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MAT IECE

Program Info

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program prepares individuals with or without prior teacher preparation to work with young children from birth through kindergarten. It leads to teacher certification and a Masters degree. Graduates of the program holding IECE certification are eligible to be employed as a public preschool or kindergarten teacher or a Developmental Interventionist with First Steps. While enrolled in the program degree candidates can be employed as fully qualified teacher in Kentucky Schools.

Grant Scholarship Information

MSU is proud to announce the availability of grant scholarships for students in the IECE MAT program. Preparing Early Educators in Appalachian Kentucky (PEEAK) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and is a five year personnel preparation grant running 2015-2019. The purpose of the grant is to prepare highly qualified early childhood special educators and early interventionists to serve in high need areas, such as the Morehead service region.

More than 30 students will be funded for the IECE MAT Program over 5 years. Funding includes:

  • Tuition for courses in the IECE MAT program
  • Book stipend (up to $300 per year)
  • Travel stipend (up to $400 per year)

Students enrolled in the MAT program and eligible for Traineeship funding (public preschool teachers) are required to apply for and use Traineeship funding first- then PEEAK provides any additional funding needed. Undergraduate students, graduate students in the Teacher Leader program and graduate students in other MAT programs (non-IECE) are not eligible.

There is a service obligation attached to this grant funding. For every academic year of funding provided under PEEAK, scholars are required to provide the "full-time equivalent" 2 years of service. The IECE MAT program is designed to take 2-2.5 years to complete so the average scholar will "owe" 4-5 years of service in the ECSE/EI field.

  • For additional details about PEEAK funding or an application, contact Stephanie Akers (s.akers@moreheadstate.edu or 606-783-2896) or Dr. Elizabeth McLaren (e.mclaren@moreheadstate.edu or 606-783-2537).

Accreditations

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

NCATE is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation.

Education/National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

Admission Requirements :

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for applicants who have not previously successfully completed a program leading to teacher certification must meet the following admission criteria

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree program. 
  2. Admission to graduate program. 
  3. Submission of a national and state criminal history background check by the Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that meets the requirements of Kentucky House Bill 204. 
  4. Proof of CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Central Registry Check from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 
  5. Official transcript from an accredited institution verifying a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or a GPA of 3.0 on a four point scale on the last 30 hours of coursework taken at either the graduate or undergraduate level. 
  6. Successful completion of the following PRAXIS pre-professional skills assessments tests administered by the Educational Testing Service :
  7. A signed statement that the applicant has read and under- stands the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel and Kentucky's fitness and character requirements for teachers. 
  8. Completion of and successful evaluation by program faculty of an admission interview demonstrating 1) effective communication, 2) creativity, 3) critical thinking, 4) ability to effectively collaborate with others, and 5) an understanding of the professional dispositions required of teachers. This will include a written essay and oral interview to be completed after submission and acceptance of all other admission requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for applicants who have previously successfully completed a program leading to teacher certification must meet the following admission criteria 

  1. Admission to graduate program. 
  2. Submission of a national and state criminal history background check by the Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that meets the requirements of Kentucky House Bill 204. 
  3. Proof of CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Central Registry Check from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 
  4. Official transcript from an accredited institution verifying successful completion of a degree at either the undergraduate or graduate level leading to teacher certification 
  5. A valid teaching certificate or statement of eligibility 
  6. Testing requirements are waived for applicants who either have completed an undergraduate program with a cumulative GPA. of 3.5 on a 4 points scale or have successfully completed a graduate teacher education program (either initial or advanced)
  7. Applicants not meeting these standards must submit a GRE or MAT score that results in an acceptable admission index. The admission index will be determined by the following: 
    - GRE score (verbal + quantitative) x undergraduate GPA = 850 (minimum); 
    - Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scaled score x undergraduate GPA = 980 (minimum). 

Program Requirements :

- Foundation Courses, 9 Credit Hours
- Methods Courses, 24 Credit Hours
- Practicum & Seminar, 18 Credit Hours
- Research Methods, 3 Credit Hours

MAT Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education application packet 

Address:

Primary Phone: 606.783.2598

E-mail: Elizabeth McLaren

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