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Teaching M.A.T. with Early Childhood: PK-3 Certification

Earn your Early Childhood: PK-3 Teaching Certificate and a Master's Degree in Only 37 Credit Hours

Are you looking to pursue a career in early childhood education? The Master of Arts in Teaching with Early Childhood: PK - 3 Certification program may be just what you need to achieve your career goals. This program is designed for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree and have a passion for teaching young children and making a positive impact in their lives, families, and communities. 

With a rigorous curriculum that meets all standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), our program will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes you need to succeed as an early childhood educator. You will learn best practices for working with children from birth to eight years of age, and you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a practicum. 

Upon program completion, you will be eligible for Texas initial teacher certification in grades PK-3. You will also meet the requirements to become a "highly qualified" educator. The program requires 28 credits for certification and 9 more to complete the M.A.T. degree, making 36 credits. Enroll in our Master of Arts in Teaching with Early Childhood: PK - 3 Certification program today and take the first step towards a rewarding career in early childhood education.

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Admission Requirements

UHCL’s College of Education would love to have you join us. Find out today what it takes to apply.

  • Teaching M.A.T.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • GPA of 3.000 or better either over last 60 hours or overall.
    • If GPA is above 2.750 but below 3.000, applicant must take the GRE or MAT and meet the following minimum scores:
      GRE: combined 294 on the verbal and quantitative sections and 3.5 on the analytical writing.
      MAT: 390
    • A passing score on the content state assessment (TExES) associated with the target teacher certification. Must take content state assessment as a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT)

Degree Requirements

Ready to learn about the classes you need to take to earn your degree from the College of Education at University of Houston-Clear Lake? Find out all you need to know about the required course work, complete with options for electives.

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Cost Information

Get schooled on the projected costs for tuition, books, supplies and more for your education degree from UHCL.

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.


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Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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Teaching M.A.T. with Early Childhood: PK-3 Certification Faculty

Suzanne Brown
Suzanne Brown

Suzanne Brown

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction,

Contact number: 281-283-3536
Email: browns@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Suzanne Brown Faculty Bio

Takisha Bolden-Gastile
Takisha Gastile

Takisha Bolden-Gastile

Lecturer in Secondary Science and Math Education, UHCLTeach Master Teacher,

Contact number: 281-283-3549
Email: gastile@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Building, Suite 1125

Takisha Bolden-Gastile Faculty Bio

Mary Curtis
Maria Curtis

Maria Curtis

Professor in Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Studies,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3429
Email: Curtis@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 2109.09

Maria Curtis Faculty Bio

Kent Divoll
Kent Divoll

Kent Divoll

Doctoral Program Director and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction,

Contact number: 281-283-3634
Email: divoll@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Kent Divoll Faculty Bio

Rebecca Huss-Keeler
Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Professor of Early Childhood Education,

Contact number: 281-283-3535
Email: huss@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Rebecca Huss-Keeler Faculty Bio

Carol Waters
Carol Waters

Carol Waters

Assistant Professor, STEM,

Contact number: 281-283-3503
Email: WatersC@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1119

Carol Waters Faculty Bio

Omah Williams-Duncan
Omah Williams-Duncan

Omah M. Williams-Duncan

Associate Professor of Teacher Education - STEM Emphasis,

Contact number: 281-283-3547
Email: duncano@uhcl.edu
Office: B1119-4

Omah M. Williams-Duncan Faculty Bio