The M.A.T. program in Early Childhood (ECED) Special Education requires 39 graduate units of course work. In addition, students may also be required to complete specific content area prerequisites in mathematics, science, English, social science and state approved reading courses. Please see the Admission Requirements section for information on the transcript analysis process. The M.A.T. program in ECED Special Education prepares students to teach grades birth-3.
ECED Special Education is only available as an Extended Year option. The Extended Year option allows students to design a course of study to fit their schedules (generally one, two or three evening courses per semester). This option begins any semester of the year (fall, spring or summer).
All students enrolled in the M.A.T. program must complete a part-time internship in the final fall semester of the program followed by a full-time internship in the final spring semester of the program. Internships are completed in appropriate special education classroom settings. Students are responsible for transportation to the field placements and internships. The development and presentation of a portfolio will take the place of a master’s thesis. All M.A.T. program requirements must be completed within seven years.
In addition to completing the M.A.T. program requirements, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires that all applicants for state teaching licensure successfully complete the PRAXIS II examinations in their area of specialization.