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 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 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.

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. Consult the MAT program website for further details.


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 the Division of Graduate Studies website for additional information

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

  • Look online 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.


You will need to take the Praxis Core: Reading, Writing and Math. (The GRE is no longer required.) Obtain Praxis Core information here.

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 the Student Financial Aid site.

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