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Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education

As an educator, you can make your mark on future generations through the positive impact you have on the lives of your students. For aspiring education professionals, MSU's Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education provides thorough preparation and strong support in an environment that facilitates hands-on, personalized learning in the classroom, combined with extensive field experiences. We are here to help you become the kind of professional educator who can meet the challenges of 21st Century classrooms.

Graduates of our programs are prepared to pursue careers in elementary education, education in public and private schools for young children (birth through kindergarten), private childcare programs, community support services (working with people with disabilities and working for employment programs, group homes, residential programs or comprehensive care centers) and special education.

Taking classes at MSU means you will earn your degree from an institution with a long-standing reputation for academic quality. We are excited to welcome you to campus and hope you will schedule a visit with us. During your visit you will take a tour of campus, meet with engaging and experienced professors and students in your education program of interest and get a sense of college life at MSU.

Advising Center

Advising is a crucial element in the successful completion of the Teacher Education Program. The Ernst & Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education Advising Center gives you access to staff and services focused on helping you as you progress through your degree and stay up-to-date with changes in teacher education.

Quality Assurance and Accreditation

Faculty and staff at MSU celebrate your success and support you through challenges — in and outside of the classroom. MSU's Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation provides the information, guidance and support services you need as you work towards your goal of completing the Teacher Education Program and initial teaching certification.

Professional Growth & Field Experience

MSU’s Professional Partnership Network (PPN) is designed to give you extended field experiences prior to entering your own classroom. Through partnership with a mentor teacher at a participating school, you will spend significantly more time in the same classroom each semester, learning professional skills through immersion in authentic classroom settings.

Student Feature

2019 MSU graduate Brianna Cottrell found support and career preparation at Morehead State. Now she’s preparing to put her education to work in her new job at Botts Elementary School. Brianna is from Morehead and will be teaching 4th grade.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

If you are a professional who has earned an undergraduate degree and would like to obtain teacher certification and a graduate degree, MSU offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. No prior teaching experience is required to enroll in the program, and once admitted into the program you may be employed as a fully qualified teacher in Kentucky schools as you work on completing your degree.
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