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Master of Arts in Teaching – Early Childhood Education (MAT)

Converse College’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education, now conveniently located on the University Center of Greenville campus, is a 48 credit-hour program designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education who are interested in working with children in pre-kindergarten through third-grade.

This degree is designed to help students reach the following specific goals and objectives:

  • Thorough course of study in human growth and development;
  • Develop skills in appropriate pedagogy and classroom management;
  • Apply theories and principles from course work to clinical experiences;
  • Promote a broad knowledge of the history, theory, and professional practices related to early childhood education;
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency in instructional technology, including the knowledge of skills, strategies, software and hardware to be used in classroom management and computer-assisted instruction;
  • Plan, implement and assess instruction in simulated settings and in real classroom settings as a student teacher;
  • Organize and effectively manage a pre-kindergarten through third grade placement in the public schools.

Why Pursue your MAT in Early Childhood Education with Converse?

Converse is well known across this region for excellence, particularly in teacher education, and has prepared thousands of teachers for successful careers. Converse’s early childhood degree program has earned national recognition from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is fully accredited by CAEP. It will prepare you to become an effective teacher with an in-depth knowledge base of your field and appropriate teaching strategies for the developmental level of your students. The program is guided by experienced faculty who model best practices in the classroom, use the latest smart technology in their instruction, and continually challenge students to integrate theory with practice.

Candidates participate in clinical experiences in which they observe and teach young children, develop a clear understanding of developmentally appropriate instructional methodology, and participate in curriculum and program planning for pre-kindergarten through third grades. Their coursework provides a professional understanding and skill set about the child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

Converse College’s fully-accredited program leads to certification in South Carolina.

Offered pending accreditor approval of UCG location

For valuable information about the Converse Master of Arts in Teaching – Early Childhood Education, please click here: Converse MAT –  Early Childhood Education