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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.

Program Highlights

  • 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 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.

Endorsement Requirements

Early Childhood Endorsement Requirements >>

Program Requirements

Early Childhood Classroom Teaching Requirements

Ideal for teachers wishing to specialize in Early Childhood Classroom Teaching, birth through age eight.

Individuals interested in applying to our MAT program are encouraged to contact their Faculty Advisor according to specialization for further information and to discuss various options. To schedule an appointment, please contact the appropriate advisor (based on the first letter of your last name) directly by phone or email.

MAT - Early Childhood

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(989) 964-4057(989) 964-4057
Toll-free: 1-800-968-2540


James E. Tarr, Ph.D.

Acting Assistant Dean & Professor

Colleen D'Arcy, Ph.D.


College of Education Dean's Office
Gilbertson Hall, North 275
University Center, MI 48710


8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.