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Master of Arts in Teaching: Early Childhood Education

College of Education


Name: Selina Mushi
Phone: (773)442-5382
Link: Department Website


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education will provide a Master of Arts degree and Type 04 Certification for teaching young children age 0-8 years. The program is designed to prepare high quality teachers to give young children a strong 21st century foundation for learning and development. Our diverse and dynamic faculty will ensure academically solid groundwork and enriching learning experiences for students.

Is this for me?

If you like the curious, enthusiastic and investigative nature of young children's approach to learning, you will find your course of study both exciting and enlightening throughout your coursework and field experiences. Upon graduation and certification you will enjoy a very rewarding career - teaching young children.


Research in the last few decades has highlighted the importance of providing young children a strong foundation for development and learning.There is therefore renewed interest in high quality Early Childhood Education in the US; and the need for qualified professionals to work with young children in increasingly diverse and challenging settings. A graduate teaching degree with Type 04 Certification is an un-diminishing asset. Our graduates will be sought after both within Chicago and beyond. There will be a possibility to student-teach outside the United States (e.g. in South Korea) for interested students.

The MAT ECED 39 Credit Hour Program includes: Coursework, Field Experiences and Research Project