A student teacher works with a child

James Madison University is committed to preparing passionate teachers who determine the future of our youth and the world they will inhabit.

1 1/2 years to complete the program
12-week internship and field experiences
NAEYC accredited




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Description of Program

The mission of the ECED M.A.T. is to prepare professional early childhood teachers who provide developmentally appropriate programming for children in educational settings. Candidates are prepared to:

  • Make effective decisions about curriculum and instructional methods based on an understanding of the whole child, child development theory and research on best practices.
  • Interact and communicate effectively with young children.
  • Assess children's growth and development using multiple data sources.
  • Communicate effectively and work cooperatively with parents/families, school personnel and the broader community.
  • Engage other professionals, colleagues and administrators in support of children as members of a learning community.

Candidates in the program are expected to demonstrate commitment to their own professional growth and development; to follow standards of ethical professional behavior and practice; to advocate on behalf of all children, their families and early childhood education; and to become educational leaders.

Degree Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)


Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)

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