College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Teaching can be a challenging, yet incredibly rewarding profession. If you are interested in a career in education, Mason offers a variety of program options that lead to Virginia teacher licensure.

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University has outlined three pathways to teaching:

  1. Item 1Bachelor’s degree leading to a teaching license
  2. Item 2Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s degrees leading to a teaching license
  3. Item 4Graduate program leading to a teaching license

For in-depth information specific to your goals and situation, please contact a CEHD academic advisor. We can explain how to fulfill university and state academic requirements for becoming a teacher, and much more.

Bachelor’s degree leading to a teaching license

Bachelor's Degree + Undergraduate Certificate Options:

By working closely with a CEHD academic advisor throughout your academic career at Mason, you can meet all requirements for your degree and be eligible to teach in one of the areas below immediately following graduation. Students apply to the Undergraduate Certificate licensure program second semester sophomore year. Contact us at preteach@gmu.edu to learn more about the application process. Please visit our Advising page for additional information.

In order to add the certificate, you will need to provide the following:

  • Endorsement review
  • 2.5 GPA in subject area/3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Goal statement (750-1000 words)
  • Interview
  • Undergraduate advisor approval

Bachelor's Degree Only Options:



Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s (BAM) degrees leading to a teaching license

Get a jump start on a graduate program and your teaching career! Apply to this program in your junior year (special exception for one-semester spring start Elementary Education) and, if accepted, you will begin taking graduate courses in your senior year that will count toward your master’s degree. (If you are interested in BAM programs that do not offer teacher licensure, click here.) For more information visit our Advising page.

If you have any questions about the Special Education program please contact the Special Education program at speced@gmu.edu, all other questions should be directed to preteach@gmu.edu.

Current Program Desired Graduate Program Application
Deadlines
Program Information
Any bachelor's degree MEd CRIN-Elementary Education Fall: 3/1
Spring: 10/1
Bachelor’s (in any degree) to MED Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education
BA Integrative Studies, SSED
BA History
MEd CRIN-History/Social Science Fall: 3/1
Spring: 10/1
BA Integrative Studies, Social Science for Education or BA in History to MEd Curriculum and Instruction - History/Social Science
BA/BS Biology MEd CRIN-Secondary Education-Biology Fall: 3/1
Spring: 10/1
BA/BS Biology to MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education - Biology
BA/BS Chemistry MEd CRIN-Secondary Education-Chemistry Fall: 3/1
Spring: 10/1
BA/BS Chemistry to MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education - Chemistry
BS Earth Science MEd CRIN-Secondary Education-Earth Science Fall: 3/1
Spring: 10/1
BS Earth Science to MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education - Earth Science
BA English or BFA Creative Writing MEd CRIN-Secondary Education-English Fall: 3/1
Spring: 10/1
BS English or BFA Creative Writing to MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education – English
BA/BS Math MEd CRIN-Secondary Education-Math Fall: 3/1
Spring: 10/1
BA/BS Math to MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education - Math
BS Physics MEd CRIN-Secondary Education-Physics Fall: 3/1
Spring: 10/1
BS Physics to MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education - Physics
Any bachelor's degree MEd CRIN-Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners (for licensure option, a graduate certificate must also be added) Fall: 4/1
Spring: 11/1
Bachelor's (in any degree) to MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners
Any bachelor's degree MEd Special Education-Early Childhood Special Education (for licensure option, a graduate certificate must also be added) Fall: 4/1
Spring: 11/1
Bachelor’s Degree (in any degree) to MEd Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education Concentration
Any bachelor's degree MEd Special Education (for licensure option, a graduate certificate must also be added) Fall: 4/1
Spring: 11/1
Bachelor's (in any degree) to MEd Special Education


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Graduate Program

Graduate programs leading to a teaching license


CEHD Graduate Degree Licensure Programs

CEHD also offers teacher licensure options through graduate programs, please contact us at cehdgrad@gmu.edu with questions

Collaborative Graduate Degree Licensure Programs

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.