MAT, Preliminary Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential

This degree program with added ECSE credential is for teachers who work with infants, toddlers and preschool-age children with disabilities. As a graduate, you will put to use what you’ve learned, including how to provide developmentally appropriate special education lessons, instruction and support.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Preliminary Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential-Early Childhood Special Education helps teachers develop inclusive teaching methods to assist young children with identified special needs.

As a student, you will:

  • Use theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Differentiate instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment data to inform instruction
  • Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
  • Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions.
  • Create an action research proposal that seeks to solve a personal educational dilemma.



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Summer I (Apr 30, 2018)

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Completed application
  • Statement of Intent
  • Three recommendation forms
  • GPA: Meet 1 of these 3 GPA options for admission
  • Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Proof of a passing score on the CBEST or any CTC approved basic skills tests
California Residency

This program is only available to California residents

Letter of Good Standing

Applicants transferring from another institution's credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in the program. The letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, department chair, director of teacher education, or someone in a similar position

Graduate Level Exams

Candidates interested in the following credentials: Education Specialist, single subject or multiple subject credentials, must prove subject matter competency by providing evidence that they have registered for, taken or passed the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET) prior to admission to the program

Program Curriculum

  • Please note that the required Prerequisites for the credential are completed outside of the degree program.

    PSYU 323  Child Development 


    EDUU 513  Student Health and Safety 


    EDUU 551*  Educational Applications of Computers Level I 


    ECED 303 

    Integrating Learning Standards in Early Childhood Settings: Language and Literacy 


    ECED 330   Dual Language Learners and Their Families 


    Total Credits



    A waiver of the technology requirement may be granted based on successful completion of the CSET Educational Technology Exam, documentation of completion of regular education computers in education coursework from an accredited college or university, or the submission of an electronic portfolio (under certain conditions). 

  • Core


    EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching


    EDUU 511 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


    EDUU 512 The Art & Craft of Teaching


    EDUU 602 Positive Behavioral Supports


    EDUU 603 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


    Core Subtotal


    Emphasis Area


    EDUU 639  Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education 


    EDUU 665 

    Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education 


    EDUU 666 

    Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


    EDUU 667 

    Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 


    EDUU 668 

    Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 


    EDUU 669 

    Consultation and Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 


    Emphasis Area Subtotal


    Clinical Practice


    EDTU 594  Directed Teaching (Infant and Toddlers) 


    EDUU 544  Student Teaching Seminar I 


    EDTU 595  Directed Teaching (Preschool) 


    EDUU 545  Student Teaching Seminar II


    Clinical Practice Subtotal


    Advanced Core Courses


    EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods 


    EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory


    EDUU 609 Seminar in Curriculum Studies


    EDUU 610 The Teacher As Scholarly Practitioner


    EDUU 611 Action Research Development


    Advanced Core Courses Subtotal


    Total Credits


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