MAT in Secondary Education to EdS in School Curriculum Fast-Forward Your Credentials With A Dual Degree


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Students in middle and high school are at a critical point in their lives. Middle schoolers face many challenges as they transition into young adulthood, and high schoolers have to start making important decisions about the future – such as what career they want to pursue and what their plans are for college. As an educator, you have the opportunity to help these students make wise decisions and achieve success in their personal, professional, and academic endeavors.

Take the next step in your education career with Liberty’s online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Secondary Education Curriculum to Education Specialist (EdS) in School Curriculum and Instructional Planning. Through this online dual degree program, you can meet the requirements for earning initial teaching licensure in the state of Virginia while receiving advanced educational training at both the master’s and postgraduate level.

By pursuing your online Master of Arts in Teaching and Education Specialist degrees at the same time, you can finish these degrees faster than you would if you completed them separately – and you can earn valuable credentials that could help set you apart from the competition. Whether you want to teach at a public or private school, our Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary Education Curriculum to EdS in School Curriculum and Instructional Planning can help bolster your knowledge of evidence-based classroom practices and teaching methods.

Partner with us and prepare to make a difference in the lives of the children you teach.

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.

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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

At Liberty, we don’t just train educators – we train educators who want to make a positive impact on the next generation. We want to help you reach your goals, so we’re making our MAT to EdS more flexible, affordable, and accessible. Upon successful completion of required coursework, practicums, student teaching, and licensure exams, you can become eligible for a Virginia state teaching license.

Our MAT in Secondary Education degree to Education Specialist degree online is designed to fit your busy schedule. You can complete most of your assignments from the comfort of your home – and you’ll have the freedom to complete your practicum and student teaching requirements at an approved location near you. That way, you can get the practical, hands-on training and skills you need to become a licensed educator without leaving your area.

At Liberty, you won’t have to sacrifice quality for flexibility. Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Additionally, Liberty is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) – so you can rest assured that our degree programs are of the highest quality.

Typically, EdS programs require a master’s degree for admission – but by choosing this dual degree program, you can start your MAT and EdS at the same time with just a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, this program requires fewer credit hours than the individual MAT and EdS degrees combined – saving you time and money.

In this program, you’ll explore practical methods for teaching secondary students as well as dive into the theory and practice of curricular design and instructional planning. As you work through the program, you can complete the content competencies and field experience requirements needed to become a licensed educator.

Some of the topics you’ll study include instructional strategies for diverse learners, principles of behavior management, literacy, and instructional procedures. You’ll also dive into educational philosophy, theories of learning, curricular design, and advanced tests and measurements. The degree completion plan includes room for several elective courses, giving you the chance to personalize your degree and study topics that are most relevant to your desired career path. The elective courses can also be used to fulfill outstanding content competencies needed to achieve initial state teaching licensure – bringing you one step closer to becoming a licensed educator.

In addition to completing online courses, you’ll participate in practicum and student teaching placements at an approved location near you. That way, you can put your skills to the test and gain hands-on experience that can help you boost your résumé and graduate career-ready.

Degree Completion Plan (PDF)

State Licensure Requirements

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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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.