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.
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)
- 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:
Last updated October 16, 2018