Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) – Special Education Empowering Diverse Learners Through Inclusive Education Strategies


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Are you excited about pursuing a career in the special education field and becoming a licensed teacher? If you are currently a teacher or you’re looking to make a career change, you can pursue your dream at Liberty. Our master’s in special education online degree sets a clear path for you to obtain your initial teaching licensure. Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Special Education program can help you achieve your career goals.

With core courses in learning theory and behavior management, you will study education assessment and intervention. You can also develop skills in building strategies for successful, inclusive classrooms. Our online master’s degree in special education can help give you the tools you need to help students be successful in the classroom.

At Liberty University, we created our online special education MAT degree program with your success in mind. Our program is designed to be completed in as little as 1.5 years and allows you to continue to work while earning your master’s degree. Our goal is to support you as both a student and a teaching professional.

Additionally, Liberty University’s online teaching degree in special education allows you to pursue multiple areas of study. Many students choose to pursue a dual endorsement to expand their marketability. For more information, please see our career section below.

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.

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

Becoming a special education teacher requires more than what you can find in textbooks. Through your special education classes, you can learn to teach lessons and provide intellectual stimulation for special needs students. This program trains you on the best approaches to education topics for students with mild to severe disabilities. You can learn how to build special education programs for learning disabilities and assess the needs of students with special needs.

You can also learn how to care for and nurture your students emotionally, socially, and spiritually. You can study educational behavior and development, theories and methodologies of education, current trends in the education field, and methods of teaching with classroom management.

Each child is a unique individual created by God. Becoming a special education teacher can help you teach them in a way that meets their needs. Therefore, our courses are taught from a Christian perspective by educators equipped with years of experience teaching in the field of special education. You can learn how to apply a biblical worldview to your classroom in Christian, private, public, or homeschool settings.

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

  • Curriculum developer
  • Educational consultant
  • Family support specialist
  • Home-based service provider
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Special education teacher
  • Support worker
  • Teaching product developer

The special education MAT program is designed to provide the training needed to teach special education in the classroom as a licensed teacher. Our degree also help prepare students with special education expertise that can be apply to many roles in education administration and program coordination.

You may also choose to pursue a dual endorsement. By choosing the specialization below that fits your desired path, you can graduate with licensure in special education and another endorsement area. Recommended areas are elementary education, middle grades, or secondary education.

If you need additional content competencies to meet for your additional endorsement area, you can potentially fulfill them through the 45-hour MAT program. Please note that you may also require additional steps for licensure. For more information about dual endorsements, please contact one of our admissions counselors at (800) 424-9596.

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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.