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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?

Trinity’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) in Early Childhood Education program prepares individuals to meet D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states, for teaching children ages pre-kindergarten to third grade. 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.

Through a sequenced course of study, students gain knowledge, skills, and experiences in preparation for certification. Many of the professional education courses include a practicum, internship, or other field experiences in addition to regular class meetings.

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.

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

Core Requirements (18 credits) EDCC 510 Human Growth and Development EDCC 530 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth EDCC 541 Foundations of Education and the Art of Teaching and Learning EDCC 542 Positive Approaches to Teaching Students with Challenging Behavior EDCC 600 Research in Education EDCC 606 Assessment and Preparation of Individualized Learning Prescriptions Specialization (12 credits) EDTE 610 Early Childhood Development in Family and Culture EDTE 611 Literacy Development Across the Curriculum EDTE 613 Developing Concepts in Early Childhood Mathematics and Science EDTE 627 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Emergent and Early Readers Student Teaching (6 credits) EDTRE 671 EDTE 689 Advanced Seminar in Teaching

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Career Paths

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

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Sample student teaching sites include:

School for Friends
Perry Street Preparatory
Cleveland Elementary
Oyster-Adams Bilingual School

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All School of Education programs are approved by the DC State Education Agency, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and meet requirements for state certification.

Trinity’s initial-license and advanced-level Education programs are accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Individual teacher preparation programs hold recognition from Specialized Professional Associations, as follows:

  • Early Childhood Education:  the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Educational Administration:  the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
  • Elementary Education:  the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Special Education:  the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Licensure and Certification Notification

The teacher education preparation program at Trinity Washington University is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Successful completion of a teacher education academic program (ECE, ELE, SPED, SEC, SPEECE, SPEELE, SPESEC) at Trinity Washington University will meet the education requirements necessary to pursue initial teacher licensure in the District of Columbia and most states in which a student intends to practice. Some states have additional requirements such as completion of First Aid training or courses in Multiculturalism, Diversity, etc. Students should contact the appropriate state licensing board to determine if the program at Trinity Washington University can lead to licensure in that state and what, if any, additional licensure requirements exist in that state. Trinity stands ready to assist with state licensure questions, and students should consult with their advisor, program director or Dean, in case of doubt.

You may access teacher certification requirements by state, including information regarding state reciprocity here:

You may also access certification requirements and contact information for your state department of education at the Federal Department of Education here:

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