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Elementary Education, M.A.T.

36 Credits  |   Main Campus

Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Elementary Education to work with children in 1st to 6th grade.

Earn your teaching license and a masters degree in Elementary Education to work with children in 1st to 6th grade.

Teachers have a direct, positive impact on young learners. Trinity’s Elementary 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 Elementary Education MAT program, you’ll prepare for certification through specialized elementary education courses 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.

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

  • The foundations of how children learn and strategies to help children acquire language and literacy skills as well as techniques for observing and assessing growth
  • How to teach mathematical and scientific inquiry to diverse learners
  • How to recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices

Local Internships

  • S. Key Elementary
  • Sacred Heart Bilingual
  • Truesdell Education Campus

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Approved by the DC State Education Agency, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and meets requirements for state certification.

Accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Applying to the Elementary 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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