MAT in Early Childhood Education

MAT in Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education leads to initial P-3 certification and to a MAT degree. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible for the New Jersey Preschool through Grade Three Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing endorsement. Coursework focuses on developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum and the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be an effective early childhood teacher.

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All master’s degree candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts major or 60 liberal arts credits, including the following courses or their equivalents:

MATH 215: Problem Solving in Math (3cr)

WGST 110: Diversity and Difference (3cr)

BIO 225: Human Sexual Bio for GEP (3cr)

ECE 212: Human Development: Prenatal to Adolescence (3cr)
or PSYC 150: Development, Birth to Adolescence (3cr)

Program Requirements (39 credits):

Phase I. Students may take up to 6 credits in Phase I prior to passing the Praxis CORE.

ECE 610: Child Study (3cr)

ECE 624: Intro to Urban Early Childhood/Special Ed. (3cr)

ECE 631: Early Childhood Curriculum and Programs (3cr)

ECE 634: Family, Child, and School Interaction (3cr)

ECE 638: Theory into Practice: Language Arts PreK-K (3cr)








Phase II. Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of Phase I, passing score on the Praxis CORE (unless exempt)

ECE 604: Build. Mean Curric/Develop Prac in Soc. Stud. & Arts (3cr)

ECE 623: Early Childhood Practicum (1cr)

ECE 639: Theory into Practice: Language Arts 1-3  (3cr)

ECE 656: Build Mean Curric/Deve. Prac in Math & Sci. (3cr)

SPEC 620: Early Child. Special Ed. Cur. & Program Develop I (3cr)






Phase III. Students must pass the Early Childhood Content Knowledge Praxis II (5025) prior to Phase III.

ECE 650: Internship (4cr)

ECE 651: Internship Seminar (1cr)

ECE 655: Classroom Mgt. Positive Behavior Supports (3cr)









To complete the M.A.T. degree, candidates must complete the following course:

ECE 635: Early Childhood Research Seminar (3cr)


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