Master in Early Childhood Education

James Madison University

Program Description

Master in Early Childhood Education

James Madison University

The Early Childhood Education Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) prepares college graduates to become professional early childhood teachers who provide developmentally-appropriate programming for children in educational settings.Candidates are prepared to:

  • Make effective decisions about curriculum and instructional methods based on an understanding of the whole child, child development theory and research on best practices.
  • Interact and communicate effectively with young children.
  • Assess children's growth and development using multiple data sources.
  • Communicate effectively and work cooperatively with parents/families, school personnel and the broader community.
  • Engage other professionals, colleagues and administrators in support of children as members of a learning community.

Candidates in the program are expected to demonstrate commitment to their own professional growth and development; to follow standards of ethical professional behavior and practice; to advocate on behalf of all children, their families and early childhood education; and to become educational leaders.

Degree Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Concentration

Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)

Program Highlights

  • Can be completed in a year and a half
  • Courses offered in late afternoon, evening, & summer.
  • Field experiences involve participation in area schools one full day per week for two semesters and culminate with a full time student teaching internship for 12 weeks during the final semester.

Preparing Teachers for Early Learner Settings

The Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education offers graduate and undergraduate programs in literacy, early, and elementary education that are approved by the Virginia Department of Education and accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

All programs have an extensive fieldwork component that assures students varied opportunities for experiences working with children and families. The department also operates the Young Children's Program, a laboratory preschool for three- and four-year-olds. The Reading Center, a collection of current children's literature, supports all professional education licensure programs. Programs and faculty are housed in Memorial Hall.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 16, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
18 months
Full time
Price
Price
40,623 USD
Estimated tuition and fees for international students for 18-month program. Living expenses additional.
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USA - Harrisonburg, Virginia
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