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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Early Childhood Education / Special Education

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  • M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education / Special Education (36 credits)

    Students who complete this program will be eligible for Preschool through Grade Three Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing and Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement. The state requires that candidates possess a liberal arts major on an undergraduate degree or 60 liberal arts credits on an undergraduate degree.

    New matriculation requirements for graduate students seeking teacher certification: 

    1. GPA of 3.0 (The Dean’s Office may grant permission for a student to enter the program with a GPA below 3.0, but all students must achieve a 3.0 to qualify for certification.)
    2. Passing score on Praxis Core (or SAT, ACT, GRE waiver)
    3. Passing score on the COE TOW&R assessment

    Students may take up to 6 graduate credits before matriculating into a graduate program.


    Undergraduate Prerequisites 

    Students must complete or present evidence that the following courses or acceptable equivalent have been completed as part of their bachelor's degree:

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    BIOL 103 or
    BIOL 104

    Human Sexual Biology or The Human Body or NJDOE Hygiene Test

    3

    INTD 149 Human and Intercultural Relations

    3

    MATH 205 Problem Solving

    3

    PSYC 150 Development: Birth through Adolescence

    3

    *View our undergraduate catalog for descriptions of undergraduate courses.


     Early Childhood Education P-3 Certification/TOSD Endorsement Sequence 

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    Phase I (9 credits) 

    ECE 624

    Introduction to Urban Early Childhood Special Education: Establishing a Positive Urban Educational Environment for All Young Children

    3

    ECE 634 Family, Child and School Interaction

    3

    ECE 610 Child Study as a Basis for Educational Planning

    3

    Phase II (9 credits) 
    SPEC 620 Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum and Program Development

    3

    ECE 638 Theory into Practice: Language Arts PreK-K (offered fall only)

    3

    SPEC 669 Developing Communication Skills in the Atypical Child

    3

    Phase III (10 credits) 
    ECE 606 Early Childhood Special Education Field Experience II, including Portfolio Development

    1

    ECE 639 Theory into Practice: Making Meaning Grades 1-3 (offered spring only)

    3

    SPEC 656 Curriculum Development in Early Primary Grades including Modifications and Materials for Students with Disabilities

    3

    ECE 631 Early Childhood Curriculum and Program

    3

    Phase IV (8 credits) 
    All students must pass Early Childhood
    Content Knowledge Praxis II (0022) prior to Phase IV

    ECE 605 Early Childhood Special Education Teaching Internship

    4

    ECE 608 Student Teaching Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education

    1

    SPEC 679 Classroom Management/Classroom Behavior and Positive Behavior Supports

    3

      Total Credits 

     36 

    *View our graduate catalog for course descriptions.