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MAT Early Childhood and Elementary Education: Career Outlook

Become an Illinois Licensed Early Childhood Educator

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Curriculum approved by the ISBE

Gain real-world teaching experience

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Careers for Dual Licensure MAT in Early Childhood and Elementary Education Graduates

Educational consultant $65,444 per year1

Child care center director $45,522 per year2

Early childhood education specialist $45,500 per year3

Preschool director $43,637 per year4

Elementary School Teacher $66,140 per year5

Encourage Healthy Educational Development for Children

Put your skills to work on several early childhood education career paths. Greenville University’s online Dual Licensure MAT in Early Childhood and Elementary Education program can help you become an outstanding teacher at a public or private school at many levels from birth through grade 6.

You could also utilize your Master of Arts in Teaching in a leadership position for a childcare center, preschool, education organization, or nonprofit since these careers are growing fast. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for preschool and childcare center directors will grow faster than average at 11% through 2030. This increase is projected to add an average of 5,300 openings each year.6

Program Outcomes

Greenville University’s online Dual Licensure MAT in Early Childhood and Elementary Education prepares you to become an Illinois licensed educator of children from birth through grade 6. You’ll graduate ready to take advantage of today’s learning environments as you encourage children’s social and mental development.

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Early childhood development
  • Teaching methods
  • Developmentally-appropriate lesson plans
  • Constructive play strategies
  • Child, family, and community relationship building
  • Literacy and language acquisition
  • Leadership and administration

Career Support

Greenville University is here to support you during your program and after graduation.

Contact the Office of Career Services at (618) 664–6655 for more information.

Job Fairs

We host four job fairs per year, both on campus and through our partnerships within the Gateway Career Association.

Alumni Network

When you graduate with a degree from Greenville University, you’ll be a part of our extensive network of former students.

Office of Career Services

We can help you begin your job search, make professional connections, and prepare for the job you want.

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  2. Average Child Care Center Director Salary. Retrieved from
  3. Average Early Childhood Education Specialist Salary. Retrieved from
  4. Average Director, Preschool Salary. Retrieved from
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education. Retrieved from
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Preschool and Childcare Center Directors. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from