The Early Childhood Education department provides leadership in meeting the educational and professional needs of students preparing for careers as teachers and other school personnel. The department is committed to building and sustaining a learning community that provides high quality instruction for persons seeking careers in urban educational environments.:
The M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education leads to initial P-3 certification (30 credits) and to a MAT degree upon completion of an additional six credits. The certification courses focus on developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum and the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be an effective early childhood teacher.
The M.A.T. in Early Childhood /Special Education leads to both P-3, Preschool through third grade, and Teacher of Students with Disabilities certifications. This degree prepares candidates to teach in inclusive settings for young children with exceptional needs. Candidates learn what is needed to provide high-quality early childhood programs.