Teaching in Special Education (M.A.T.) - Early Childhood Special Education

Teaching in Special Education (M.A.T.) - Early Childhood Special Education

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2020 through summer 2021. 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 

Core Courses
EDSP 521Foundations of Exceptionality3
EDSP 522Special Education and Disability Law3
EDSP 622Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education3
EDUC 504Educational Philosophy and Theories of Learning3
EDUC 623Principles of Behavior Management3
Total Hours15
Special Education Early Childhood Cognate
EDSP 519Characteristics and Medical Aspects of Severe Disabilities3
EDSP 534Individualized Programming and Curriculum 1,23
EDUC 554Reading and Language Acquisition3
EDUC 651Language and Literacy for Diverse Populations 2,33
EDUC 670Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood3
Total Hours15
Gate & Field Experience Courses
EDGT 520School of Education Gate 1 – MAT Initial Licensure0
EDGT 560School of Education Gate 2 – MAT Initial Licensure0
EDGT 580School of Education Gate 3 – MAT Initial Licensure 10
EDSP 588Initial Licensure Practicum in Special Education I 2,30
EDSP 688Practicum in Special Education II: External 3,40
Total Hours0
Student Teaching Courses
EDST 587The Reflective Practitioner: Resource Seminar – Special Education 13
Choose one of the following:3
Student Teaching Local 1,2,3
Student Teaching Local – Own Classroom 1,2,3
Student Teaching External 1,2,3
Student Teaching External – Own Classroom 1,2,3
Total Hours6

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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