Teaching (M.A.T.) - Middle Grades Education (45 hrs.)

Teaching (M.A.T.) - Middle Grades Education (45 hrs.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2021 through summer 2022. 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 504Educational Philosophy and Theories of Learning3
EDUC 510Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 606Tests and Measurements3
EDUC 623Principles of Behavior Management3
Total Hours12
Middle Grades Education Cognate
EDUC 571Curriculum Fundamentals 13
EDUC 632Literacy and Language Instruction3
Choose one of the following:3
Professional Development in Middle Grades Education
Young Adolescents, Schools and Communities
Choose one of the following courses:3
Teaching Science in the Middle School
Teaching Social Studies in the Middle School
Mathematics Instruction and Learning for K-8
Literacy for Middle Level Learners
Total Hours12
Education Elective Courses
Education Elective 13
Education Elective 13
Education Elective 13
Total Hours9
Professional Courses
EDUC 625Content Instructional Procedures 1,23
EDUC 656Literacy Across the Curriculum 1,33
Total Hours6
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 Licensure0
EDUC 588Initial Licensure Practicum I 1,20
EDUC 688Initial Licensure Practicum II 1,30
Total Hours0
Student Teaching
EDST 585The Reflective Practitioner: Resource Seminar-Middle/Secondary3
Choose one of the following:3
EDST 590Student Teaching Local 1,2,33
EDST 591Student Teaching Local – Own Classroom 2,33
EDST 592Student Teaching External 2,33
EDST 593Student Teaching External – Own Classroom 2,33
Total Hours18


  • 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 45 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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