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Master of Arts in Teaching -
Early Childhood Classroom Teaching

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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

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

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Early Childhood Endorsement

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. 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. In addition, the new "ZS" endorsement allows teachers to teach early childhood special education for ages birth through three in home visiting programs and for ages three to six in early childhood special education classrooms. An average of 93% SVSU graduate students seeking the ZS endorsement pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification on their first attempt.

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