Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood/Special Education

MAT Early Childhood/Special Education

Earn your Nursery to Grade 3 teaching license and M.A. degree in an accelerated Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

Are you ready to make a lasting impact on a child’s life?

USJ’s graduate program in Early Childhood Education/Special Education will prepare you to work with young children and their families in a variety of educational and early intervention settings. Contact us to learn more.

Nursery to Grade 3 Master of Arts Teaching in early childhood/Special Education Program Benefits:

  • Allows you to earn your Nursery to Grade 3 license in just 15 months, or to design a self-paced sequence of courses over a longer period of time
  • Offers evening classes
  • Includes hands-on field experiences with partner schools, including USJ laboratory schools
  • Focuses on a rich, research-based, practitioner-oriented approach
  • Nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Benefits from partnerships with The School for Young Children

Early Childhood/Special Education Coursework:

  • ECSE 510 Growth and Development in Early Childhood
  • ECSE 520 Language Development and Emergent Literacy
  • ECSE 530 Parenting, Families and Communication
  • EDUC 507 Developmental Reading
  • SPEC 516 Exceptional and At-Risk Students in Today's Schools
  • ECSE 555 Programs for Young Children
  • ECSE 560 Learning in Social Context
  • ECSE 576 Primary Curriculum (Grades 1 – 3)
  • ECSE 540 Assessment: Pre-K to Grade 3
  • ECSE 587 Pre-K to Kindergarten Curriculum
  • ECSE 580 Student Teaching: Pre-K/Kindergarten (five weeks: required only for teacher licensure)
  • ECSE 523 Student Teaching: Primary (10 weeks: required only for teacher licensure)


Did You Know?

  • There is a shortage of licensed teachers in early childhood education.
  • The Connecticut Department of Labor predicts a 25% increase in the need for early childhood educators over the next five years.
  • As of July 1, 2013, newly licensed teachers must hold the Nursery to Grade 3 license to teach Kindergarten.
  • 100% of USJ candidates in Early Childhood/Special Education passed Praxis II exams for Nursery to Grade 3 licensure in 2011-2012.