DEPARTMENT OF
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) (36 credit hours)

PURPOSE

The Master of Arts in Teaching Degree (MAT) in Early Childhood Education is designed to develop professional expertise leading to initial certification for grades pre-Kindergarten through third grade. The program is especially constructed for students who possess an undergraduate degree without practical experiences in teaching. The course of study enables the candidate to acquire skills in instructional strategies, early intervention, knowledge of curriculum development and early childhood program administration.

TIME INVESTMENT

Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree requires approximately two (2) years of full-time study. Required field-based courses, however, are offered during the day in order to provdie the maximum amount of clinical experiences in schools and centers.

COURSE WORK

  Foundations 6 hours  
  Research and Statistics 6 hours  
  Area of Specialization (Required Courses) 24 hours  
  TOTAL 36 hours  

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale
  • An accurate and complete graduate program application packet containing the following items:
    • An autobiographical sketch
    • A Statement of Interest (300 words minimum)
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • An official transcripts of all college/university courses completed
    • Passing Praxis I test scores (District of Columbia requirements)
  • Application deadlines: Fall Feb 15th; Spring, Nov. 1st; Summer, March 15th

PROGRAM MATRICULATION AND EXIT REQUIREMENTS

  • Professional Portfolio
  • Action Research Paper
  • Passing the following examinations:
    • Expository Writing (1st semester)
    • Departmental Comprehensives - At least one semester prior to graduation
    • Praxis II - In accordance with (District of Columbia Scores requirement)
  • Academic Good Standing:

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program of study. A student who accumulates nine (9) or more semester hours of grades below B shall be suspended form the graduate program. This provision applies to each of the several degree programs, but is not cumulative from one degree to another.

 

FOR FUTHER INFORMATION

Contact: Elementary Education Program Coordinator  
  Department of Curriculum and Instruction  
  School of Education, Howard University  
  2441 Fourth Street, NW  
  Washington, DC 20059  
  (202) 806-7343  

DEPARTMENT OF
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) (36 credit hours)

 

FOUNDATIONS (6 semester hours required. Select one course from each area.)
   
  Psychological Foundations
    HUDE 220 Advanced Educational Psychology OR (3)
    EDUC 290 Theories and Perspectives of Child Development (3)
     
  Sociological Foundations  
    EDAP 231 Multicultural Education OR (3)
    EDUC 367 Diversity in Teacher Education (3)
 
RESEARCH SKILLS (6 semester hours required.)
         
    HUDE 205 Introduction to Statistics (3)
    EDUC 379 Research in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
         
AREA OF SPECIALIZATION (18 semester hours required.)
         
    EDUC 224 Introduction to Assessment and Measurement in Teaching (3)
    EDUC 262 Literature for Children and Adolescents (3)
    EDUC 267 Diagnosis and Evaluation of Exceptional Children (3)
    EDUC 289 Introduction to Teacher Education (3)
    EDUC 375 Integrated Methods & Technology I: Early Childhood (Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies) with Field Experience (3)
    EDUC 376 Integrated Methods & Technology II: Early Childhood (Science and Math) with Field Experience (3)
    EDUC 395 Educative Value of Play (3)
         
INTERNSHIP (6 semester hours required)
    EDUC 296 Internship: Pre-primary (Infancy through Pre-K) (3)
    EDUC 297 Internship: Primary (K-3) (3)