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Master of Arts in Teaching in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6)

This program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than education who are interested in entering the teaching profession. The program stresses reflective teaching and the proactive role of the teacher in enhancing educational quality. The MAT program offers students the option of earning NYS initial certification in Early Childhood Education, B–2, Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, or a dual certificate in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6 and Childhood Special Education, Grades 1–6. The program exposes students incrementally to pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment, with principles of field practice integrated into the coursework at each level. Students are required to take Student Teaching, with two placements as mandated by New York State. With faculty guidance, each student compiles a teaching portfolio that documents the development of reflective practice and self-assessment, and highlights the connections between course and field experiences within the program.

The course requirements for the MAT programs cover foundations, development and learning processes, curriculum and pedagogy, and field applications. Students are required to have a minimum 100 hours of course-related field experiences prior to student teaching.

Admissions at a Glance
Fall Deadline May 1
Spring Deadline Fall only
Extended Deadline None
Letters of Reference 2
Essay 500 Words
PTE 68
Accepts Non-Matric No