Child Development, Early Education and Family Studies (Birth-Kindergarten) (M.A.T.)

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) – Child Development, Early Education and Family Studies (Birth-Kindergarten) program (MAT B-K) is designed for college graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree in child development and family studies, early childhood education, consumer sciences or a related discipline and want to become licensed early care and education teachers. Students completing this degree will be licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to teach young children birth to age 5 (with and without disabilities) and support their families in learning environments such as community-based child care and early childhood programs, and pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms (public and private).

The degree enables candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become excellent early educators. The MAT program is designed for individuals who have a four-year college degree who desire a teaching license in the state of North Carolina. The MAT degree option is ideal for recent college graduates, residency license (formerly lateral entry) teachers, teaching assistants with baccalaureate degrees and mid-career changers who possess a wealth of content knowledge and career-related experience.

Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Family Science / Studies / Relations / Ecology / Services
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies