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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog (As of 09-20-21) 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog (As of 09-20-21) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education, M.A.T.

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Program Requirements

  • Credit Hours: 45
  • Clinical Practice Internship
  • 75 field hours

Additional Required Coursework

Students’ transcripts will be evaluated; if a deficiency in liberal arts and/or education coursework is determined, additional courses may be required and included in the Program of Study. Candidates have one calendar year following program acceptance to complete the additional coursework. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all additional required courses. If candidates need more time to complete these courses, they may request an extension. All coursework must be completed by the start of clinical internship.

Certification/licensure requirements for M.A.T. students are described in the teacher education program student information packet for M.A.T. students and the Clinical Practice Handbook. As part of the certification procedure, each M.A.T. student must take the national PRAXIS tests: Education of the Young Child and Principles of Learning and Teaching. Advisors will provide important details about this requirement. All examinations are administered by the Educational Testing Service. One copy of each test score must be sent directly to the College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance and another copy to the South Carolina State Department of Education.


*Must be taken concurrently.


*Must be taken concurrently.

Culminating Professional Experiences (9 Credit Hours)


The School of Education, Health, and Human Performance policy states that field experience and clinical practice placements are made within the tri-county area. The School of Education, Health and Human Performance reserves the right to place candidates in the closest approximate placement.

Title II Report Card

The College of Charleston Title II Report Card can be located by going to the South Carolina Department of Education Title II website: http:// title2.ed.gov. Additionally, copies of the report can be requested by contacting the director of the Office of Student Services and Certification at 843-953-5613 or 86 Wentworth Street, College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001. To discuss the College of Charleston Title II Report Card, contact the dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance at 843.953.5613.

For the purposes of Title II reporting, a program completer is defined as a candidate who has successfully completed clinical practice.

Transfer Credit Policy

An applicant to the M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education program may seek approval from the program director to accept up to six transfer credit hours. These courses must have a grade of B or higher, and can count toward any core course in the Early Childhood Education program.

Students may take a course at another CEC/NAEYC accredited institution after being accepted to a master’s program and that course can count towards the student’s degree requirements, but the student must make the request one semester in advance and meet with his/her faculty advisor for approval. Once the advisor approves, the request will be forwarded to the program director for final approval. Grades of B and higher will be accepted. No pass/satisfactory grades or field hours will be accepted.

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