Master Of Arts In Teaching Special Education
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8-week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Sep 16, 2019
NCATE through CAEP

Take Your First Steps Toward a Career in Special Education with a Master of Arts in Teaching

Do you want to pursue a career in the special education field and become a licensed teacher? Whether you are currently a teacher, or you are looking to make a career change, Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) – Special Education online degree program will help you achieve your career goals. Our master’s in special education online degree program sets a clear path for you to obtain your initial teaching licensure. 

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Why Choose Liberty’s MAT in Special Education Online Degree Program?

Are you looking for a career that will help you impact today’s students with special needs? Liberty University’s 100% online special education program has been designed to help integrate your faith into your professional life. You will complete courses with cutting-edge techniques and information for teacher education that are also based in a Christian worldview, as well as complete student teaching to gain hands-on experience prior to graduation. At Liberty University, we strive to live out Christ-like characteristics and to use the power of faith and education to transform people and the world.

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What Will You Learn in Our Master’s of Special Education Online?

Becoming a special education teacher requires more than what you can find in textbooks. As a student studying special education, you will learn to teach lessons and provide intellectual stimulation, as well as how to care for and nurture your students emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Topics covered within this program include educational behavior and development, theories and methodologies of education, current trends in the education field, and methods of teaching with classroom management.

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Benefits of an Online Special Education Teaching Degree

  • By earning your M.A.T. in Special Education from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in the field.
  • While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we actually lowered our tuition for our Master of Arts in Teaching program for the 2018-19 academic year. At $415 per credit hour for full time, Liberty University’s M.A.T. online is now available at one of the lowest tuition rates for this degree in the country.

  • Pursuing our online Master 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).
  • You can achieve your state teaching licensure in less than two years.
  • Because this is an online degree, you will have the opportunity to network with educators from across the country.

Masters of Arts in Teaching Degree Information and Requirements

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. 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 through 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 a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times

What Career Can You Pursue with a Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education?

  • The Special Education MAT program is designed to provide the training needed to help you find opportunities to teach special education in the classroom as a licensed teacher!
  • Students may also choose to pursue a dual endorsement. By taking a few extra courses, students can graduate with licensure in special education and another endorsement area, such as elementary education, middle grades, or secondary education. For more information about dual endorsements, please contact one of our admissions counselors at (800) 424-9596.

Admission Requirements for Online Graduate Certificate Programs

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or above for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admission-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • 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.