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Teaching: Concentration PreK-3

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Why Study PreK-3

In the Department of Teaching and Learning, you will have the opportunity to learn the skills required to be a professional educator. The PreK-3 M.A.T. program allows you to complete initial licensure requirements and earn your master’s degree in as few as 15 months. All classes are taught by dynamic and experienced faculty of early childhood or elementary education. Extensive classroom practical application is also a critical part of your training as a teacher. You will have the opportunity to observe experienced educators, work with primary-aged children in a variety of school settings, and take the lead as the classroom teacher during your final semesters. The Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education has an enduring reputation for producing some of the very best teachers in the state, with area administrators seeking our graduates. Moreover, we have smaller classes compared to many larger universities, and our seminar-style courses encourage the free exchange of ideas. As a student in the College of Education, you will feel and experience the collaborative and supportive learning environment as you work with your peers and faculty to fulfill your dream of becoming a teacher.

The Pre-K-3 concentration will prepare you to be a successful classroom teacher in the primary grades. All classes are taught by faculty with extensive training in the content and pedagogy of elementary education. All faculty teaching in the program are experienced classroom teachers with years of valuable practical experience.

In the Pre-K-3 M.A.T. program you will have a broad-base and comprehensive liberal arts education. In the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, you will learn the important skill, pedagogical knowledge, and dispositional requirements for teaching students in the PreK-3 classroom. Not only will you learn the information and content to be an effective teacher of young children, you will have extensive hands-on practical experiences in classroom with opportunities to teach young children in individual settings, in small groups and as taking the lead as the teacher in the classroom.

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Teaching: PreK-3, MAT


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.