and literacy instruction for grades PK-8. You will also study literacy across the curriculum, take a few elective courses and fulfill your content competencies, and explore procedures for instructional content. In the EdS section, you will study advanced educational philosophy and theories of learning. You will also study advanced tests and measurements, theory in curricular design, and the role of the reflective practitioner.

This dual degree program also allows you to gain valuable experience in real-world educational settings. As part of this online MAT to EdS program, you’ll complete 2 practicums at an approved location near you. You will also complete a student teaching placement. That way, you can graduate from this program a more confident, prepared professional whose knowledge of curriculum development and teaching methods is rooted in real-world experience.

Upon successful completion of each course, you will have earned both an MAT and an EdS – 2 valuable credentials that can help take your career to new heights.

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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.

M.A.T. to Ed.S. Full-Time $415/Credit
M.A.T. to Ed.S. 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.