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M.A.T. students make the grade on industry test

November 05, 2009  |  University Advancement staff

Praxis II may sound like a sci-fi sequel, but it is very real to candidates in Liberty University Online’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program who recently achieved an astounding 99 percent pass rate. The assessment test measures a student’s subject knowledge and skills required for teacher licensure in Virginia and 38 other states.

“This is a great accomplishment that shows the School of Education’s ability to cover the required content for successfully passing these rigorous licensure exams,” said Dr. Beth Ackerman, associate dean at the School of Education.

The 99 percent pass rate includes students in the special education, elementary education and secondary education licensure programs offered through Liberty University Online.

The Praxis I tests measure basic academic skills, and the Praxis II tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.

The Praxis tests are just one of the many ways Liberty’s education students demonstrate the knowledge to become effective educators. The School of Education also assesses students’ skills and dispositions through benchmark assignments, portfolio development and field experience — preparing students for private, Christian and public school environments.

Liberty’s School of Education is accredited through ACSI (Associate of Christian Schools International) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).