Graduate MAT Degree in Elementary Education

Program Overview

If you have your bachelor’s degree and your goal is to become an elementary education teacher, Quinnipiac offers an intensive, cost-effective program that enables you to earn your master's degree in teaching and your certification in only five semesters.    

We have forged collaborative partnerships with several area schools to allow you to learn best practices in teaching while being an important part of that school’s educational team. We have partnerships with 17 school districts throughout the state of Connecticut. These districts understand the importance of providing high-quality teaching experiences and opportunities to learn for our teacher candidates in a hands-on classroom environment.

To help you secure your first job in education, we offer a range of career transition services including resume-writing workshops, mock interviews and assistance completing your certification paperwork.

Program Overview

Earn your master’s degree without breaking the bank

In our Graduate MAT program, you’ll start in the fall semester as a full-time graduate student and spend your first two semesters interning in a local school while attending evening courses on our North Haven Campus. This internship enables you to attend Quinnipiac tuition-free, paying only the fees. Your third semester takes place in the summer and is the only time you will be responsible for paying the full tuition and fees. For the final two semesters, you can reduce your costs even further by electing a second internship option. This qualifies you for another tuition waiver in the fourth semester, and half-price tuition in the fifth semester. Students who decide not to take a second internship are responsible for full tuition and fees for their final two semesters.

For more details on the costs or for a cost breakdown, please contact Graduate Financial Aid:

Learning to play

Quinnipiac student Kyanna Joseph, pursuing her graduate MAT degree in elementary education, works with Bridgeport first-grade students Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the School of Education on Quinnipiac's North Haven Campus.

Putting you at the front of the class

When Kyanna Joseph, MAT ’18, begins her teaching internship this fall, she’ll feel confident — not only in her ability to plan lessons, but to adapt them to the specific needs of a variety of young learners.

For this, the fifth-year elementary education student credits her fourth field study observation, during which she and her classmates assisted professors in urban, suburban and bilingual settings. This range of cultural and socioeconomic perspectives was especially important to Joseph.

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Shaping their future

Kyanna Joseph, MAT ’18 gained confidence to plan lessons while doing field study observation – this approach is a critical part of the Quinnipiac School of Education MAT program.

Curriculum and Requirements

Elementary Education MAT Curriculum

To complete all requirements of the MAT program, a candidate must complete all course work and successfully complete all performance tasks to qualify for teacher certification.

ED 521Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 525Diversity in the Classroom3
ED 535Elementary Internship & Seminar I1
ED 544Developing Literacy in the Primary Grades3
ED 545Elementary Internship & Seminar II1
ED 550Issues and Research in Education2
ED 556Teaching Literacy in Grades 4-63
ED 558Elementary School Science: Content and Pedagogy3
ED 562Facilitating the Arts in the Elementary Classroom2
ED 566Elementary School Social Studies: Content and Pedagogy2
ED 568Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Grades3
ED 569Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4-63
ED 571Learning and Teaching the Developing Child3
ED 572Advanced Learning and Teaching3
ED 575Teacher Discourse: Language and Communication Issues in the Elementary Classroom3
ED 577Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom3
ED 601Student Teaching and Seminar6
ED 614Elementary Education Internship III1
ED 615Elementary Education Internship IV1
ED 693Research I2
ED 694Research II2
SPED 552Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom3
Total Credits56

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Admissions Requirements

Application Overview

May 1 is the priority deadline for fall enrollment.

Admission to the Graduate MAT program is based on a holistic review by MAT program faculty of the following admission requirements:

Application Requirements

A preferred 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) for 45 credits of course work with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major (applicants with overall GPAs below 2.67 will not be considered).

A transcript review that indicates a “B” or better performance in courses related to mathematics as well as English/language arts. (Students whose transcripts do not meet this criteria will be required to provide proof of basic math/reading competencies as determined by the MAT program director.)

Provide evidence of one of the following basic skills assessments:
Praxis Core Mathematics, Reading, and Writing Tests, SAT, ACT

At least two written recommendations from individuals who have recent knowledge (within the last two years) of the applicant's suitability as a prospective educator, including one from a college instructor.

A written essay completed on-site that meets program standards.

A formal interview during which the applicant is expected to demonstrate: an ability to communicate clearly; a demeanor appropriate to the teaching profession; and a maturity and attitude necessary to meet the demands of the MAT program.

Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all teacher candidates to undergo a criminal background check prior to being placed in a public school setting for field study, internship and student teaching. Because a clinical experience is an integral part of each semester, failure to abide by this law will make an applicant ineligible for admission to the program. The School of Education has procedures in place to assist candidates in obtaining the background check. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the teacher candidate.


If you're considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.

Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.

Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Fax: 203-582-3443

Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940