Prepare to become a certified as an early childhood teacher, helping children pre-kindergarten to third grade realize and expand their opportunities in life from an early age. You’ll graduate with confidence in your skills as a teacher and with certainty in your breadth of knowledge about young learners.

Trinity’s Early Childhood Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares you to meet D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states. As an educator, you have the opportunity to initiate change by empowering students and helping them strengthen their families and communities through education.

In the MAT program, you’ll prepare for certification through specialized courses in early childhood education and a core curriculum that combines the knowledge, skills, and experiences to help you meet the needs of all learners. In the final semester, each program includes a student teaching internship and an advanced seminar in teaching. The program can be completed on a full-time or part time basis except during the student teaching experience at the end of the course of study, which by its nature must be done full-time.

Trinity’s MAT programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator (CAEP) and approved by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Trinity’s affordable tuition for this program is $840 per credit (Employees of several DC-Area employers are eligible for tuition discounts).

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Degree Level: Graduate
Degree Type: M.A.T.
School: School of Education
Format: Evening/Weekend
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Prepare to become a certified as an early childhood teacher, helping children pre-kindergarten to third grade realize and expand their opportunities in life from an early age. You’ll graduate with confidence in your skills as a teacher and with certainty in your breadth of knowledge about young learners.

Trinity’s Early Childhood Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares you to meet D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states. As an educator, you have the opportunity to initiate change by empowering students and helping them strengthen their families and communities through education.

In the MAT program, you’ll prepare for certification through specialized courses in early childhood education and a core curriculum that combines the knowledge, skills, and experiences to help you meet the needs of all learners. In the final semester, each program includes a student teaching internship and an advanced seminar in teaching. The program can be completed on a full-time or part time basis except during the student teaching experience at the end of the course of study, which by its nature must be done full-time.

Trinity’s MAT programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator (CAEP) and approved by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Trinity’s affordable tuition for this program is $840 per credit (Employees of several DC-Area employers are eligible for tuition discounts).

You’ll take these specialized early childhood education courses in addition to the core MAT curriculum.

EDTE 610 Early Childhood Development in Family and Culture
EDTE 611 Literacy Development Across the Curriculum
EDTE 613 Developing Concepts in Early Childhood Mathematics and Science
EDTE 627 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Emergent and Early Readers

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Official Scores

In addition to completing an online application, submit scores for Praxis I or Praxis Core – Trinity’s code is RA5796. SAT, GRE and ACT scores from the past five years may be submitted to waive some of the requirements for Praxis Core. Trinity’s SAT & GRE code is 5796; Trinity’s ACT code is 0696.

Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Early Childhood Education to work with children birth to age eight.

Core Courses

Whichever program you choose, the Master of Arts degree includes core curriculum including:

EDCC 510 Human Growth and Development
EDCC 530 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth
EDCC 541 Foundations of Education and the Art of Teaching and Learning
EDCC 542 Positive Approaches to Teaching Students with Challenging Behavior

Experienced Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T., Early Childhood Education Program Faculty

Accreditation

Approved by the DC State Education Agency, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and meets requirements for state certification.

Accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Other MAT Program Areas or Dual Licensure

Additional M.A.T. Programs:

Elementary Education: Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Elementary Education to work with children in 1st to 6th grade.

Secondary Education: Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Secondary Education to work with students in 7th to 12th grade.

Special Education: Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Special Education to work with exceptional learners in grades K to 12.

Dual Licensure: Inclusive Education

As an alternative to its special education program, Trinity offers the first and only program in the District of Columbia allowing students to earn licensure in their primary program area AND special education. This option requires candidates to take four courses in special education in addition to their course sequence in their primary program area.

At Trinity we believe that all educators should be prepared to work with students with disabilities. This program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings.

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