Teaching (M.A.T.) - Middle Grades Education

Teaching (M.A.T.) - Middle Grades Education

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2019 through summer 2020. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

After completion of the required program coursework (including student teaching), content competencies (if applicable), and the passing of licensure tests, the graduate of this program would be eligible for a VA state teaching license.
Initial Education Core Courses
EDUC 500Learning Theory3
EDUC 504Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
EDUC 521Foundations of Exceptionality3
EDUC 606Tests and Measurements3
Middle Grades Education Cognate
EDUC 571Curriculum Fundamentals 1,23
EDUC 601Professional Development in Middle Grades Education3
or EDUC 602 Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities
EDUC 632Language Acquisition and Instruction3
Choose three credit hours of the following:3
Teaching Science in the Middle School
Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School
Teaching Literacy in the Middle School
Professional Courses
EDUC 588Practicum in Education I: External 3,40
EDUC 59_Student Teaching 2,4,53
EDUC 623Principles of Behavior Management3
EDUC 625Content Instructional Procedures 4,63
EDUC 656Teaching Content Area Reading 3,43
EDUC 688Practicum in Education II: External 4,60
Total Hours36


  • Refer to the Middle Grades Education Content Competency Chart. Competencies must be met prior to student teaching

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 36 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • No grade of D or below may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • Degree must be completed within 5 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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