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Early Childhood Education:
Master of Arts in Teaching

The ECED M.A.T. Program is designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in a career as a teacher of young children. The program offers a graduate degree, Master of Arts in Teaching, and a Virginia teaching license in early childhood education (Prek-3). Through a sequence of courses and related field experiences, candidates are prepared to teach young children in preschool through primary grades. The program is fully accredited and aligned with the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The program can be completed in a year and a half. Field experiences involve participation in area schools one full day per week for two semesters and culminate with a full time student teaching internship for 12 weeks during the final semester. Students currently working in classrooms may be permitted to use a portion of that experience toward meeting practicum requirements.  All classes except practicum are offered in late afternoon and evenings.

Course Information

 Semester Offered

ECED 508 (3) Observation & Study of Young Children
Prerequisite-GPsych 160 or equivalent
ECED 511 (3) ECED Practicum with Attention to Diversity            fall
ECED 512 (3) Facilitating Children's Natural & Social Science Constructions            fall
READ 566 (3) Literacy Acquisition & the Development of the Young Reader            fall
ECED 544 (3) Children & Mathematics in Grades P/K-3          spring
ECED 611 (3) ECED Practicum with Attention to Special Education
Prerequisite-ECED 511
ECED 609 (3) Constructivist Curriculum
Prerequisite-ECED 508
READ 636 (3) Primary Grades Literacy Learning
Prerequisite-READ 566
ECED 510 (3) Creativity and the Arts in ECED        summer
      2nd 6 wks
ELED 632 (3) Inquiry in Elementary Education
Prerequisite-ECED 609
      2nd 6 wks
ECED 641 (2) Schools & Families in ECED
Corequisite-ECED 690
ELED 633 (1) Seminar in Education Inquiry
Corequisite-ECED 690
ECED 690 (6) Student Teaching Internship in ECED
Prerequisites-ECED 510, 512, 544, 611, READ 636, ELED 632



Fall I


(2nd 6 weeks)
Fall II
GPSYC 160(3) ECED 508(3) ECED 544(3) ELED 632(3) ECED 690(6)
EDUC 300(3) ECED 511(3) ECED 611(3) ECED 510(3) ELED 633(1)
--- ECED 512(3) ECED 609(3) --- ECED 641(2)
Other content READ 566(3) READ 636(3) --- ---


12 credits

12 credits

6 credits 9 credits

Links to additional information

JMU catalog information:

Program Description
Course Descriptions

Program Handbook

Application Process

Frequently-Asked Questions

Graduate Assistantships

NAEYC Licensing Standards

Registering for Classes


Contact Dr. Holly McCartney
Program Coordinator