Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Teaching

Early childhood educators lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and have profound impacts on a child's development, providing crucial stimulation and guidance during the time in which a child's brain is growing faster than any other period in life. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Early Childhood Education at the College of Charleston is designed for qualified students who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than teacher education. The program prepares candidates for South Carolina licensure for teaching children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade three and is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  

Students participate in intensive, supervised field experiences across multiple grade levels and also have the opportunity to learn from master teachers at our university lab school, the NE Miles Early Childhood Development Center, which serves children ages two through kindergarten. 

In the Early Childhood MAT program, students take courses in child development, learning theory, family and teaching methods. Particular emphasis is placed on observing and interacting with children and families from diverse backgrounds. Students leave prepared to inspire, lead and advocate for young children and their families in a variety of settings. 

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Our partners at TEACH South Carolina (TeachSC) have free tools and resources to make applying to our program—and becoming a classroom teacher—easier! Create an account today and immediately access:

  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • $100 fee reimbursement towards any of our application and testing expenses.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances.
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition.

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*Nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)