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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).

The program is fully accredited through the Council for Acceditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and aligned with the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Have Questions? Contact:

Dr. Holly McCartney

Dr. Holly McCartney
Program Coordinator 

Admission Criteria
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with GPA 2.75 or higher
  • Two references
  • Application Essay
  • Content prerequisites on a transcript review conducted by the program director
  • Faculty interview
  • Passing scores on both Praxis Core Math and VCLA
  • Prerequisite courses include (but are not imited to)
    • PSYC 160 Lifespan Human Development (3 credits)
    • EDUC 300 Foundations of American Education (3 Credits)
Field Experiences
  • Involve participation in area schools one full day per week for two semesters
  • Culminate with a full-time student teaching internship for 12 weeks during the final semester
Program Highlights
  • Can be completed in a year and a half
  • Courses are offered in late afternoon, evening and summer in cohort fashion
  • Principals consistently tell us they want JMU gaduates in their schools and classrooms


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