The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University has outlined three pathways for Mason undergraduates who are interested in the education field:
For in-depth information specific to your goals and situation, please meet one-on-one with a CEHD academic advisor. We can explain how to fulfill university and state academic requirements for becoming a teacher, and much more.
Note that in Virginia, a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license and several other requirements are necessary to be an elementary or secondary school teacher in the public schools.
With careful planning, you can chart a path for achieving your goals while an undergraduate. Save time and many thousands of dollars, and also put more opportunities within your reach immediately upon graduation.
Contact us today! Schedule a meeting with a CEHD academic advisor.
Complete both a bachelor’s degree and a masters of education degree in just five years! While doing so, you’ll also fulfill all the academic requirements needed to qualify for a Virginia teaching license.
The Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s option is a fast and smart way to get started on your education career:
You can apply for this option in the second semester of your junior year if you have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Learn more at cehd.gmu.edu/bam.
|If you want to teach…||Grade level||Complete your bachelor’s degree in||+earn a master’s degree in||+meet Virginia’s teaching license requirements for|
|Biology||Middle/high school||BA/BS Biology||MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education: Biology||Biology|
|Chemistry||Middle/high school||BA/BS Chemistry||MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education: Chemistry||Chemistry|
|Earth science||Middle/high school||BS Earth Science||MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education: Earth Science||Earth Science|
|Elementary age children||Elementary school||BA Integrative Studies Elementary Education||MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education||Elementary Education PreK-6|
|English||Middle/high school||BA English||MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education: English||English|
|Math||Middle/high school||BA/BS Math||MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education: Math||Mathematics|
|Physics||Middle/high school||BS Physics||MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education: Physics||Physics|
|Social studies||Middle/high school||BA Integrative Studies, Social Science for Education||MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education: History/Social Science||History and Social Science|
|Special education||PreK-12||Any bachelor’s degree||MEd Special Education||Special Education*|
Earn both a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license in just four years! You can major in the fields below while fulfilling all the academic requirements needed to qualify for a Virginia teaching license.
This is a great option if you already know you want to be a teacher:
Contact the undergraduate advisor in your major as early as possible. Some applications are due at the beginning of the second semester of your sophomore year. Learn more at cehd.gmu.edu/academics/und-licensure.
|If you want to teach…||Grade level||Complete your bachelor’s degree in||While taking additional courses for a||+meet Virginia’s teaching license requirements for|
|Biology||Middle/high school||BA/BS Biology||Concentration in Biology Education||Biology|
|Chemistry||Middle/high school||BS Chemistry||Concentration in Chemistry Education||Chemistry|
|Dance||PreK-12||BA/BFA Dance||Contact the School of Dance prior to your junior year. Note: an additional semester is required.||Dance Arts (PreK-12)|
|Earth science||Middle/high school||BS Earth Science||Concentration in Earth Science Education||Earth Science|
|English||Middle/high school||BA English||Minor in Secondary Education||English|
|Math||Middle/high school||BA/BS Math||Concentration in Mathematics Education||Mathematics|
|Music||PreK-12||BM Music||Concentration in Music Education||Music Education – Vocal/Choral (PreK–12)
Music Education – Instrumental (PreK-12)
|Physical education||PreK-12||BSEd Physical Education|| ||Health and Physical Education (PreK-12)|
|Physics||Middle/high school||BS Physics||Emphasis in Physics Education||Physics|
|Theater||PreK-12||BA Theater||Concentration in Theatre Education for Theater Arts (PK-12)||Theatre Arts (PreK-12)|
A minor in Education Studies provides a structured way to learn about the education field. It’s an opportunity for undergraduate students who are considering teaching to deepen their understanding about education and the learning process.
Other education-related minors are options for students interested in careers in early childhood education, special education, sport coaching, and family services. Some of these are in such high-demand fields that your minor will partially or fully meet state licensure or other professional requirements.
Learn more cehd.gmu.edu/academics/minors.
|Minor||Minimum credit hours||Advantages|
|Education minors||Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners||15 credits||Partially fulfills the requirements for Virginia licensure in Early Childhood Education (PreK-3) and for Diverse Learners Early Childhood Special Education.|
|Education Studies||18–19 credits||Introduces education as a profession and provides an understanding of the learning process.|
|Secondary Education, English||21 credits||This state-approved teacher preparation program leads to a Virginia teaching license in English.|
|Special education minors||Applied Behavior Analysis||21 credits||Fulfills the requirements to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam.|
|Mild Disabilities||15 credits||Partially fulfills the requirements for the Students With Disabilities Who Access the General Curriculum Graduate Certificate or the master’s degree in special education. Tuition and grant funding available.|
|Severe Disabilities||15 credits||Partially fulfills the requirements for the Students With Disabilities Who Access the Adapted Curriculum Graduate Certificate or the master’s degree in special education. Tuition and grant funding available.|
|Visual Impairment and Blindness||18 credits||Partially fulfills the requirements for the Visual Impairments Licensure (PreK-12) Graduate Certificate or the master’s degree in special education.|
|Other minors||Assistive Technology||15 credits||Explores how assistive technology offers new capabilities for individuals with disabilities.|
|Coaching||18 credits||Introduces concepts and methods in sport coaching.|
|Human Development and Family Science||15 credits||Explores the psychological, social, cultural, and biological development of individuals within their families and the broader society.|
The undergraduate pathways described in this brochure are offered to George Mason University students through collaborations between the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law a social security number is required for licensure.
* Be sure to also meet with an advisor in the Special Education program.
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