The Early Childhood Education MAT program is for those individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree (outside of education) and are interested in becoming licensed to teach Preschool through Grade 5 in the State of Ohio (the Ohio Primary License). This program also allows you to earn a level one Primary Years Program certificate with the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Early Childhood Education - M.A.T.
The ECED MAT program at Kent State is an intensive 18-month / 5-semester program that requires full-time study on the Kent campus. The program begins in mid-May (Intersession) and you will attend classes during Summer (I), Fall (I), Spring, Summer (II), and Fall (II). You will complete your student teaching experience in Fall (II) and graduate in December.
The next cohort will start in Summer 2025, with transcripts being reviewed continuously by Erin Harwood or Dr. Julie Stoll. The application deadline for the Summer 2025 cohort is February 1, 2025. Initial licensure programs require a cohort admission review process. Applications will be accepted for this program starting late Summer 2024, but admission decisions will not be made until after the deadline when all completed applications have been submitted.
Due to the intensive nature of the program, you will observe and teach in a field site during most of your ECED MAT experience. It is not recommended that you work during this program. If you do plan to continue employment, you should do so on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays.