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

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

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The School of Education at Liberty University offers numerous graduate programs at the master’s level online. The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for individuals who do not have prior teaching experience. This is the perfect program for students interested in earning their teaching licensure in the following areas: elementary, secondary, or special education.

Courses allow the student to specialize in one of three licensure specializations. Student teaching requirements will also be completed in the specialized licensure field. Licensure in the state of Virginia requires that students meet all necessary criteria. Certain prerequisites may be required by Liberty Online’s School of Education for those seeking to become candidates in the master's program, specifically from students with a non-educational undergraduate background or individuals who meet the equivalent of an academic major in a liberal arts area. Students in the Master of Arts in Teaching must choose a specialization.

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. Learn more about program-specific accreditations.

Review the advising guide for specifics concerning your program.


Quick Facts

Program Delivery Format

Credit Hours

  • 36 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.


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


Degree Requirements

  • Three credit hour internship/student teaching


  • 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

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