Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Alternative Certification (MAT)
Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program:
- Application to Graduate School. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
- Bachelor's degree with minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 2.75 (official transcripts required)
- C or higher in ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and oral communication courses
- Professional Writing Requirements
- Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines
- Three Letters of Recommendation
Candidates considering applying to the MAT program should contact the Education Advising and Student Services office (email@example.com) prior to applying for admission.
Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.
|EDSP 533||Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum||3|
|EDSP 537||Infant/Toddler Instruction and Care||3|
|EDSP 600||Creativity and the Young Child||3|
|EDTP 627||Practicum for Alternative Certification Program 1||1.5|
|EDSP 632||Universal Design for Learning Using Technology||3|
|EDSP 657||Guidance for Young Children||3|
|EDSP 515||Communication and Socialization in Early Childhood||3|
|EDSP 583||Early Childhood Special Education Assessment||3|
|EDSP 584||Families and Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDTP 678||Supporting the Second Year Alternative Certification Teacher I||1.5|
|EDTP 679||Supporting the Second Year Alternative Certification Teacher II||1.5|
|Minimum Total Hours||30|
Requires two semesters.
Midpoint Assessment: Completion of all courses listed above with 3.0 cumulative GPA and no lower than a “C” in each course; satisfactory dispositions assessment; satisfactory performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; Target performance or better on all rubrics.
Degree Assessment: All program course work with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two “C’s” (six (6) credit hours) in degree courses); satisfactory performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; Target performance or better on all rubrics.
Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements.
Certification Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; passing scores on required PRAXIS exams; completion of degree requirements.
Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at epsb.ky.gov/ or ets.org/praxis/ky for current requirements.
The Master of Arts in Teaching in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Alternative Certification) prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure. If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification, you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree.
More information about certification or licensure is available at the following website: https://louisville.edu/oapa/licensure-information (you may search by school or by the name of the program then click on 'View Details' to display the information).
For programs with an online option, more information about certification or licensure is available here: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us (please scroll down near the bottom of the page and click on the licensing disclosures tab).