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Early Childhood Education Master of Arts in Teaching

Gain extensive training and education for early childhood teaching certification, with a focus on shaping young learners. Our fully accredited programs for initial certification prepare exemplary teachers who inspire learners and build communities. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is specifically designed for students without teaching licensure.

About the Programs

This program consists of a core of courses that all degree candidates will complete, plus various specialization courses to meet state certification requirements in a particular discipline. There is an immersion option that will allow a cohort of full-time students to complete the program in one academic year beginning and ending with a summer session. Students who are employed full time may begin the program on a part-time basis beginning in the summer or spring.

36 credit fully accredited program

Graduate Admissions

Contact the Program Coordinator:
Jody Eberly,

MAT in Early Childhood Education

CAEP Accreditation

CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Princeton Center Teacher Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Early Childhood Education program is available to eligible graduates of Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE).

Program Planners & Courses

Program Planners forthcoming.

» View Graduate Bulletin for course descriptions

Application Requirements

Both Matriculation and Non-Matriculation options are available. Learn more about these options.

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Application fee
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • National standardized admission test requirement. See also exceptions for this requirement.
  • Resume/CV
  • Additional documents needed from international applicants seeking to study in the U.S.

» View Application Details for Elementary and Early Childhood Programs

Application Deadlines

Applicants need to make sure all materials are completed by either the Priority Consideration Deadline or the Final Deadline in order for an application to be considered complete.

TermPriority ConsiderationFinal Deadline
Fall MatriculationFebruary 1August 1*
Spring MatriculationOctober 1December 1*
Summer Matriculation (Preferred)February 1May 1*

*Applications will be considered on a space available basis up to and including the first day of the semester.

» View Application Deadline Details

Tuition & Costs

The College of New Jersey provides a high quality education at a lower than average cost than other schools of similar quality.

Tuition TypeRate
In-State / Nearby Tuition*$938.17 per credit
Out-of-State Tuition$1,368.05 per credit

*Includes nearby Pennsylvania zip codes in a 40 mile radius of TCNJ.

» View Tuition & Fees Details

The College Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing tuition, fees, housing and board plan rates. Tuition and fees schedules are subject to change without notice and upon action of the Board of Trustees.

Assistantships & Aid

Graduate Assistantships

TCNJ offers graduate assistantships that provide meaningful learning experiences while also supporting TCNJ’s educational mission. These assistantships require 15 hours of work per week during the fall and spring semesters while the college is in session. Only those full-time (minimum 9 credits/semester), matriculated graduate students in good academic standing with a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection.

Graduate Assistants are awarded a tuition waiver of $10,000.00 per academic year ($5,000 per semester for fall and spring only) and are hired on an annual basis for a maximum of two years.

» Learn more about Graduate Assistantships

Financial Aid
Students pursuing a graduate degree at TCNJ may be eligible for some types of student financial assistance, including but not limited to student loans and assistantships. Graduate students must follow the same steps as undergraduates in applying for federal loan assistance.

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least five credit hours at the 500 level or above in order to be eligible for student loan assistance and for TCNJ to certify enrollment for a loan repayment deferment.

Semester Enrollment Requirements for Graduate Students
Full-time status = 9 or more credit hours
Half-time status = 5 credit hours
The enrollment requirements pertain to individual summer session enrollment as well.

» Learn more about Financial Aid at TCNJ


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