Cheryl Murphy
Department Head
216 Peabody Hall
479-575-4209
Email: cmurphy@uark.edu

Heather Kindall
Program Coordinator
207 Peabody Hall
479-575-2516
Email: hkindall@uark.edu

Program Description: The University of Arkansas offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.E.) degree in Childhood Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Elementary Education. These combined degree programs are one of the options at the University of Arkansas that lead to initial teacher licensure in Elementary Education (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6). Students who obtain their B.S.E. degree from the University of Arkansas will have completed the prerequisite course requirements for entry into the M.A.T. program. Students who obtain a bachelors degree from another university and/or in a program area other than Elementary Education must have their transcripts evaluated by a Elementary Education program adviser to determine what deficiencies must be met before they can be considered for admission into the M.A.T. program. The M.A.T. degree program is a 33-semester-hour program. To be recommended for licensure by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, campus, students must complete the M.A.T. degree program or the undergraduate Elementary Licensure program (see undergraduate catalog for more information). Students also choose a concentration from among English as a Second Language, Reading, Gift and Talented, or STEM Education.

The program also offers coursework toward a graduate certificate in STEM Education for Early Childhood (K-4).

Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching (M.A.T.)

Prerequisites to Degree Program

Enrollments will be limited in upper division professional studies courses in the Childhood Education B.S.E. Program. In addition, the number of students accepted into the M.A.T. Program in Elementary Education will be contingent upon availability of placements with partnership schools. Specific application procedures, screening, and selection criteria are in effect to limit course enrollments and acceptance to the M.A.T. program. Please contact your childhood education program faculty adviser for details regarding the selective admission process. Admission requirements for the M.A.T. degree program for initial certification are as follows:

  1. Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree program.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00, or 3.00 in the last 60 hours of the baccalaureate degree .
  3. Admission to the Graduate School.
  4. Screening/acceptance into internship, which includes an admission portfolio.
  5. Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  6. Successful completion of the required criminal background check. Background check materials must be submitted by May 1st prior to the internship year.
  7. Completion of the pre-education core with a minimum of “C” in all courses.
  8. Completion of all prerequisite courses in teaching field.
  9. Payment of internship fee.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

A minimum of 33 hours of course work is required in one of the following concentrations.

 Students should also be aware of Graduate School requirements with regard to master's degree.

English as Second Language for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Minimum 33 hours:

CIED 5003Elementary Education Seminar (Sp)3
CIED 5013Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools (Su)3
CIED 5022Classroom Management Concepts (Fa)2
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers (Sp)2
CIED 5053Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education (Odd years, Sp) (Su)3
CIED 5073Action Research in Elementary Education (Sp)3
CIED 508VElementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship (Sp, Fa)6
CIED 5162Applied Practicum (Fa)2
CIED 5173Literacy Assessment and Intervention (Su, Fa)3
CIED 5933Second Language Methodologies (Fa)3
CIED 5953Second Language Assessment (Sp)3
Total Hours33

STEM for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Minimum 33 hours: 

CIED 5003Elementary Education Seminar (Sp)3
CIED 5013Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools (Su)3
CIED 5022Classroom Management Concepts (Fa)2
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers (Sp)2
CIED 5053Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education (Odd years, Sp) (Su)3
CIED 5073Action Research in Elementary Education (Sp)3
CIED 508VElementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship (Sp, Fa)6
CIED 5162Applied Practicum (Fa)2
CIED 5173Literacy Assessment and Intervention (Su, Fa)3
STEM 5203Problem-Based Mathematics (Irregular)3
STEM 5213Teaching Problem-Based Science in the Elementary Grades (Sp)3
Total Hours33

Reading for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Minimum 33 hours:

CIED 5003Elementary Education Seminar (Sp)3
CIED 5013Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools (Su)3
CIED 5022Classroom Management Concepts (Fa)2
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers (Sp)2
CIED 5053Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education (Odd years, Sp) (Su)3
CIED 508VElementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship (Sp, Fa)3
CIED 5162Applied Practicum (Fa)2
CIED 5173Literacy Assessment and Intervention (Su, Fa)3
CIED 5593Advanced Diagnosis and Intervention (Irregular)3
CIED 5793Practicum in Literacy (Sp, Su, Fa)3
CIED 5983Practicum in C & I (Sp, Su, Fa)3
CIED 6233Organization of Reading Programs (Sp, Su, Fa)3
Total Hours33

Gifted and Talented for K-6 Candidates Concentration

Minimum 33 hours:

CIED 5003Elementary Education Seminar (Sp)3
CIED 5013Measurement, Research and Statistical Concepts in the Schools (Su)3
CIED 5022Classroom Management Concepts (Fa)2
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers (Sp)2
CIED 5053Multicultural Issues in Elementary Education (Odd years, Sp) (Su)3
CIED 5073Action Research in Elementary Education (Sp)3
CIED 508VElementary Education Cohort Teaching Internship (Sp, Fa)6
CIED 5162Applied Practicum (Fa)2
CIED 5173Literacy Assessment and Intervention (Su, Fa)3
Faculty approved GT course6
Total Hours33

Graduate Certificate in STEM Education for Early Childhood (K-4):

Required courses:

STEM 4033Introduction to STEM Education (Sp, Su)3
STEM 5023Creativity and Innovation in STEM (Su, Fa)3
CIED 5032Curriculum Design Concepts for Teachers (Sp)2
STEM 5203Problem-Based Mathematics (Irregular)3
STEM 5213Teaching Problem-Based Science in the Elementary Grades (Sp)3

In addition to the required courses, students will maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA; pass Praxis II; complete a year-long internship placement in a local school; and complete an action-research project.