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Graduate Snapshot - Early, Elementary and Reading Education

Description of Program:

Master of Arts in Teaching with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)(M.A.T.)

The early childhood M.A.T. program includes GPSYC 160, EDUC 300 and 45 graduate credit hours of early childhood course work. Applicants' transcripts are reviewed to identify any prerequisite course work and to verify content knowledge requirements.

Master of Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education with a concentration in early childhood education is designed for preschool and kindergarten through third grade teachers who want to extend their professional competence through an in-depth examination of their own practice using the perspectives of child development theories and the knowledge of current research in early childhood education.

Master of Arts in Teaching with a Concentration in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3)(M.A.T.)

This program is a continuation of the undergraduate program. The inclusive early childhood program draws heavily from research and theories in child development, family systems, special education, differentiated teaching and learning. Through course work and extensive field experiences, the teacher candidate is prepared to design activities that have an interdisciplinary focus, reflect an understanding of the individual child's development and learning, recognize the importance of family and developmental influences, support the young child in constructing knowledge about self and the world, and involve parents in supporting the child's growth and development.

Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Elementary Education (PreK-6)(M.A.T.)

This program is a continuation of the undergraduate program. This additional graduate year, following successful completion of the JMU elementary education program, results in licensure PreK-6 and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Drawn from research and theories in child development, teaching and learning, the course work and field experiences prepare teacher candidates to employ an interdisciplinary approach to instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse nature of learners and their families.

Master of Education with a Concentration in Reading Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program with a concentration in reading education is intended for experienced classroom teachers who want to prepare to become reading intervention teachers or reading specialists.

Degrees Offered:
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Concentration:
Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)
Elementary Education (PreK-6)
Reading Education

Program Website: http://www.jmu.edu/coe/eere/

Catalog Website: http://www.jmu.edu/gradcatalog/13/programs/eere.html