Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Elementary Education (P-5)

Major: ERED
Degree Awarded: MAT
Unit: GE
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Program Information

The MAT in Early Elementary Education enables graduate students to earn their initial teaching certificate for grades P-5 in Kentucky. Candidates learn to teach through instruction in pedagogy, child development, special education, gifted education, technology and diversity. They develop their skills in field experiences in local area schools. The Early Elementary Education program emphasizes meeting the needs of the individual learner using best instructional practices in a standards-based environment. Through coursework and clinical field experiences, teacher education students become critical thinkers who are prepared to meet the demands of 21st century elementary education.


Initial Assessment: Admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and Teacher Education; minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75; minimum GRE scores as required by EPSB; three letters of recommendation; professional statement; signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines; Bachelor’s degree and specific prerequisite courses; "C" or higher in English 102 and oral communication course; and acceptable interview.

*EDTP 602 Exploring Teaching Within the Socio-Cultural Context of P-12 Schools3
*ECPY 607 Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development3
*EDTP 501 General Methods3
(NOTE: The above three courses must be taken prior to any of the next 4 courses)3
*EDTP 603 Language Arts Methods3
*EDTP 604 Mathematics Methods3
*EDTP 605 Science Methods3
*EDTP 606 Social Studies Methods

Mid-Point Assessment: Prior to Student Teaching: No lower than 2.0 in each content methods class; all prerequisites met; all courses listed above passed; Positive recommendation from Elementary Program Committee (including assessment of dispositions and mid-program portfolio). Electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

*EDTP 615 Student Teaching (Primary)3
*EDTP 616 Student Teaching (Intermediate)3
*EDSP 545 Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom3

Certification Assessment:After Student Teaching: All certification course work* completed with 2.5 cumulative GPA; 2.0 or higher in each student teaching course; Passing scores on required PRAXIS and PLT exams; Positive recommendation from Elementary Program Committee (including assessment of dispositions and final certification portfolio).

EDTP 503 Developing Cross-Cultural Competence 1
EDTP 580 Digital Citizenship: Teaching with Technology 1
1 Can be taken at any point in the program.
* Course is required for certification

Minimum Total Credit Hours


Prerequisite courses remaining to complete certification requirements:

Degree Assessment: All program course work with 3.0 cumulative GPA(and no more than a total of two “C’s” in degree courses); Positive recommendation from Elementary Program Committee (including assessment of dispositions and final degree portfolio).

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Profession Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements".


Kathryn Whitmore Barten


Sherri Brown

Associate Professor

Tammi Davis


Betty Doyle


John Finch


Amy Seely Flint


Pam Jett


Justin McFadden

Assistant Professor

Lori Norton-Meier


Mikkaka Overstreet


Caroline Sheffield

Associate Professor

Steve Swan


Shelley Thomas

Associate Professor