Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in Early Childhood Education must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university/college.

A formal application process is completed through the Office of Admission and includes the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Copies of all undergraduate transcripts
  • A personal statement/essay that:
    • explains the primary reason for seeking admission to the licensure in early childhood education program
    • describes experiences working with young children in community and school settings
    • provides a rationale for a choice for an area of specialization
  • A 2.750 or higher GPA, which may be calculated in one of three ways:
    • a 2.750 combined GPA from all institutions of higher education,
    • a 2.750 cumulative GPA from the institution granting the most recent degree, or
    • a 2.750 cumulative GPA calculated using the last four semesters of college-level coursework (minimum of 48 semester hours).
    • All prior coursework used for prerequisite and licensure requirements must be used in the calculation of this GPA.
  • A State of Illinois criminal background check completed within the past 90 days
  • An interview with the program director in person or by phone prior to final admission
  • The following prerequisite coursework will be required of all students seeking to obtain an Initial Professional Educator License in Illinois:
    • One course in The Exceptional Child including methods (three semester hours),
    • Coursework in three laboratory science areas (i.e., physical, life, and earth and space); and
    • Coursework in four social sciences (i.e., history, geography, civics and government, and economics of Illinois, the United States and the world)

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