James Madison University

College of Education

Early Childhood Education (M.A.T.)


MSC 0206

College of Business

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.T. - Early Childhood Education; M.Ed. with a concentration in Early Childhood Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The mission of the ECED M.A.T. is to prepare professional early childhood teachers who provide developmentally appropriate programming for children in educational settings. Candidates are prepared to:

  • Make effective decisions about curriculum and instructional methods based on an understanding of the whole child, child development theory and research on best practices.
  • Interact and communicate effectively with young children.
  • Assess children's growth and development using multiple data sources.
  • Communicate effectively and work cooperatively with parents/families, school personnel and the broader community.
  • Engage other professionals, colleagues and administrators in support of children as members of a learning community.

Candidates in the program are expected to demonstrate commitment to their own professional growth and development; to follow standards of ethical professional behavior and practice; to advocate on behalf of all children, their families and early childhood education; and to become educational leaders.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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