Think You Want To Be a Teacher?
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:
- Bachelor’s degree leading to a teaching license
- Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s degrees leading to a teaching license
- Graduate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
- 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.
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 email@example.com with questions
- Dual Licensure Early Childhood PK3 and Early Childhood Special Education, Birth-Age 5
- Early Childhood Education, Grades PK-3
- Early Childhood Special Education, Birth-Age 5
- Elementary Education, Grades PK-6
- Foreign Language Licensure
- International ESOL Education (PK-12) Licensure
- International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure
- Secondary Education, Grades 6-12
- Special Education, Grades K-12
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.