Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education
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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Teaching MAT in Early ChildhoodConverse College’s MAT in Early Childhood Education program is designed for for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education who wish to pursue a teaching career working with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade.

Degree Offered

  • MAT in Early Childhood Education

The early childhood major at Converse has earned national recognition from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is fully accredited by CAEP. Candidates participate in clinical experiences in which they observe and teach young children, develop a clear understanding of developmentally appropriate instructional methodology, and participate in curriculum and program planning for pre-kindergarten through third grades.  Candidates complete coursework that provides them with a professional understanding and skill set about the child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Our fully-accredited program leads to certification in South Carolina.

Converse’s teacher preparation programs include a diversity of field and clinical experiences in public schools and our candidates complete their directed student teaching in high quality early childhood classrooms.  Our program prepares you to become an effective teacher with an in-depth knowledge base of your field and appropriate teaching strategies for the developmental level of your students, guided by our experienced faculty who model best practices in the college classroom, use the latest smart technology in their instruction, and continually challenge students to integrate theory with practice.

More reasons to choose Converse:

Veteran Faculty: Our faculty have extensive experience in the pre-kindergarten through third grade classroom and are active as researchers, clinicians, and leaders in the field of education.

Quality Education:  The Converse Educator Preparation Program is  aligned with national standards required by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), approved by the South Carolina Department of Education. Converse is fully accredited by CAEP and the Early Childhood Program has received two national recognitions by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Standardized test scores for exit exams such as the PRAXIS II exceed the national and state averages and the rate of employment for our early childhood graduates is well above the norm.

Community Partnerships: Converse enjoys close proximity to many high-quality public schools in the Upstate of South Carolina and we have developed and maintained close professional partnerships with these public schools, as well as other early childhood settings.

Convenience: Upon admission, each candidate is assigned an adviser with whom she or he can plan a manageable pathway to the successful completion of the program. Flexibility is essential for students who manage busy work schedules and personal commitments.  Most required courses are conducted after 4 p.m., accommodating students’ busy schedules.

Degree Prestige and Value: Since 1890, Converse College has provided students with distinctive education rooted in the liberal arts. Our graduates are principled and productive citizens capable of creative thinking and problem solving and are well prepared for their chosen profession in Early Childhood Education.

The MAT in Early Childhood is a 48-hour, on-campus program designed for students interested in working with children in pre-kindergarten through third grade.

Our curriculum meets all the requirements for national approvals set by the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), approved by the South Carolina Department of Education. You will be qualified for certification reciprocity with many other states.

The MAT degree in Early Childhood Education is designed to help you reach the following specific goals and objectives:

  • Provide a thorough course of study in human growth and development;
  • Develop skills in appropriate pedagogy and classroom management;
  • Apply the theories and principles you have studied in course work to clinical experiences;
  • Promote a broad knowledge of the history, theory, and professional practices that are related to early childhood education;
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency in instructional technology including the knowledge of skills, strategies, software and hardware to be used in classroom management and computer-assisted instruction;
  • Plan, implement and assess instruction in simulated settings and in real classroom settings as a student teacher*;
  • Organize and effectively manage a pre-kindergarten through third grade placement in the public schools.

Visit the graduate catalog for current course requirements for this degree.

MAT – Early Childhood Education Benchmark Worksheets

The worksheet below outlines the academic requirements for the MAT program in Early Childhood Education:

MAT in Early Childhood

MAT - Early Childhood Stories