The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education is designed for students who are seeking a graduate degree and initial licensure to teach young children from birth to second grade. The program also offers the opportunity to earn initial licensure without a graduate degree by enrolling in the Teacher Licensure Program (TLP). The program provides a solid academic course of study as well as diverse, dynamic and enriching learning experiences aimed at preparing high quality teachers who will provide young children with a strong 21st-century foundation for learning and development. Graduates of the program will acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for working effectively with typically and atypically developing children in diverse learning environments. The graduate degree with initial licensure program is composed of 36 credit hours designed to be completed in as few as five semesters, including one summer, while the Teacher Licensure only program (TLP) is composed of 33 credit hours.

Credit hours required: 36


The program admits students for the fall semester only.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education and the courses offered toward the degree.

Early Childhood Education, M.A.T.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Teacher Education at (773) 442-5380.

Teacher Education

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