Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

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Liberty University’s, NCATE accredited, Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is designed to provide you with the degree you need to earn your teaching licensure in the following areas: elementary, secondary, or special education. This degree will build your knowledge in the foundations of education, human development, and instructional strategies. Accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System, this degree is also a state-approved program for initial licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements.

You may also be interested in exploring our master degree in Education or School Counseling.



Accreditations and Awards


Program Format


  • The Education Department will verify that students have completed one of Liberty’s Virginia state-approved licensure programs. Students should verify any additional licensure requirements with their home state. For state approval information, visit

Potential Career Options

  • Teacher / Educator

The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 6 percent employment growth for elementary school teachers. The number of classes needed to accommodate an increasing amount of students coming into elementary schools over the next decade. Employment growth varies by region, and population disbursement. *

In the field of Special Education, screening and identification of various disibilities takes place earlier in a child’s life, which impacts enrollment in special education programs. Employment is projected to grow 6 percent to the year 2024, but growth is in this field is largely determined by government funding because laws dictate the amount of special education services offered through public education. *

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) (Education | Special Education) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Information obtained on September 19, 2017.


Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching must select a specialization.

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