College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Effective November 2012 — The Virginia Department of Education is supporting a new, free online resource for students to meet the Virginia State and Local Civics Endorsement. Please read below to see how this may benefit you.

If you are a potential Early Childhood PK-3 student your endorsement credits have changed from 51 to 48. You no longer need a VA Government course, however you must take the Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. (If you have already taken the VA Government/Civics course and had it approved by our office, you do not need to take the module.)

If you are a potential Elementary PK-6 OR an International Elementary PK-6 student your requirements have not changed, you are still required to take 57 endorsement credits.

If you are a potential History/Social Science student your requirements have not changed, you are still required to take 54 content prerequisite credits. There are now two options to meet the VA Government /Civics for these programs:

  • Option 1: Take the specific VA Government course suggested (Govt 304 at Mason or PLS 136 at NVCC) and NO online module OR
  • Option 2: Take any approved Civics/American Government course and take the free online Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. Students that choose this option may contact the Endorsement Office to see if a Government course on a previous transcript may work instead of taking a new class. Please be advised, the content of this course must be related to Civics.