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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 by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Have Questions? Contact:

Dr. Holly McCartney

Dr. Holly McCartney
Program Coordinator
mccarthb@jmu.edu 

Why JMU?
  • James Madison University is committed to preparing passionate teachers who determine the future of our youth and the world they will inhabit.
  • Reputation matters. Principals consistently tell us they want JMU graduates in their schools and classrooms.
Program Highlights
  • Can be completed in a year and a half
  • Courses offered in late afternoon, evening, & summer.
  • 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.

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