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Elementary Education (M.A.T.)

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Do you want to attain certification as an elementary school teacher? Do you want to empower learners, families and communities  both today’s and tomorrow’s?

Our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in elementary education meets D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states, for teaching grades 1 through 6. As an elementary educator, you will have the opportunity to initiate change in young learners and their families.

If you believe in the possibilities for all children and your role as a teacher in realizing and expanding these possibilities, come learn and practice the science and art of teaching in Trinity’s classrooms and in elementary classrooms. You will gain a core of knowledge, skills and field-based experiences designed to develop your ability to impact student learning at the elementary level.

Our master’s degree teacher preparation program in elementary education complements Trinity’s other programs in early childhood education, including our bachelor’s degree program in elementary education offered in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences.

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 622 Teaching for Scientific Inquiry EDTE 623 Language, Literature, and Culture EDTE 627 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Emergent and Early Readers EDTE 628 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Upper Elementary Readers EDTE 689 Advanced Seminar in Teaching

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Career Paths

  • Classroom Teacher (Grades 1-6)

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Trinity’s M.A.T. program in elementary education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.) and is nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (A.C.E.I.). It is a state-approved teacher preparation program that prepares individuals for teacher licensure (grades 1-6) granted by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (O.S.S.E.).

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