Master of Arts in Teaching (Initial Licensure): Early Childhood

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 this information 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 5 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 online format for the convenience of our dedicated adult students.

The next cohort will be offered in Summer 2023, with transcripts being reviewed continuously by Erin Harwood or Dr. Julie Stoll. The application deadline for the Summer 2023 cohort is January 20, 2023. Applications for this program will be accepted starting in Fall 2022.

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, science, and/or history/social studies), 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 reviews can take a few weeks to complete and return.

Please forward your transcript(s) to Erin Harwood, Graduate Senior Advisor: (Unofficial copies are fine for prerequisite review purposes.)


Application to the Early Childhood MAT Program at Kent State University

For admission requirements, please visit the Early Childhood Education - MAT page of the Kent State University catalog, and select Program Info.

Application to the Early Childhood MAT program is online through the Division of Graduate Studies:

Online Graduate Application

Financial Aid

For information on financial aid and current tuition rates, please visit the One Stop for Student Services website.