Childhood & Exceptional Student Education


Department of Childhood and
Exceptional Student Education
University Hall 269

Program Overview
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education (Initial Certification)

Program Features

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education is designed for individuals seeking Georgia teacher certification as an elementary school teacher (P-5).  The program is suitable for individuals with an undergraduate major in any discipline.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree who wish to earn a graduate degree with teacher certification.  The MAT also is for individuals who hold a teaching certificate and wish to change certification fields, thereby acquiring initial certification in the new field.

Program Outcomes

The Armstrong program meets the following goals:

  • Develop elementary teachers, pre-school through grade five, who teach using research-based effective teaching practices.
  • Develop highly skilled elementary teachers who can
    • serve a broad spectrum of constituencies.
    • serve the needs of individuals within the Armstrong service area in southeast Georgia.
    • teach so all learn the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
    • prevent early learning difficulties that may ultimately lead to school failure.
    • support area communities’ efforts to improve elementary school education.
    • demonstrate teacher effectiveness using graduate candidate investigative methods.

Courses & Requirements

The program of study consists of 11 required courses totaling 33 semester hours.  These courses deliver an overall foundation for teaching, address the particular needs of early childhood students, emphasize appropriate subject matter and provide clinical experience through student teaching. A full-time, semester-long, field-based graduate internship is under the tutelage of a university supervisor.  All coursework must be completed prior to internship.

You may begin this program during any semester. Please view the course rotation schedule for semester specific offerings.


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Students assume primary responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with program requirements. Questions should be directed to the student's advisor or academic department.