Advance Your Career in Teaching
Make a difference in a child’s life. Both our early childhood and childhood programs culminate in dual degrees in regular and special education, and focus on preparing you to teach in an urban environment.
- 42 credits
- Study full time or part-time
- Mix of online and on campus classes
- Evening and summer classes to accommodate the working professional
Early Childhood Dual Specialization
The early childhood program culminates in a dual degree in regular and special education for children from birth to grade 2, particularly those in an urban environment. The program offers a 12-month, full-time and part-time course of study, combining on campus and online courses. You'll graduate prepared for New York State teacher certification, including passing the edTPA.
Childhood Dual Specialization
The childhood program culminates in a dual degree in regular and special education for students in grades 1-6, particularly those in an urban environment. The program offers a 12-month, full-time and part-time course of study, combining on campus and online courses. You'll graduate prepared for New York State teacher certification, including passing the edTPA.
- Admissions application
- Transcript of your undergraduate degree from an accredited college, demonstrating academic strength, with an earned overall GPA of 3.0
- Professional resume
- Personal statement about why you want to become a teacher
- Two letters of reference attesting to your character and positive dispositions to become a teacher and advocate for students and families
- Personal interview
For certified teachers:
- Demonstration of current teaching license
For candidates interested in earning teacher certification for the first time:
- GRE scores in mathematics and writing
- NYS Education Department requires that individuals in teacher preparation programs leading to Initial Certification must:
- have earned 60 liberal arts credits with a C- or above, and
- have successfully completed at least 6 credits each (in semester-long courses) of college-level English, mathematics, science, and social science with a grade of C- or above.
The King Graduate School Admissions Department will review your transcript and determine if you have met these requirements. Monroe College offers a semester of undergraduate Foundation Courses to assist you in meeting the requirements, although you may choose to complete them at any accredited, approved college. All requirements must be met prior to acceptance into the MAT program.
The Master of Arts in Teaching is a 42-credit, dual degree program consisting of 10 core courses and two student teaching courses, plus submission of the edTPA for Students with Disabilities (SWD), as required for New York State certification. Certified teachers need just 33 credits to graduate.
The College also provides the following non-credit bearing seminars and workshops required by New York State:
- Online seminar in Child Abuse Prevention and Identification
- Seminar in Violence Prevention and Intervention
- Seminar in Dignity for all Students (DASA)
- Workshop to prepare you for the New York State EASE Certification Exam
- Workshop to prepare you for the New York State CST Certification Exam (Early Childhood/Childhood General Education and Special Education)
The professors and faculty at Monroe supported me every step of the way and made me feel I could go beyond any limitation.
MAT Childhood Urban & Special Education, 2021
BS Early Childhood Education, 2018
Observation and Assessment of Children with Exceptionalities
You'll have an opportunity to assess children in the field using instruments you have learned in class.
You will need a bachelor's degree with 60 credits in liberal arts to enter the MAT program. Depending on your undergraduate experience, you may be required to take foundation courses before beginning the program. Foundation courses are available on campus and online.