Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (M.A.T.) - 45 hours

Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (M.A.T.) - 45 hours


Liberty University strives to produce educators who model high academic, moral, and spiritual standards before their peers, and who have dedicated their lives to educational leadership. Concurrent with this goal, the graduate programs offered by the School of Education are designed to prepare candidates for effective educational leadership in Christian, public, and private schools.

Program Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (45 hours) program:

  1. Knows Biblical values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with academic knowledge
  2. Implements skills as a gift from God, because teaching/leadership is a calling from God
  3. Believes and practices personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity
  • 1a. The candidate formulates knowledge of learner development, learning differences, and learning environments. (InTASC Domain 1 The learner and learning )
  • 1b. The candidate demonstrates knowledge of the literature of the discipline area and the application of content to connect concepts and engage learners. (InTASC Domain 2 Content)
  • 2a. The candidate plans instruction using multiple methods of assessment and instructional strategies to develop a deep understanding of the content for all learners. (InTASC Domain 3 Instructional practice)
  • 3a. The candidate develops a Biblical worldview and professional responsibility through ongoing reflection and professional development experiences where opportunities are provided for leadership and collaboration with stakeholders.(InTASC Domain 4 Professional responsibility)
  • 4a. The candidate uses evidence-based practices and knowledge of pedagogical theory in all content areas to assess, plan, and teach K-12 students.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission procedures, specific admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (M.A.T.) 45-hours program are:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.).
  2. GPA of at least a 2.50 on a 4.00 scale (cautionary admission is an option if the candidate has at least a 2.00).
  3. TOEFL Scores for candidates who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper–based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

Transfer of Credit

All graduate transfer credits are subject to the approval of the School of Education (SOE) Graduate Committee. Such courses must carry a grade of at least a B- and be comparable to Liberty University graduate courses. Transfer credit will only be considered from institutions or schools accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. With approval, up to 18 hours may be transferred into the M.A.T. programs. It is the responsibility of each applicant to supply official transcripts along with a written request to have credit applied to the degree program. Transfer credits must have been completed within the previous ten (10) years.

Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

  • Special Education Teacher – Adaptive Curriculum
  • Special Education Teacher – Early Childhood Special Educator
  • Special Education Teacher – Inclusion
  • Special Education Teacher – General Curriculum
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  • Family Support Specialist
  • Consultant
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