MA in Teaching, Preliminary ECSE Credential

The skills you’ll develop in this Master of Arts in Teaching, Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education program will benefit very young children with special needs. This MAT includes your ECSE Credential in California.

Earn More than an MAT

This coursework combines your Master of Arts in Teaching in Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education with your ECSE Credential, which is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. You’ll learn how to work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with disabilities. You’ll develop strategies to connect with these young students, building developmentally appropriate special education lessons, instruction, and support.

As an ECSE credential student, you will:

  • Use theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Differentiate instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment data to inform instruction
  • Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
  • Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions.
  • Create an action research proposal that seeks to solve a personal educational dilemma.


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Our MAT combines a master’s degree and a Preliminary ECSE Credential into one program to help you gain the knowledge you need to become the teacher that you always wanted to be.

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UMass Global’s MAT and credentials are recognized by the California Council on Teacher Credentialing.

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Our MAT utilizes technology to help you differentiate your instruction and adapt to the ever-changing tools, platforms and resources. Create engaging lesson plans that you can utilize inside the brick and mortar classroom, teaching online or hybrid.


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University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

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    My first experience with Brandman* was when I was a special education teacher when my district paired up with them for an autism certificate.  I liked it because I was able to still work and do everything else I needed to do.
    Kelly H.
    MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    dawn perez brandman
    Brandman* has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
    Dawn P.
    MA, Special Education
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    Amy J.
    I took the Autism classes [through Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in the Master of Special Education.  I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
    Amy J.
    MA, Special Education

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the teaching credential program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Official transcripts showing a conferred Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    California Only

    This program requires state licensure which is limited to the state of California and approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Program fieldwork which includes but is not limited to observation hours, practicum, student teaching, or internship must be met in the state of CA, at a pre-approved school site.

    Letter of Good Standing

    Applicants transferring from another institution's teaching credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in the program. The letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, department chair, director of teacher education, or someone in a similar position

    Prior to Admission

    Subject matter competency must be fulfilled to qualify for enrollment in student teaching or internship. Candidates must sign an intent to satisfy the subject matter competency requirement through one of the following: CSET exam; subject matter preparation program; approved coursework aligned with subject matter domains; or approved academic degree.


    MAT with Preliminary Early Childhood Education Specialist Program Curriculum

    • Please note that the required Prerequisites for the credential are completed outside of the degree program.

      Code Course Name Credits
      ECED 330   Dual Language Learners and Their Families


      EDUU 639

      Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Education


      EDUU 644

      Development, Risk, and Resilience


      EDUU 665 Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Ed 3
      Total Credits 12
    • Code Course Name Credits
      Content/Emphasis Area Courses


      EDUU 666 Family Guided Practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


      EDUU 667

      Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


      EDUU 668 

      Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


      EDUU 667 

      Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 


      EDUU 668 

      Curriculum and Intervention in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education 


      EDUU 679 

      Advanced Strategies in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education


      EDUU 602 Positive Behavior Supports 3
      EDUU 645 Consultation, Collaboration and Co-teaching in Early Intervention and EarlyChildhood Special Educ 3
      Content/Emphasis Area Subtotal


       *Clinical Practice credits vary depending on whether the candidate is a student teacher or intern.  
      Clinical Practice Subtotal


       Total Credits  40-42
       Advanced Core Courses  
      EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods  
      EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory


      EDUU 609 Seminar in Curriculum Studies


      EDUU 610 The Teacher as Scholarly Practitioner


      EDUU 611 Action Research Development


      Advanced Core Subtotal


       *Clinical Practice Options


       Total Credits  55-57
       *Clinical Practice Options: Student Teaching or Internship  
      Student Teaching  


      EDTU 554

      Student Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education


      EDUU 576

      Education Specialist Student Teaching Seminar A


      EDTU 555

      Student Teaching II: Early Childhood Special Education


      EDUU 577 Education Specialist Student Teaching Seminar B 2


       EDTU 575-A Supported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education (Interns Only)  2
       EDTU 575-B Supported Teaching I:Early Childhood Special Education (Interns Only)  2
       EDTU 575-C Supported Teaching I: Early Childhood Special Education (Interns Only)  2
       EDTU 576-A Supported Teaching II: Early Childhood Special Education (Interns Only)  2
       *Clinical Practice credits vary depending on whether the candidate is a student teacher or intern.
       Intern Seminars   2
      EDUU 580  Education Specialist Intern Seminar A


      EDUU 581  Education Specialist Intern Seminar B  
       *Clinical Practice Subtotal    10-12

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    Early Childhood Education

    What is the purpose of early childhood education?

    Simply put, the purpose of ECE is to provide children with strategies that help them develop the emotional, social and cognitive skills needed to become lifelong learners. Curricula is set up to encourage young students to learn about themselves and the world through play and sensory experiences. Read more.

    What does a high-quality ECE program look like?

    A good early childhood education program is dynamic, challenging, enriching and carefully planned. A typical ECE curriculum might incorporate songs, books, art, games, toys, experiences and nature exploration into the daily lesson plans for a class or group. Explore more important elements.

    Why is early childhood education important?

    During the early childhood education years, the brain makes millions of synapses every second that allow us to move, think, communicate and comprehend our environments. Children in ECE programs are less likely to repeat a grade, more prepared for school and more likely to earn more in the workforce. Explore more benefits.

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