Master of Arts in Teaching—Early Childhood Education/Special Education

A Licensure Program for Future Early Childhood Teachers

Do you aspire to foster young children’s ability and capacity for lifelong learning and make a positive impact on their lives? The University of Saint Joseph’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)—Early Childhood Education/Special Education degree is designed for you to start a meaningful career. 

The M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education/Special Education is a cohort-based program that focuses on building your abilities in applying education theories and methods to early childhood education settings. Guided by the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, the program leads to a recommendation for licensure as a teacher for children from preschool to grade 3 (PK–3) in the State of Connecticut. 

A new cohort begins every fall semester. Applications are accepted until classes begin in the fall.

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Program Facts

  • A Teacher Licensure Program
  • No GRE Required for Admission
  • Cohort-based Program

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M.A.T.—Early Childhood Education/Special Education Program Outcomes

Armed with the knowledge in physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of all children, including children with special needs, you will: 

  • Be a critical thinker and effective problem solver who is 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

Program Advantages

Field-based Teaching Experience

The M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education/Special Education degree offers you valuable clinical experience. The program provides the opportunity for you to apply contemporary instructional methods and theories to real classroom settings with young children. With the practical field experience gained from the program, you are fully equipped to earn the teacher licensure and pursue your career in early childhood special education.

USJ Affiliated Schools

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.

Supportive Early Childhood Education Faculty

The distinguished faculty at USJ has a wealth of diverse experience in early childhood special education. With their passion for teaching, they serve as your mentors who challenge you to push your limits, support your academic and career journey, and empower you to become a responsible educator for children.

Master of Arts in Teaching—Early Childhood Education/Special Education Curriculum

USJ’s Master of Arts in Teaching—Early Childhood Education/Special Education provides a comprehensive 45-credit curriculum. Through the rigorous coursework, you know the early learning process and understand the unique needs of young children. In addition, with the student-teaching practicum built into the curriculum, you can acquire adequate classroom experience to step into your early childhood education career.

You are also required to complete the edTPA requirements and Connecticut state license test requirements to earn the M.A.T. degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education.

Learn more about the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education/Special Education curriculum.

Early Childhood Special Education Career Outlook

With a Master of Arts in Teaching—Early Childhood Education/Special Education degree, you are well-prepared to foster young children’s learning ability and social and emotional skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. You can find rewarding and in-demand careers such as teacher, instructor, administrator, special education coordinator, or director in public and private schools.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of preschool teachers will grow 18 percent and the employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers will increase 7 percent from 2020 to 2030. In terms of earning potential, according to the National Education Association’s report in 2021, the average salary for teachers in Connecticut is $78,427/year, which is the fifth-highest in the US. For teachers who are starting their careers, the average annual salary in Connecticut is $46,905.

Admission Requirements (No GRE Required)

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching—Early Childhood Education/Special Education, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.67. 

Submit the following documents along with your application to the M.A.T. Early Childhood Education/Special Education degree program:

  • Two sealed official transcripts of all undergraduate work and any prior graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Apply to USJ’s M.A.T. Early Childhood Education/Special Education 

Pursue your ambitions in the field of Early Childhood Education by earning a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education that leads to a teacher license. Apply today

Have more questions? 

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

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