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Master of Arts in Teaching - Early Childhood Classroom Teaching

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.

  • Classes are offered in an online or hybrid format. Approximately 85% of classes meet online, excluding the practicum.
  • SVSU candidates have a higher pass rate on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in Early Childhood than the state average.
  • The Early Childhood program at SVSU is nationally recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • SVSU faculty in the Early Childhood 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.
  • The Early Childhood Education degree and associ­ated endorsement program are nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  All program standards are aligned with NAEYC accredita­tion standards.

Admission Requirements

DOMESTIC STUDENTS:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Teacher certification in the State of Michigan or have an out-of-state teaching certificate that is recognized by the State of Michigan
  • SVSU Application for Admission to include the non-refundable Application Fee and the following:‌
    • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from any college or university where college credit was earned sent directly to SVSU from the colleges or universities attended
    • A copy of the most recent teaching certificate or departmental approval. If you need to obtain a copy of your (current or expired) teaching certificate to submit with your application, you may retrieve a copy through the Michigan Department of Education Certification site.
    • A current résumé
    • A one-page statement of accomplishments and academic goals

Applicants who have just completed a teacher preparation program at another institution and are in the process of being recommended for a teaching certificate must include a letter from the recommending institution in the application packet confirming the candidate has completed all requirements for certification and will be recommended for a teaching certificate.

Non-Teacher Certified Applicants interested in seeking admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program must complete "Request for Admission" (31KB) (31kB) (31kB) form and submit to the appropriate department chair or faculty advisor for approval. If approval is granted, a photocopy of this document must be included in the application packet.

Please Note: A felony or misdemeanor conviction may affect a student's admission to SVSU College of Education's programs, ability to attain state certification or employment. Refer to SVSU Course Catalog for further details.

Submit completed DOMESTIC applications, transcripts and required materials to: 

Saginaw Valley State University
Graduate Admissions
230 Wickes Hall
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-6096
(989) 964-6066 - fax
gradadm@svsu.edu

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Teacher certification in the State of Michigan or have an out-of-state teaching certificate that is recognized by the State of Michigan
  • Please complete the SVSU Application for Admission‌ including the non-refundable Application Fee and the following:
    • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from any college or university where college credit was earned (original signed/stamped transcripts)
    • A copy of the most recent teaching certificate or departmental approval. If you need to obtain a copy of your (current or expired) teaching certificate to submit with your application, you may retrieve a copy through the Michigan Department of Education Certification site.
    • A current résumé
    • A one-page statement of accomplishments and academic goals
    • Two letters of professional reference
    • Evidence of financial support (original signed/stamped bank statement)
    • A demonstrated knowledge of personal computer usage and application. Knowledge of programming is desirable, but not a requirement for admission. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in English. SVSU accepts an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 79 for the Master of Arts Teaching program. Conditional admission to SVSU’s English Language Program is available for students without an acceptable score. Successful completion of the English Language program does not grant acceptance to a graduate program at SVSU. Students must still submit a passing IELTS or TOEFL score to enter the degree program.

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

Applicants who have just completed a teacher preparation program at another institution and are in the process of being recommended for a teaching certificate must include a letter from the recommending institution in the application packet confirming the candidate has completed all requirements for certification and will be recommended for a teaching certificate.

Non-Teacher Certified Applicants interested in seeking admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Program must complete the "Request for Admission" (31KB) (31kB) (31kB) form and submit to the appropriate department chair or faculty advisor for approval. If approval is granted, a photocopy of this document must be included in the application packet.

Please Note: A felony or misdemeanor conviction may affect a student's admission to SVSU College of Education's programs, ability to attain state certification or employment. Refer to SVSU Course Catalog for further details.

Submit completed INTERNATIONAL applications, transcripts and required materials to:

Saginaw Valley State University
International Admissions

230 Wickes Hall
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
+1-989-964-6096
intadmit@svsu.edu

Program Requirements

Capstone (3 cr)


 It must be taken in the last nine hours of the program.

