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Education: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education (B-2)

This 36-credit program is designed for students interested in entering the early childhood teaching profession who (1) hold undergraduate degrees in fields other than education OR who (2) hold undergraduate degrees and prior certification in Childhood Education/Grades 1–6. Course requirements cover educational foundations, development and learning processes, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, and field applications relevant to children between birth and eight years. Students are required to participate in course-related field experiences, including two student teaching placements (for students without prior certification) OR a practicum (for students with prior certification). Students are eligible for NYS Initial Certification upon successful completion of required course work, passing the NYS required exams, and taking the NYS required seminars. Upon completion of all program coursework and requirements, students receive the MAT degree in Early Childhood Education/Birth-Grade 2.

Courses are sequenced so that students begin in the Fall semester. Student teaching takes place during the second Fall semester for full-time students, and during the third Fall semester for part-time students. Student teaching and practicum placements are made by the EECE department in NYC DOE Queens schools and approved early childhood community-based programs. Full-time students complete the MAT at the end of the following Fall semester. One additional full-time semester provides the possibility of obtaining an extension certification in either Childhood Education or Bilingual Education.​


Requirements for Matriculation 

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​

1. Students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and to have taken a concentration of no fewer than 30 credits in one of the liberal arts or sciences subject areas during their undergraduate programs. Specializations such as business administration, advertising, sales management, accounting, design, and nursing do not usually meet these requirements.
2. Students also must have completed two sequential years of study in a foreign language.
3. Applicants may be required to provide writing samples on site and participate in focus groups. 
4. Applicants must submit a completed MAT form with their application.
5. Students who wish to substitute the Foreign Language NY State Regents for two semesters of a foreign language should submit a copy of their high school transcript.
6. Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test are required. 
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 Note: Applicants may provide evidence of Advanced Placement credits or equivalent experiences to demonstrate compliance with any of the required New York State Learning Standards.

Additional coursework in the liberal arts may be required to comply with NYS Learning Standards for Elementary School Teachers; students should check with the department at time of application. Students who lack some of these foundation courses but meet other admissions requirements may be admitted to the program. Applicants may enter the program only as matriculating students. Although many program courses are offered late afternoons and evenings, students must plan for one semester of daytime attendance for student teaching or 50 hrs. for the practicum.​

Requirements for Non-Matriculation

Students are to follow the college’s requirements for non-matriculation​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Priority Deadline May 1
Spring Priority DeadlineFall only 

Letters of Reference 2
Essay  500 Words
PTE  68
GRE  Yes

Accepts Non-MatricYes

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