Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah Georgia

Childhood and Exceptional Student Education


Childhood & Exceptional Student Education




Department of Childhood and
Exceptional Student Education
University Hall 269

About the Degree
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education (Initial Certification)


The Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education is designed for individuals seeking Georgia teacher certification as an elementary school teacher (pre-school through fifth grade).  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 secure initial teacher certification while earning a graduate degree.  The MAT also is for individuals who hold a teaching certificate and wish to change certification fields, thereby requiring initial certification in the new field.

Required courses

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.

Major Field Courses (11 hours)                                                                                 

EDUC 6000 Professional Orientation to Teaching 3
EDUC 6100 Technology Applications for Teachers  2
EDUC 6200 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment  3
EDUC 6300 Educating Students with Disabilities in Classroom 3

Early Childhood Courses (18 hours)

ECMT 6000 Teaching Reading and Diagnosis & Remediation 3
ECMT 6010 Developmental Characteristics of Young Child 3
ECMT 6020 Language Arts/Creative Activities 3
ECMT 6030  Social Studies/Science 3
ECMT 6040 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School  3
ECMT 6090 Classroom Management  3

Internship/Student Teaching (4 hours)

ECMT 6750 Graduate Internship                                                  4

                                            TOTAL                         33 hours

A full-time, semester-long, field-based graduate internship is under the tutelage of a university supervisor.  This internship cannot begin until all other required courses have been completed.

Students are eligible to take four courses during the first semester:  EDUC 6000, EDUC 6100, EDUC 6200, and EDUC 6300.  If possible, take EDUC 6000 and EDUC 6100 during the first semester.  These courses are prerequisite to ECMT 6000, 6010, 6020, 6030, 6040, and 6090.  The candidate must earn a B or higher in EDUC 6000 and EDUC 6100.
Most courses are offered face-to-face at night and some courses are available online.  Some courses require field experience.  Not all courses are offered every semester.  For example, the internship is offered only during the fall and spring semesters and during the day – when schools are in session.  (Please check the Class Schedule Listing on the Armstrong Web site to see course information for the upcoming semester.)