MAT in Special Education – General Curriculum & Adapted Curriculum Nurture Every Child’s Potential


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Are you interested in becoming a special education teacher but want to work with students who have a variety of needs? Imagine being able to graduate with not 1 but 3 endorsements in special education. Thanks to Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education – General Curriculum and Adapted Curriculum with a Career and Technical Education (CTE)-Transition and Special Needs add-on endorsement, now you can!

Liberty has designed this special education program to meet rigorous state requirements. Normally, you must get your initial teaching license for Special Education and then go back to school to pursue additional endorsements. However, our experienced faculty has designed this program to meet all the competencies required for multiple endorsements – so you can get all the credentials you need in the same program, including an initial teaching license. Liberty’s online MAT in Special Education – General Curriculum and Adapted Curriculum with CTE-Transition and Special Needs track is designed to help you achieve your career goals by meeting the exact needs of your licensure requirements for special education.

With classroom experience in your area, you can gain hands-on training and critical teaching knowledge to help you lead your future classroom. Partner with us and receive the training you need from a pioneer in online master’s in special education programs.

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.

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By earning your MAT in Special Education, you are preparing for a rewarding career in a field desperate for qualified, effective teachers. Through this program, you can earn a special education teaching license in both general and adapted curriculum while studying under professors who share your passion and who can mentor you in your journey.

Empowering teachers to succeed is important, so at Liberty, you can earn your MAT degree for 30% less than other online schools – at only $415 per credit hour for full-time enrollment. With our online format, this special rate makes the MAT one of our most flexible and affordable master’s programs.

Liberty University’s School of Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). With excellent and affordable online education, Liberty’s online MAT in Special Education can help you meet licensure requirements and set you up for success in your teaching career.

Liberty’s MAT in Special Education online will allow you to pursue 3 special education teaching endorsements instead of pursuing them separately.

  • Create lesson plans and provide intellectual stimulation for students with special needs
  • Learn to provide students with mild disabilities with a K-12 structure in the general curriculum endorsement
  • Meet significant student needs by creating individualized support and care in the adapted curriculum endorsement

Topics covered within this program include educational behavior and development, theories and methodologies of education, current trends in the education field, and classroom management methods. You can also learn how to make decisions about student progress, instruction, programs, placement, and transitional services. Learning how to assess students and prepare them for independent living can make a huge difference in their future endeavors as they move into the community and either enter the workforce or continue with further education.

To round out your degree, you’ll complete at least 90 practicum hours and at least 2 full semesters of student teaching – one for each type of curriculum prior to graduation. Check out our featured courses below for more information!

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Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
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  • 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.