Early Elementary Education (MAT)


Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Elementary Education
Unit: College of Education and Human Development 
Department: Early Childhood and Elementary Education 
Program Webpage 
Academic Plan Code(s): EREDMAT

Program Information

The MAT in Early Elementary Education enables graduate students to earn their initial teaching certificate for grades P-5 in Kentucky. Candidates learn to teach through instruction in pedagogy, child development, special education, gifted education, technology, and diversity. They develop their skills in field experiences in local area schools. The Early Elementary Education program emphasizes meeting the needs of the individual learner using best instructional practices in a standards-based environment. Through coursework and clinical field experiences, teacher education students become critical thinkers who are prepared to meet the demands of 21st-century elementary education.

Admission Requirements

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Candidates considering an application to the MAT program should contact the MAT admissions counselor (teacher@louisville.edu) prior to applying for admission. Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

  1. Application to Graduate School. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Passing Test Scores
    Please note: when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with a Minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required)
  4. Prerequisite Course Requirements
  5. Oral Communication course
  6. Grade of C or higher inENGL 102 (or equivalent)
  7. TOEFL
  8. Professional Writing Requirements
  9. Three Letters of Recommendation
  10. Acceptable interview.

Program Requirements

EDTP 602Exploring Teaching in the Sociopolitical Contexts of P-12 Schools 13
ECPY 607Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development 13
EDTP 501General Methods 13
The above three courses must be taken prior to any of the next 4 courses
EDTP 603P-5 Language Arts Methods 13
EDTP 604P-5 Mathematics Methods 13
EDTP 605Teaching Elementary School Science 13
EDTP 606P-5 Social Studies Methods 13
EDTP 615Student Teaching in the Elementary Grades (Primary) 13
EDTP 616Student Teaching in Elementary Grades (Intermediate) 13
EDSP 545Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom 13
EDTP 503Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Teaching Students from Diverse Backgrounds 23
EDTP 580Digital Citizenship: Technology and Teaching 23
Total Minimum Hours36

Certification Assessment: After Student Teaching: All certification coursework completed with 2.5 cumulative GPA; 2.0 or higher in each student teaching course; Passing scores on required PRAXIS and PLT exams; Positive recommendation from Elementary Program Committee (including assessment of dispositions and final certification teacher performance assessment).

Mid-Point Assessment: Prior to Student Teaching: No lower than 2.0 in each content methods class; all prerequisites met; all courses listed above passed; Positive recommendation from Elementary Program Committee (including assessment of dispositions and mid-program teacher performance assessment). Electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

Degree Assessment: All program course work with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two C grades in degree courses); Positive recommendation from Elementary Program Committee (including assessment of dispositions and final degree teacher performance assessment).

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Profession Standards Board (EPSB) website at www.epsb.ky.gov or www.ets.org/praxis for current requirements.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog