Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T., Early Childhood Education Program
Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Early Childhood Education to work with children birth to age eight.
Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T., Elementary Education Program
Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Elementary Education to work with children in 1st to 6th grade.
Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T., Secondary Education Program
Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Secondary Education to work with students in 7th to 12th grade.
Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T., Special Education Program
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.

More Options: Related Degree Programs

Prepare for teacher licensure in DC and most states, with programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education. Option for dual licensure in special education AND your primary focus area.

Core Courses

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

EDCC 510
EDCC 530
EDCC 541
EDCC 542

Experienced Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A.T. (All Programs) Faculty


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).

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