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 2021, with transcripts being reviewed continuously by Erin Harwood or Dr. Janice Kroeger. The application deadline for the Summer 2021 cohort is January 20, 2021. Applications for this program will be accepted starting in Fall 2020.

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.

Plan of Study for the Summer 2021 Early Childhood MAT program (PDF)


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

As soon as you decide to apply, download the Early Childhood MAT packet using the link below. This packet will provide all of the information you need to apply to the MAT program:

Early Childhood MAT Packet (PDF)

Alternatively, email Erin Harwood at to request an Early Childhood MAT application packet, and she will mail you the packet. Specify in your email that you would like the Early Childhood MAT packet, and be sure to include your home address, email address, and phone number in your email.


NOTE: The Praxis Core Exams have been eliminated from the Summer 2021 Early Childhood MAT list of admission requirements.  Admission to this cohort does NOT require standardized test scores.

You will need to take the Praxis Core: Reading, Writing and Math, for admission consideration to the program. (The GRE is no longer required.) Visit the ETS Praxis site for more information.

Financial Aid

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