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Early Childhood Education, M.A.T.

36 Credits  |   Main Campus

Earn your teaching license and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education to work with children in pre-k to third grade.

Prepare to become a certified as an early childhood teacher, helping children pre-kindergarten to third grade realize and expand their opportunities in life from an early age. You’ll graduate with confidence in your skills as a teacher and with certainty in your breadth of knowledge about young learners.

Trinity’s Early Childhood Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares you to meet D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states. As an educator, you have the opportunity to initiate change by empowering students and helping them strengthen their families and communities through education.

In the MAT program, you’ll prepare for certification through specialized courses in early childhood education and a core curriculum that combines the knowledge, skills, and experiences to help you meet the needs of all learners. In the final semester, each program includes a student teaching internship and an advanced seminar in teaching. The program can be completed on a full-time or part time basis except during the student teaching experience at the end of the course of study, which by its nature must be done full-time.

Trinity’s MAT programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator (CAEP) and approved by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Dual Licensure: Inclusive Education

As an alternative to its special education program, Trinity offers the first and only program in the District of Columbia allowing students to earn licensure in their primary program area AND special education. This option requires candidates to take four courses in special education in addition to their course sequence in their primary program area.

At Trinity we believe that all educators should be prepared to work with students with disabilities. This program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings.

What You’ll Learn

  • Explore child development with a focus on the influences of the culture, community, and the family on the developing child—including parental/guardian involvement in schools and the roles schools play in the community
  • Positive approaches for working with students exhibiting challenging behaviors
  • Background in assessment and evaluation issues, strategies, and techniques. Assessments as well as criteria for selecting assessments, inventories, for TESOL (listening, speaking, reading and writing)

Local Internships

  • Two Rivers Public Charter School
  • School for Friends
  • Oyster-Adams Bilingual School

Global Careers

  • Kindergarten-3rd Grade Teacher
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

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Master’s Degree
Elementary Education 

Master’s Degree
Special Education

Applying to the Early Childhood Education, M.A.T. Program

In addition to completing an online application, students must have one of the following:

  • Passing scores for Praxis Core – Trinity’s code is RA5796 OR
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 OR
  • Passing scores on the SAT , GRE and ACT scores from the past five years may be submitted to waive some of the requirements for Praxis Core.

Trinity’s SAT & GRE code is 5796; Trinity’s ACT code is 0696.

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