Early Childhood Endorsement


An Early Childhood Endorsement for teaching children ages birth to age 8 is available for interested students who would like to add the “ZS” endorsement to their elementary education teaching certificate. An Early Childhood Endorsement is increasingly becoming a requirement for employment in private and public school districts for kindergarten, first, and second grades. Teachers of state-funded four-year-old readiness programs in public schools must have an Early Childhood Endorsement. The Michigan State Board of Education recommends an endorsement for kindergarten. Candidates with a “ZS” endorsement will be able to teach in non-categorical early childhood special education (ECDD classrooms and B-3 home visiting programs). Please note this is not a Special Education K-12 endorsement. Interested candidates must schedule an appointment with a certification advisor in the College of Education to review course work and state testing requirements for the endorsement and discuss how this program will develop into the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

SVSU's Master of Public Administration offers working adults a flexible solution for earning a graduate degree in Public Administration from a highly ranked and nationally recognized program. With an MPA degree, you can land a job like:

  • Administrative Services Managers: 10% job growth and $96,180 median salaries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Political Scientists: 3% job growth and $117,570 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Human Resources Managers: 9% job growth and $113,300 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Management Analysts: 14% job growth and $83,610 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Urban and Regional Planners: 13% job growth and $73,050 median salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor

 

Michigan Resident 

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses

$622.90/cr.hr.

Non-Michigan Resident

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses

$1,184.60/cr.hr.


Mandatory Fees

General Service Fee (b)                                            $10.75/cr.hr.

 

(b) Parking Fee $1.70/cr.hr.
  Student Association Fee $0.60/cr.hr.
  Program Board Fee $0.25/cr.hr.
  Publication Fee- Valley Vanguard $0.17/cr.hr.
  Facility Debt Service Fee $7.70/cr.hr.
  Health Services $0.33/cr.hr.

 

Technology Fee                                                          $3.85/cr.hr.

 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

 

Judith and Thomas Donahue/Capital Group Companies Endowed Scholarship in Political Science

A qualified candidate will be a full- or part-time student with a minimum of junior standing (62 credits or more), be majoring in political science or public administration, and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.

Award: $1,250
Scopes: College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences Scholarships

 

USWA Local 12075 Annual Scholarship in Human Services

To be eligible, full-time students must major in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or Political Science, have achieved sophomore standing (31 or more credits), have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, demonstrate financial need (FAFSA), and the ability or potential to make a positive contribution to their chosen fields.

Award: $500

Scopes: College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences Scholarships, College of Health & Human Services Scholarships

 

USWA Local 12075 Dannie Garver Memorial

Candidates must be full-time students pursuing a degree in social work, criminal justice, public administration, or political science. Applicants must also have completed 31 credits or more, have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher, demonstrate financial need (FAFSA), and demonstrate potential or ability or make a positive contribution to their chosen field.

Award :$500

Scopes: College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences Scholarships, College of Health & Human Services Scholarships

 

Apply to SVSU Private Scholarships through, PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS

 

 

Alumni Spotlights

Terrance Moore

" As a student in the MPA program, I've already gained essential professional skill to essential professional skill to lead in my career, including: grant writing, innovative PR/professional standards, HR procedures, critical thinking, communication skills and a secure grasp on the formulation implementation and evaluation legislative processes. These are skills I can also bring to the city of Saginaw and the police department."

Lisa Gills

" The MPA program at SVSU integrated leadership and personal attention into the foundational classes which allowed me to advance my career to a national level. The faculty in this program are extraordinary"

Theodore Lind

"The MPA program allowed me to connect with other driven professionals. I was not only able to learn from the amazing faculty, but I was able to leverage the expertise of my peers to have rich classroom discussions. I now have professional skills that are immediately applicable to my work environment"

CONTACT US.


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230
gradadm@svsu.edu
989-964-4085

Joseph Jaksa, Ph.D., CPP, MPA Program Coordinator
Brown Hall 317
jjjaksa@svsu.edu
(989) 964-2178

College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences
Wickes Hall 357
Dean Marc H. Peretz, D.M.A.
(989) 964-4062