MAT: Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Teaching: Early Childhood Education

The MAT in Early Childhood Education integrates theory and practice to create a program that will prepare you to work with children from diverse backgrounds, economic situations, cultures, and abilities. The program is reflects the State of Michigan Early Childhood and Special Education standards and can help to prepare you to earn the ZS endorsement. In addition, the program emphasizes leading edge classroom technology, new developments in curriculum, learning and motivation theory, and a culminating school-based research project.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:
• create healthy, respectful, and supportive learning environments for young children that reflect an understanding of multiple and interrelated influences on learning, typical and atypical child development, and that are aligned with the Michigan State Board of Education’s Universal Education Vision and Principles.
• engage in respectful, reciprocal relationships with families in order to involve them in their children’s development and learning.
• articulate an understanding of the complex characteristics of families and communities as reflected in the Michigan State Board of Education Universal Education Vision and Principles.
• conduct themselves as ethical, reflective practitioners in the field of Early Childhood Education.
• integrate disciplinary knowledge with developmentally appropriate practice to design learning experiences that include educational technology and positive behavior supports in early childhood education settings.
• assess effectively and responsibly in early childhood education settings using valid instruments, systematic  observation, and professional documentation.
• advocate for young children and families by adopting an evidence-based and collaborative approach founded on high-quality relationships with families and colleagues.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MAT: Early Childhood Education program is determined on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Possession of a bachelor degree from a regionally-accredited institution, with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (An average of less than 3.0 will be reviewed for conditional admission.)
2. Two completed recommendation forms from current supervisors or professional associates.
3. Applicants wishing the ZS endorsement must hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate with elementary-level endorsement, current or expired. An expired certificate must be renewed to be endorsed.
4. Prior or concurrent teaching experience.
5. Admission interview with the Director of the Early Childhood Education program.