MAT in Secondary Education – 45 Hours Empower Young Minds for Success


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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Building a meaningful middle or high school teaching career requires more than just a teacher’s license. It requires patience, compassion — and specialization in a particular subject. Liberty’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Secondary Education 45-hour option will give you the opportunity and the flexibility to do so. Regardless of the specialization you choose, this program is designed to help you attain licensure and meet your professional goals.

Alternatively, you can potentially use your additional electives to help you meet core competency requirements. Either way, our online secondary education degree can help give you the tools to both meet the needs of your school district and help students thrive.

Liberty’s required student teaching experience in your area can equip you with hands-on training and the critical teaching knowledge you need to succeed in your future classroom. Liberty’s 45-hour MAT in Secondary Education is built to help you flourish in a meaningful teaching career.

Empowering teachers to succeed is important, so at Liberty, you can earn your MAT degree for less — at only $415 per credit hour for full-time enrollment.

Liberty maintains strict compliance with all licensure requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Not a Virginia resident? We want to help find the best program for you! To view educational requirements and whether a specific program aligns with the licensure requirements for your state, please review our licensure/certification requirements webpage.

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

The online Master of Arts in Teaching will give you a balance of theoretical educational models and hands-on, practical teaching skills. Throughout this program, 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 can also learn about critical assessment tools that enable schools to measure student learning and make improvements. Your secondary education program can help prepare you to work with grades 6-12 with courses focused on curriculum development and behavior management.

With 9 credit hours of electives, you can cover missing content competencies or tailor your degree to fit your other interests in education.

Here are some of the specific subjects you will study throughout your program:

  • 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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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

  • High school teacher
  • K-12 curriculum developer
  • K-12 curriculum manager
  • Middle school teacher
  • Secondary education licensed teacher
  • Teaching product developer

Individual state licensure requirements may vary and are subject to change without notice. View your state’s requirements here: licensure/certification requirements.

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Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

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.