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Dual-Degree BA or BS/MAT in Elementary Education (4+1)

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Our Dual-Degree Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education (4+1) provides aspiring teachers with more than the knowledge and skills they will need — it affords students the opportunity to learn with amazing teachers in the field, and to take courses with professors who have years of classroom teaching experience. We understand the complex nature of working with young learners, and the joy of being that very special teacher in a child’s life.

By The Numbers


Moving Ahead

Percentage of 2018 MAT graduates employed as full-time teachers within four months of graduation.


Vast Opportunities

Quinnipiac has placed students in 49 schools within 17 local school districts, allowing opportunities for student teaching in a variety of school settings.


Average Class Size

Quinnipiac’s small class sizes ensure a student-centered approach, focused on your success.

Program Overview

Your job as an elementary school teacher is to help children achieve success in areas such as reading, math, writing, social studies and science. In addition, you will learn how to support the social and emotional growth of your students. We teach you how to plan lessons, how to manage a classroom, and how to include and respond to all learners with respect and dignity.

This Dual-Degree program allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree in any major, along with a master’s degree in teaching and your elementary teaching certificate (first through sixth grades) within five years. Completing your master’s degree right away allows you continue your teaching career uninterrupted, as maintaining your professional license to teach in most states requires the completion of a master’s degree during the first 6-8 years of teaching. 

As a freshman, you will begin our program with ED 140 Introduction to Public EducationThis 1-credit course introduces you to the teaching profession and helps you to make choices about course work and even select a major if you haven’t already done so. 

In your sophomore year, you will take two more courses in education: foundational courses in diversity and philosophy of education. All of these early courses provide opportunities to build relationships with MAT faculty and become further involved in our School of Education events and clubs. At the end of your sophomore year, you will have a formal review of your overall academic work and meet with education faculty to review your status. So long as your grades are good and your desire to teach is still strong, you will be allowed to continue through the dual-degree program. 

During your junior and senior years, you will spend time every semester in public schools with classroom teachers as well as increasing your course work in education. You’ll automatically transition to graduate school after you earn your bachelor’s degree, and your final year will be spent interning at an area school full time, under the supervision of an on-site mentor and a School of Education faculty member.

Teaching certification and licensure is regulated by each state. Connecticut participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Compact (NASDTEC.net). States that participate in this compact agree to accept the planned program of study of graduates in any of the states that are part of that compact. Therefore, whether you are an in-state or out-of-state applicant, you can become a certified teacher wherever you want to teach.


Student Kyanna Joseph works with Bridgeport first-grade students in the School of Education on the North Haven Campus.

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.

Student Spotlight

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 elementary education student credits her fourth field study, during which she worked with classroom teachers in urban, suburban and bilingual settings. This range of cultural and socioeconomic perspectives was especially important to Joseph.

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Kyanna Joseph, MAT ’18, holds up a shaped object and speaks to a young child.

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.

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Curriculum and Requirements

Dual-Degree BA/MAT or BS/MAT in Elementary Education

The elementary education program is designed to prepare the teacher candidate with in-depth content knowledge across the elementary school curriculum and exemplary skills in teaching and classroom management.  Students interested in elementary education may major in any discipline or have an interdisciplinary major.

Central to candidates’ professional studies are undergraduate service-based courses (ED 341L, ED 342L, ED 466L and ED 468L) in which candidates gain 80 hours of hands-on experience, and the full-year graduate internship/residency experience in partner schools.

General Requirements

The following courses meet the Connecticut State Department of Education’s general education requirements. A grade of "C" or better is required in these courses (except as noted).

EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 13
MA 110
Contemporary Mathematics 2
or MA 140
Select one of the following:3
HS 132
U.S. History Since Reconstruction
HS 210
Contemporary America
HS 131
U.S. History to 1877
World Language - Level 1013
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 236Child and Adolescent Development3
Fine Arts3
Total Credits21-22

 Student must receive a grade of B or better in EN 101.  


MA 140 is required if student tests out of  MA 110.

Professional Component

ED 140Introduction to Public Education and the Teaching Profession1
ED 250Diversity, Dispositions and Multiculturalism3
ED 260Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 341
& 341L
Learning and Teaching the Developing Child
and Learning and Teaching: Pedagogy Field Lab I
ED 342
& 342L
Advanced Learning and Teaching
and Advanced Learning and Teaching: Assessment Field Lab II
ED 436Teaching Literacy in the Primary Grades3
ED 458Teaching Science in the Primary Grades3
ED 462Facilitating the Arts in the Elementary Classroom3
ED 466
& 466L
Teaching Social Studies in the Primary Grades
and English Language Arts Integration Field Lab IV
ED 468
& 468L
Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Grades
and Primary Math and Science STEM Field Lab III
ED 550Issues and Research in Education2
ED 554Internship and Seminar I2
ED 555Internship and Career Development Seminar1
ED 556Teaching Literacy in Grades 4-63
ED 569Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4-63
ED 575Teacher Discourse: Language and Communication Issues in the Elementary Classroom3
ED 577Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom3
ED 601Student Teaching6
ED 693Research I2
ED 694Research II2
SPED 552Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom3
Total Credits61

Additional course details
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Admissions Requirements

Application Overview

The Dual-Degree Master of Arts in Teaching program (4+1) welcomes all freshman and sophomore students who have an interest in becoming a teacher. When you apply to Quinnipiac, you simply state that you are interested in becoming a teacher, or you want to explore your options to become a teacher. Once you indicate that teaching might be for you, our faculty and advisers will help you to choose the courses you need. There is no limit on the number of students we enroll in the dual-degree MAT program. In the spring of your sophomore year, the School of Education faculty members review your grade point average and request an interview with you as part of your continuation in the dual-degree program. The full list of requirements that you must complete to remain in the MAT program are listed below.

Program 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).

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 are 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.

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