Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (MAT)

Admission Requirements

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program:

  1. Application to Graduate School. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Bachelor's degree with minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 2.75 (official transcripts required)
  3. C or higher in ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and oral communication courses
  4. TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo
  5. Professional Statement
  6. Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines
  7. Three Letters of Recommendation
  8. Interview

Candidates considering applying to the MAT program should contact the Education Advising and Student Services office ( prior to applying for admission.

Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. 

Program Requirements

EDSP 515Communication and Socialization in Early Childhood3
EDSP 533Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum3
EDSP 534Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum Field Experience1
EDSP 536Theories of Play3
EDSP 537Infant/Toddler Instruction and Care3
EDSP 583Early Childhood Special Education Assessment3
EDSP 584Families and Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education3
EDSP 585Families and Collaboration in IECE: Field Experience1
EDSP 600Creativity and the Young Child3
EDSP 656Guidance for Young Children Field Experience1
EDSP 657Guidance for Young Children3
600 Level Electives approved by advisor 13
Mid-Point Assessment: Prior to Student Teaching 2
EDTP 614Student Teaching: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education3
EDTP 615Student Teaching: Elementary School3-9
Minimum Total Hours36-42

Certification Assessment: After Student Teaching: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; 2.0 or higher in student teaching; satisfactory certification work sample;  passing scores on required PRAXIS exams; positive recommendation from ECEE program committee.

Degree Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment, all program coursework with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two grades of C (six [6] credit hours) in degree courses, satisfactory degree work sample.

Degree Candidacy: If not enrolled during the semester in which you are graduating, you will need to register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

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 or for current requirements."


Advisor approval needed.


Prior to Student Teaching: Successful completion of all courses listed above; Positive recommendation from Program Committee (including assessment of dispositions and mid- program work sample). Electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program 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. 

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