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Master of Arts in Teaching - Special Education

Current or aspiring special education teachers who wish to undertake advanced studies in instructional, assessment, and behavior management methods could benefit from Liberty University's Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

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Program Prerequisites:

Before entering this Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education program, potential students should hold a bachelor's degree and possess an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Strong assessment, communication, and organizational skills are important for this program and profession. Applicants to Liberty University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Collaboration, intervention, and assessment strategies and methods are among the main topics explored in the Special Education cognate of Liberty University's Master of Arts in Teaching program. Students could expect to learn about the types and characteristics of learning and intellectual disabilities, curriculum development for student achievement, positive approaches in behavioral management, and methods for identifying those with special needs. Other topics addressed in the program might include learning theory, special education documentation, standardized and teacher-made test interpretation methods, curriculum design, and materials and instructional strategies for teaching math and reading. Supervised field practicums in an actual learning environment and a student teaching experience are included in this program.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education:

To earn this degree, students must complete 12 credits each in initial education core, special education cognate, and professional courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Initial Education Core Courses (12 credits)

  • Learning Theory
  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Foundations of Exceptionality
  • Tests and Measurements

Special Education Cognate Courses (12 credits)

  • Collaborating for Successful Inclusive Classrooms
  • Collaborating for Successful Transitions
  • Educational Assessment and Intervention
  • Principles of Behavior Management

Professional Courses (12 credits)

  • Practicum in Special Education II: External
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Reading and Language Acquisition
  • Curriculum Fundamentals
  • Practicum in Education I: External
  • Student Teaching

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates who seek teacher licensure might consider the Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Special Education to be a terminal degree; however, those who intend to pursue advanced positions could enroll in a doctoral degree program. A doctorate might be necessary to obtain higher-level administrative positions in public or private schools or postsecondary institutions.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Ph.D. in Education - Special Education
  • Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist - Educational Leadership

Career Paths:

After completing the MAT - Special Education program and obtaining necessary licensure, graduates could be prepared to apply managerial and instructional skills in special education classrooms. Their job responsibilities as a licensed special education teacher could include creating lesson plans, adapting curriculum for special needs students, applying behavioral management techniques, developing IEPs, and assessing the needs and performance of special education students.

  • Elementary teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher

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