Master's of Arts in Teaching

Dear Prospective MAT Student:
Thank you for your interest in the Nationally Recognized Early Childhood Master of Arts in Teaching program at Kent State University. Please review the information in this letter carefully. We believe you will find this information helpful as you begin your application to the program.

Program Overview

The Early Childhood MAT program is for those individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree in another subject area and who are interested in becoming certified to teach Preschool through Grade 3 in the state of Ohio.

The MAT program at Kent State is an 18-month intensive, 5-semester program. You will attend classes during Summer I, Fall, Spring, Summer I, and Fall. You will graduate in December. We are in the process of moving some courses/content to an on-line format for the convenience of our dedicated adult students.

View 2015-2016 Program of Study (doc)

The next cohort will be offered in Summer 2017. Please check Kent State's official academic calendar for specific semester start dates.

Due to the intensive nature of the program, you will observe and teach in a field site during most of your MAT experience. Most students who are employed during this program need to do so after the end of the school day, typically after 3:30PM, and on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays.

Transcript Review

Depending on the coursework taken for completion of your initial degree, you may have to take one or more prerequisite courses, (i.e., child development, math and/or science), in addition to the required MAT course sequence. Many of these courses must be taken prior to beginning the program. You must submit your complete undergraduate transcript(s) for review. If you have completed any graduate coursework, you should submit those transcripts as well. Once your transcripts have been reviewed, we will let you know if there are any prerequisite courses you must take. Transcript review will take about four weeks.

Please have your transcript(s) mailed to:

Erin Harwood
Graduate Advisor

Application to Kent State University as a Graduate Student

The first step in applying for the Early Childhood MAT program is to gain admission as a graduate student of the University. Inquiries and application to the University are handled by the Division of Graduate Studies in Cartwright Hall. You must apply on-line and send all required documents to the Division of Graduate Studies (650 Hilltop Drive, Kent, OH 44242-0001).

Visit their website for additional information

If you have questions about the status of your application, once it has been submitted, you have three options:

  • Look on-line to check the status of your application
  • Call Graduate Studies at 330-672-2661
  • Email Graduate Studies at

Application to the Early Childhood MAT Program at Kent State University

As soon as you decide to apply, email Janene Jones at to request an Early Childhood MAT application packet. Specify in your email that you would like the Early Childhood MAT packet. The application packet will provide all of the information you need to apply to the MAT program. Be sure to include your home address, email address, and phone number in your email. Mrs. Jones will mail you the necessary forms and instructions.

GRE and Praxis

You will need to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the mathematics portion of the Praxis (PPST).

Application Due Date & Decision

Your application must be received by March 17th of the year you intend to enroll. You will be contacted to schedule an interview in April. Decisions will be made shortly after the interview.

Financial Aid

For information on financial aid please visit their website.

The cost of graduate credit changes periodically. Check the tuition & fees website for current information.

Early Childhood FAQs