Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education is designed for students seeking a graduate degree and Licensure to teach young children age 0-8 years. The program provides solid academic course of study as well as diverse, dynamic and enriching learning experiences. The program is aimed at preparing high quality teachers to give young children a strong 21st century foundation for learning and development. Graduates of the program will acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for working effectively with typically and atypically developing children in diverse learning environments. The program is composed of 42 credit hours:

Goals of the Program

Graduates of the program will:

  1. Acquire deep understanding of the process of human development and learning from birth to age 8 and familiarize with the field of Early Childhood Education from historical, philosophical, theoretical and practical perspectives including legislation and the role of parents

  2. Develop enriched awareness of research in educating young children and how such research informs practice to make learning effective and efficient, and also to expand the theoretical base in the field of early childhood education.

  3. Build solid academic subject matter content and professional competencies appropriate for 21st century demands of effective teaching, assessment and overall professional practice in the field of Early Childhood Education

  4. Experience working with young children and their families from diverse backgrounds and develop rapport with schools, communities and professional organizations including NAEYC

  5. Develop comprehensive sets of interpersonal, technological, research, pedagogical and assessment skills to work with young children at different developmental and ability levels in school settings and beyond in ways that are reflective of the 21st century dynamics and challenges.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MAT in ECED program will provide evidence that they have:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 Scale)
  3. Successful completion of the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or have an ACT (plus writing) score of 22 or higher.
  4. Three professional references who are conversant with applicant’s scholarship and experiences with children

NOTE:  Conditional admission to the MAT- ECED may be granted to an applicant whose undergraduate GPA falls slightly below the 3.0 requirement but who is otherwise highly qualified.  Consideration will be made on an individual basis after a face-to-face interview with the applicant.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework may be accepted into the program upon evaluation of the coursework and determination of equivalence in scope and content.

Retention Requirements

  • Maintain at least 3.0 GPA (4.0 Scale)
  • Complete required coursework
  • Pass ILTS Content Area Test (Required before placement in ECED 429, Internship).

EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAT DEGREE completion:

  1. Successful completion of the required courses (42 credit hours) including 135 hour practicum at 3 levels: Infant/Toddler, Preschool/PreK and School Age - Grade 1 to 3.
  2. Completion of an action research project - ECED-412.
  3. Passing the ILTS Content Area Test
  4. Passing ECED 429 (16 week full-time internship in ECED) with a grade of B or higher.
  5. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

exit requirements for program completion/entitlement:

  1. Successful completion of the Exit Requirements for the MAT-ECED degree.
  2. Evidence of passing the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

The Curriculum

The program is composed of 42 credit hours:

  1. Professional Core constituting 18 credit hours (these include early pre-clinical experiences embedded in courses)
  2. Methods courses constituting 12 credit hours in
    1. Language Arts, Music and Art
    2. Reading
    3. Math, Science, and Social Studies
    4. Teaching English Learners
  3. Practicum and internship constituting 9 hours
  4. A research project constituting 3 credit hours

Course Offerings

Core Courses
ECED-402Application Of Learning Theories To Early Childhood Education3
ECED-407Family, Child And Teacher Interaction In Early Childhood Education3
SPED-481Principles Of Diagnosis And Teaching The Child With Special Needs Aged Three To Six Years3
ECED-408Language Acquistion And Intervention Strategies For Teachers Of Young Children3
ECED-410Curriculum Development In Early Childhood Education3
ECED-403Early Childhood Assessment3
Methods Courses
ECED-411BPracticum In Early Childhood Education (04 Certification)3
LTCY-501Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades3
ECED-452Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music & Art In Early Childhood3
ECED-455Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science & Social Studies In Early Childhood3
BLBC-440Methods For Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
ECED-412Research Seminar In Early Childhood Education3
ECED 429 - Internship/Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education6
Total Hours42

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
ECED-408Language Acquistion And Intervention Strategies For Teachers Of Young Children3
ECED-410Curriculum Development In Early Childhood Education3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
ECED-452Methods Of Teaching Language Arts, Music Art In Early Childhood3
ECED-455Methods Of Teaching Mathematics, Science Social Studies In Early Childhood3
SPED-481Principles Of Diagnosis And Teaching The Child With Special Needs Aged Three To Six Years3
 Term Hours9
Term 3
ECED-402Application Of Learning Theories To Early Childhood Education3
LTCY-501Literacy Instruction In Elementary Grades3
ECED-411BPracticum In Early Childhood Education (04 Certification)3
 Term Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
ECED-403Early Childhood Assessment3
ECED-407Family, Child And Teacher Interaction In Early Childhood Education3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
ECED-412Research Seminar In Early Childhood Education3
BLBC-440Methods For Teaching English Learners In Diverse Classrooms3
 Term Hours6
Third Year
Term 1
ECED-429Internship/Student Teaching In Early Childhood Education3
 Term Hours3
 Total Hours: 39