MAT - Master of Arts in Teaching (Early Childhood Unified Residency Track)

The WSU MAT-ECU program reflects what is currently known about best practices in early childhood teacher preparation. With an emphasis on urban schools, the program prepares teaching residents to meet the needs of children with and without disabilities in varied settings. The MAT-ECU teacher residency program was developed using a PDS philosophy that centers on shared responsibility for teacher preparation between universities and schools as well as a shared responsibility for student learning. It involves students working in classrooms as paraprofessionals while working on their graduate degree and initial licensure.


The program is limited to individuals who have:

  1. Completed at least a BA/BS degree from an accredited higher education institution prior to entry into the program.
  2. For full admission, a GPA of 3.000, or a GPA of 2.750 to 2.999 to be admitted on probation.

Applicants to the MAT ECU residency program must pass a criminal background check that they obtain at their own expense. Information regarding the approved background check service provider is available from Education Support Services.

Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) early childhood unified residency (ECU-R) track is offered for students seeking initial KSDE license in early childhood unified: birth–third grade. The graduate level initial licensure program consists of 36 credit hours. The core curriculum consists of:

Select courses in child development and pedagogy21
Select research and reflection (within the 11 hours of research, students are required to complete either an action research portfolio or a master’s thesis)11
Select an internship with university supervisors provided4
Total Credit Hours36

MAT ECU-R Program of Study

Required Courses
CESP 729Theories of Early Childhood Development3
CI 603Foundations of Early Childhood Unified2
CI 614ECU Assessment and Methods: Infants, Toddlers and Families3
CI 617ECU Assessment & Methods: Preschool3
CI 704Assessment & Methods K-13
CI 711Multicultural Education3
CI 733Assessments & Methods: Grades 2-33
CI 743Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship I1
CI 744Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship II1
CI 748Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship III1
CI 749Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship IV1
CI 796Family and Professional Collaboration3
CI 849Practices and Trends in Action Research2
CLES 801Introduction to Educational Research3
Capstone Courses
CI 860Seminar in Research Problems2
Select one of the following combinations2
Evidence Based Inquiry: Capstone Project Proposal
and Evidence-Based Inquiry: Capstone Project
Master’s Thesis
and Master’s Thesis
Total Credit Hours36

 Applied Learning

Students are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from programs in curriculum and instruction. The requirements can be met by completing either a master’s thesis or capstone research project in which the emphasis is on applying professional practices to research and is directly linked to applied learning.