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Earn your Master's degree at JMU

Students proceed through the program in a set course sequence, with each course building on the content previously provided.

As undergraduates, students must have majored in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS) with a minor in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (IECE).

2 student teaching experiences
Small classes

Description of 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.

This 5-year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is for current JMU undergraduate students that leads to initial teaching licensure in both PreK-3rd grade and Early Childhood Special Education (birth-5 years). Field experiences provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice skills in working with children, birth-8 years.

Degree Offered

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


Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3)

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