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Early Childhood Education (M.A.T.)

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Are you wanting to be certified as an early childhood teacher? Do you believe in the possibilities for all young children and in your role as an early childhood education teacher in realizing and expanding these possibilities?

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in early childhood education meets D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states, for teaching children ages 3-8. Our program prepares you to enter this growing field with confidence in your skills as a teacher and with certainty in your breadth of knowledge about young learners.

Our master’s degree teacher preparation program in early childhood education complements Trinity’s other programs in early childhood education, including associate’s degree programs at THEARC and on our main campus, our bachelor’s degree program, and our master’s degree program in educational administration with a specialization in early childhood education centers and schools.

All of our early childhood programs provide you with a core of knowledge, skills and field-based experiences designed to develop your ability to impact student learning.

Inclusive Education Dual Licensure

The Trinity School of Education offers the first and only dual licensure MAT program in the District of Columbia. MAT candidates seeking a dual licensure will receive licensure in their primary focus area AND special education. This option requires candidates to take four courses in special education in addition to their course sequence in their primary focus area in early childhood education, elementary education or secondary education. Click here to learn more about the dual licensure.

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Featured Courses

EDCC 530 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth EDCC 541 Foundations of Education and the Art of Teaching and Learning EDTE 610 Early Childhood Development in Family and Culture EDTE 612 Constructing and Integrating the Early Childhood Curriculum EDTE 613 Developing Concepts in Early Childhood Mathematics and Science EDTE 627 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Emergent and Early Readers EDTE 671 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education

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Career Paths

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Childcare Provider
  • Head Start Teacher

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Trinity’s M.A.T. program in early childhood education is state approved, accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.) and nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.). Course syllabi and classroom activities reflect the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (I.N.T.A.S.C.).

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