Early Childhood Education/Special Education, M.A.T.

Become an Early Childhood teacher, preschool – grade 3

The M.A.T. in Early Childhood/Special Education is a cohort-based program that leads to a recommendation for licensure as a preschool-grade 3 (PK-3) teacher in the State of Connecticut. A new cohort begins every fall semester. Applications are accepted until classes begin in the fall.

The program is grounded in rigorous academic preparation in methods of curriculum and instruction and the preparation of teachers who support the learning of all students. We are guided by the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and seek to prepare the next generation of teachers to enact these values in their classrooms, schools, and communities. 

The School of Education benefits from two USJ affiliated schools, The Gengras Center, an on-campus school for students with significant disabilities, and the School for Young Children, an early childhood school nearby, offering students pre-professional opportunities in working with teachers, children, and families.

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Program Outcomes

Students will:

  • Be critical thinkers and effective problem solvers who are concerned with the social, emotional, and intellectual issues of young children in the contemporary educational setting
  • Apply advanced pedagogy in child development, curriculum, instruction, and assessment to engage young students in reaching their potential as individuals and as learners
  • Develop the capacity to influence and advance positive change for young children and the profession of early childhood education in a complex global society
  • Encourage the development of collaborative relationships among all adults and agencies responsible for the appropriate emotional, social, and cognitive development of young children
  • Career Opportunities: teacher, instructor, administrator, special education coordinator, director, and more.

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    Meredith McConnochie, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Education
    Phone: 860.231.5540
    Email: [email protected]

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