Teaching M.A.T. (Early Childhood Education Concentration)

Study Concentration Five: Early Childhood Education, (45-48 Hours) Online

Program Intent and Admission Requirements:

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) leads to initial teaching certification and a master’s degree for those persons who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. There are six study concentrations/tracks based on educational background and career goals:

  • Study Concentration 5: Early Childhood Education certification (P-5) for candidates who hold a bachelor's degree. The program of study is designed to meet all content and method requirements for initial certification in 45-48 credit hours.  Candidates are required to complete 900 clinical hours to meet certification requirements.  Theses clinical hours are included in this program of study and may be completed at public school sites within the state of Georgia in the region in which the candidate lives. 

Admission Requirements


  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  3. Present a total adjusted GPA of 2.75 or higher on all teaching field course work.
  4. Present a current official report from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) showing competitive scores. 
  5. Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
  6. Submit a passing score on the GACE Content Assessment in the area for which one is seeking certification. The Early Childhood Education assessment consists of two subtests: a combined version of the test is also offered. 
  7. Complete the state-required Georgia Educator Ethics--Program Entry (350) assessment. A minimum score is not required.
  8. Qualify for a Georgia Pre-Service certificate or Induction Pathway 4 certificate (see Certification section in the Graduate Catalog).
  9. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 500 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study, describes their commitment to explore, acknowledge, and appreciate the home and community culture of their future students, and explains their desire to learn strategies that integrate cultural experiences, values, and understanding into the P-5 teaching and learning environment. 
  10. Acknowledge ”Disclosure and Affirmation” statements that address the Code of Ethics for Educators and the need for tort liability insurance.
  11. International applicants and U.S. citizens whose native language is not English must demonstrate competence in English. Applicants must take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and post a score of at least 80 (internet-based test, IBT), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test) on the TOEFL. The official TOEFL score may not be more than two years old. Those who do not meet the minimum proficiency standard may be recommended for enrollment in University English courses or for English courses offered by the English Language Program (ELP) on campus prior to admission to the program. 
  12. If an applicant was previously enrolled in an initial teacher preparation program, an interview must be completed with the Program Coordinator prior to admission to the program.


Applicants may be approved for Provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of B or higher in their first nine (9) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Study Concentration Five, 45-48 Credit Hours

Early Childhood Education (Grades P-5) (Online)

Specific Program Requirements for Concentration Five

Credit Hours
Step One: Summer One6
The following courses are prerequisites to Steps Two and Three
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Elementary Education
Introduction to Special Education
<sup>Admission criteria to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), must be met for progression to Step Two.</sup>
Step Two: Fall One9
Problem Solving and Mathematical Representations in the Elementary Classroom
Critical Approaches to Early Childhood Development and Learning
Approaches to Literacy Instruction
Step Three: Spring One9
Advanced Mathematics Methods
Seminar in P-5
Cultural Issues: ESOL
Step Four: Summer Two6
Advanced Language Arts Methods
Assessment and Management of Elementary Learners
Step Five: Fall Two9
Advanced Science Methods
Advanced Social Studies Methods
Literacy in the Content Areas
Step Six: Spring Two 6-9
Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (for candidates who are not teaching full time.)
Internship in Early Childhood (for candidates who are currently teaching full time on an Induction Pathway 4 certificate.)
<sup>Candidates who are teaching full-time on a level 4 Induction Pathway 1 certificate may apply for the level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate upon successful completion of Steps 1-6. Candidates who are not teaching during the program may apply for a level 5 Induction Pathway 1 certificate after successful completion of Steps 1-6 and obtaining a teaching position.</sup>
Total Credit Hours45-48
  • All new MAT candidates must attend the summer weekend-long orientation meeting prior to entering Step Two of the program in order to meet registration requirements.
  • Candidates must take courses in the sequenced order to meet Early Childhood Education Program Key Assessment criteria.
  • Candidates are required to complete 900 clinical hours to meet certification requirements. These clinical hours are included in the courses in this program of study.
  • Although this is a fully online program, candidates are strongly encouraged to attend Student Teaching Orientation and all edTPA information sessions their final semester in the program.


Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.


Department of Teaching and Learning
P.O.Box 8134
Statesboro, GA 30460
Concentration Five, Dr. Julie Garlen
(912) 478-5441
Fax: (912) 478-0026.