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Think you want to be a teacher?

Download think you want to be a teacher brochurethink you want to be a teacher brochureWhat does it take to be a great teacher? Knowledge, patience, skill, a love of learning, and a desire to make a difference. If this describes you, then a career in education may be just the thing!

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:

  1. Item 1Complete 2 degrees in 5 years!
  2. Item 2Get ready to teach
  3. Item 3Declare a minor

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.
Phone: 703-993-2080
E-mail: cehd@gmu.edu




Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s option + teaching license

Complete 2 degrees in 5 years!

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:

  • Save a full year of tuition costs—up to $6,000!
  • Eliminate the need to wait and apply separately to graduate school
  • Maximize your time and effort by counting courses toward both degrees
  • Qualify for higher salaries and more opportunities

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 childrenElementary 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*




Bachelor’s degree + teaching license

Get ready to teach!

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:

  • Eliminate the need to attend graduate school for required education courses
  • Save time and tuition costs
  • Become academically eligible for a teaching license immediately upon graduation

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 EnglishMinor in Secondary Education English
Math Middle/high school BA/BS Math Concentration in Mathematics Education Mathematics
Music PreK-12 BM MusicConcentration 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)



Structured study of education fields

Declare an undergraduate minor!

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.


 MinorMinimum credit hours Advantages
Education minorsEarly 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 minorsApplied 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 minorsAssistive Technology15 credits Explores how assistive technology offers new capabilities for individuals with disabilities.
 Coaching18 credits Introduces concepts and methods in sport coaching.
 Human Development and Family Science15 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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