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Early Childhood Classroom Teaching (M.A.T.)

Early Childhood Classroom Teaching (M.A.T.)

Saginaw Valley State University, United States of America

About This Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides opportunities for academic preparation and professional renewal for practicing educators. This program affords students opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding of the learning process, as well as expand their repertoire of teaching methods and skills.

An Early Childhood Endorsement for teaching children ages birth to 8 is available for students who would like to add the "ZS" endorsement to their elementary education teaching certificate. An Early Childhood Endorsement is becoming a requirement for employment in many private and public school districts for kindergarten, first, and second grades.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Early Childhood Classroom Teaching is an ideal degree program for teachers wishing to specialize in Early Childhood Classroom Teaching (birth through age 8). Those who enroll in this program will have the opportunity to gain new ideas for current best practices in teaching young children and develop skills for reaching all students. The 27 credit endorsement program assists students seeking the coveted ZS endorsement for Early Childhood, General and Special Education. Additionally, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Early Childhood expands on the endorsement program to offer a graduate degree for educators and other individuals interested in obtaining a graduate degree in Early Childhood Classroom Teaching.

SVSU faculty in the Early Childhood Classroom Teaching program are highly qualified in both Early Childhood and Special Education and use their experience to provide an excellent combination of theoretical and practical knowledge.

Program Highlights

  • SVSU boasts a 90% pass rate for the MTTC early childhood test while the state average is only 75% passing*
  • 100% of recent grads have teaching positions**
  • The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • The Early Childhood Education degree and associ­ated endorsement program align with the accredita­tion standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

*Data derived from the 2012-13 testing cycles

**90% of undergraduates from the 2012-13 graduating class were hired in lead teaching positions; 10% are in long-term substitute positions

Course Delivery

Classes are offered in an online or hybrid format to accommodate teacher schedules.  The exception is the 598 is an exception to the online/hybrid format; it is a three week on-site teaching experience taking place during the spring semester. 

The maximum course load for any person employed full-time is 6 credits or 2 courses during Fall and Winter semesters.

Completion of the program will not necessarily qualify a student for a teaching or administrative certificate.

  1. The MAT is available with a major emphasis in the academic major of biology. Course work in the major (15 credits of 400-500 level courses) must be planned with the academic advisor in the biology department. Courses that have not been approved will not satisfy graduation requirements. A written plan of study must be on file in the College of Education.
  2. The MAT is available with a major emphasis in the academic major of chemistry. Course work in the major (15 credits of 400-500 level courses) must be planned with the academic advisor in the chemistry department. Courses that have not been approved will not satisfy graduation requirements. A written plan of study must be on file in the College of Education. All courses listed under Chemical Education are open to undergraduate chemistry majors (with the consent of the instructor) but do not satisfy the 400-level course requirement for a degree in chemistry; however, such courses would count toward the required 42 credits of upper division work.
  3. The MAT is available with a major emphasis in the academic major of English. Course work in the major (15 credits of 400-500 level courses) must be planned with the academic advisor in the English department. Courses that have not been approved will not satisfy graduation requirements. A written plan of study must be on file in the College of Education.
  4. The MAT is available with a major emphasis in the academic major of mathematics. Course work in the major (15 credits of 400-500 level courses) must be planned with the academic advisor in the mathematics department. Courses that have not been approved will not satisfy graduation requirements. A written plan of study must be on file in the College of Education.
  5. The MAT is available with a major emphasis in the academic major of physics. Course work in the major (15 credits of 400-500 level courses) must be planned with the academic advisor in the physics department. Candidates without a B.S. degree in physics are recommended to choose courses from the following: PHYS 400, 401, 402; any 500-level course. Courses that have not been approved will not satisfy graduation requirements. A written plan of study must be on file in the College of Education

Course Outline

To avoid taking courses not needed, students are encouraged to first meet with the College of Education Certification Advisor to review undergraduate coursework and determine a plan of study.

  • TE 582        Language Development in the Early Years Birth - 8 3 cr
  • TE 590        Early Childhood  Education and Leadership        3 cr
  • TE 591        Assessing the Young Child        3 cr
  • TE 592        Early Childhood Curriculum        3 cr
  • TE 595        Infants and Toddlers        4 cr
  • TE 596        Literacy Development for Young Children 3 cr
  • TE 597        The Young Child in the Home, School and Community        3 cr
  • TE 598        Practicum in Early Childhood Education        3 cr
  • TE 693        Methods in Early Childhood Special Education        3 cr

Electives (6 cr)

  • TE 509 - Special Topics in Teacher Education 1-6 cr
  • TE 563 - Advanced Motor Development 3 cr
  • TE 587 - Technology in Early Childhood 3 cr
  • TE 588 - Strategies Diverse Learners Early Chldhd 3 cr
  • TE 593 - Math/Science Exper Young Chld (Pre K-3) 3 cr
  • TE 594 - Administration of Early Childhd Program 3 cr
  • TE 599 - Individual Child Study 1-3 cr
  • TE 609 - EC Policy & Practice Internship 3 cr
  • Capstone (3 cr) Must be taken in the last nine hours of the program.
  • TE 611 - Research in Early Childhood Education 3 cr

Course Info

College : College of Education

Qualifications Level : Master of Arts in Teaching

Fees :

Tuition & Fees are subject to change without notice by action of the SVSU Board of Control. Credit hour cost is determined by course level, not by a student’s class standing. Person’s auditing or receiving credit by examination are subject to the regular tuition and fee rates for the course. You will be responsible for providing transportation to and from all courses.

Estimated cost breakdown for 18 graduate credit hours in AY 2016-2017:

Expense

Non-resident

With Red & White Scholarship

In-State Tuition and Fees

 $18,651

 $11,414

Single Room/Shared Apartment

$6,000

$6,000

Meal Plan

$3,650

$3,650

Health Insurance

$1,550

$1,550

Miscellaneous (books, $150 orientation fee and other necessities

$2,675

$2,675

Total Investment

$32,526

$25,289



Intake Dates :

Make sure you check with us first since Start Dates and Term Breaks may vary.  Apply early so you'll have plenty of time to prepare!

Fall Semester

  • Dates: Late August to Mid-Dececember
  • Advanced Registration: April
  • International Student Application Deadline:  July 15

Winter Semester

  • Dates: Early January to Late April
  • Advanced Registration: November
  • International Student Application Deadline:  November 15

Spring Semester

  • Dates: Early May to late June
  • Advanced Registration: March
  • International Student Application Deadline:  April 15



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  As an international student, you must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher and have obtained teacher certification in the State of Michigan, or have an out-of-state teaching certificate recognized by the State of Michigan must apply and be admitted to SVSU to be eligible to register for classes.
  • A score of 550 (or 213 computer based; 79 Internet-based; or 6.5 IELTS) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose native language is not English and successful completion of SVSU’s English Language Program (ELP)
  • Evidence of financial support

Provisional admission into the MAT program may be granted until the following criteria have been met:

  • Successful completion of SVSU’s English Language Program or equivalent test
  • Successful completion of ELP 098 and ELP 099
  • Successful completion of a 3-credit experience in a Mid-Michigan local school
  • Signed approval of program coordinator

Interested candidates who have never completed a preparation program for teacher certification and are seeking admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education Degree Program are required to obtain written approval from the appropriate department chair or faculty advisor prior to submitting an application for admission to the graduate program. 

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