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Mason is a nationally recognized leader in teacher education, special education, counseling, school leadership, and sport and human performance. Our record of achievement and scholarship and the innovative nature of our academic programs combine to produce outstanding educators who promote learning and development across the life span locally and nationally.

'Keep the Curiosity' About Learning

Former Air Force officer Aubrey Whitehead, working toward a PhD in education with specialization in educational psychology, will use his dissertation to explore factors that influence high school students to avoid STEM programs and how to reignite student interest. “Research shows students want to learn about science,” Whitehead, 42, said. “What’s important is to get away from ‘smart person’ and ‘not smart.’ You’re going to get a grade. Just keep the curiosity.” To pursue his PhD, Whitehead left his U.S. State Department job, where he was senior coordinator for resource management and planning in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Whitehead said his research shows several factors can keep students in STEM programs, including motivation from teachers, parents and administrators. Most important, grades should be celebrated less and students encouraged more. “Once they hear they’re not good in it, we’ve lost them,” Whitehead said. “It starts in ninth, 10th grade. Focus less on grades and more on ‘Do you like this?’ ” “He’s passionate about learning how we can increase student self-regulation so they can succeed,” said Anastasia Kitsantas, director of the College of Education and Human Development’s PhD in education program at Mason. “I think in a couple of years he will make a difference in the field, especially for students.”

Aubrey Whitehead stands in George Mason's Planetary Hall

Aubrey Whitehead left his U.S. State Department job to pursue a PhD in education and investigate why high school students avoid STEM programs. "Research shows," he said, "students want to learn about science."

  • Advanced International Baccalaureate Studies, Graduate Certificate

    This program offers a graduate certificate for 15 credits for teachers interested in transitioning to an IB world school or current IB teachers looking to advance their careers and deepen their understanding of the curriculum. The course work focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research for the International Baccalaureate programs.

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  • Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

    The Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) program is for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers concentrations in Designing Digital Learning in Schools, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Math, Foreign Language, Gifted Child Education, History, Advanced International Baccalaureate, Reading Specialist, Literacy, Middle/Secondary Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Special Education, Teacher Leadership and an individualized Concentration.

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  • Applied Behavior Analysis, Graduate Certificate

    This 18-credit non-licensure certificate is designed to increase the professional training of people responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring behavioral treatment programs in schools, agencies (such as psychiatric hospitals), and training centers for people with severe disabilities.

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  • Applied Behavior Analysis, Minor

    This 21-credit minor gives undergraduate students or those who hold bachelor's degrees the classes and experience required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination. 

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  • Applied Developmental Psychology, Concentration in the Psychology MA

    The concentration in applied developmental psychology focuses on child development. It provides basic knowledge about normal development, skills for assessing developmental level, and techniques for planning and evaluating programs that foster optimal development. Graduates are prepared for employment at agencies concerned with educational and health programs for children, enrichment programs for infants and preschoolers, and education programs for parents.

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  • Applied Developmental Psychology, Concentration in the Psychology PhD

    The PhD concentration in applied developmental psychology is concerned with enhancing developmental processes and preventing developmental disorders in individuals and families across the life span. It uses the knowledge base and methodologies of developmental science to assist the development of individuals who vary in cultural and ethnic backgrounds; economic and social opportunities; physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities; and conditions of living (e.g., families, neighborhoods, communities, and physical settings). The program's emphasis is on child development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence), and students may focus their studies on the cognitive, social, emotional, language, personality, or physiological aspects of development.

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  • Art Education Licensure

    The art education licensure certificate is a post-baccalaureate program designed for those who currently hold a graduate degree in art-related fields along with those who want a more immediate entrance into the art teaching profession. The ‘licensure only’ program will result in preK-12 art certification by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The AELC is a 21-credit program consisting of graduate art education courses, art endorsements, student teaching internship and seminar. There is an MAT Graduate Degree option with an additional 9 credits.

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  • Arts Teaching, MAT

    The MAT Masters in Arts in Teaching, Track I is a pre-service graduate degree that prepares students with a BFA, BA in a studio art program or equivalent for PreK-12 art licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Using a studio-based approach to art education and working closely with area schools, the MAT degree consists of 30 credits of graduate art education, school practicum experience, studio work and pre-service teaching internship and seminar.

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  • Arts Teaching Track II, MAT

    The MAT Masters in Arts in Teaching, Track II is a graduate program designed for Pre-K-12 licensed art teachers who currently hold an undergraduate degree in art education and are interested in obtaining a graduate art education degree for further professional development. The MAT for licensed art teachers is a 30-credit program consisting of graduate art education courses, approved AVT 500 level graduate studio art courses, education courses and a capstone project.

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  • Assistive Technology, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Assistive Technology Program prepares educators and other professionals to work with individuals with disabilities, service providers, and family members. Graduates use technology to assist individuals to function more effectively in school, home, work, and community environments.

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  • Assistive Technology, Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit certificate provides supplemental training for practitioners, families, and caregivers who use assistive technology while working with people with disabilities. The certificate is appropriate for general and special educators, related service personnel, adult service providers, and families and caregivers who need to apply assistive technology solutions within their specific discipline or school, work, home, or community setting.

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  • Assistive Technology, Minor

    This 15-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in assistive technology. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Special Education in Virginia. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

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  • Athletic Training, BS

    Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. An athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled allied health care professional who specializes in caring for physically active individuals in a variety of settings. These settings may include secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports, hospitals, and industry.

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  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, Graduate Certificate

    This 12-credit non-licensure certificate provides teacher training in topics required to implement instructional programs for students with autism. The certificate is appropriate for teachers and support personnel who provide instruction to students with autism.

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  • Biology - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA or BS in Biology (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Biology within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Biology - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Biology at the secondary level.

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  • Chemistry - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA or BS in Chemistry (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Chemistry within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Chemistry - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Chemistry at the secondary level.

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  • Childhood and Youth, Concentration in the Sociology BA

    This concentration within the sociology bachelor's degree program focuses on the changing social realities, experiences, and identities of children and youth as they are formed in different social and historical contexts. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in working directly with children and youth or in organizations serving them in a broad range of fields such as educational counseling, teaching, policy, advocacy or clinical work, family and community services, social work, early child development, and juvenile justice.

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  • Coaching, Minor

    This 18-credit minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students. This program of study is offered by the College of Education and Human Development, specifically the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.

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  • College Teaching, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate in college teaching is designed for graduate students who are planning a career in undergraduate education. The program offers courses that enhance pedagogical skills and explore pedagogical assessment or scholarship with the use of technology in instruction.

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  • Community College Teaching (Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in the MAIS)

    The concentration qualifies students to teach entry-level courses in rapidly growing fields at community colleges. Also, it may be an appropriate graduate credential for some faculty currently teaching in community colleges.

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  • Counseling Licensure Post-Masters Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit certificate is designed for people who have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field and want 15 credits of post-graduate course work to meet licensure requirements as a Virginia School Counselor or Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor.

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  • Counseling and Development, MEd

    This master’s program emphasizes the integration of theory and practice, and culminates with an internship in an appropriate setting. Students may choose one of two concentrations: Community Agency Counseling or School Counseling.

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  • Curriculum and Instruction, MEd

    This master’s degree is offered to students preparing for initial teacher licensure, advanced teacher education, and ancillary educational programs.  Students may choose up to two concentrations from a wide variety of choices, such as Art Education, Elementary Mathematics, Foreign Language (with choices including French and Spanish), Geography, History, Science, and many other areas of study and specialization. 

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  • Data Analysis, Minor

    The minor gives students a background in data analysis and statistical methodology. It is intended to complement undergraduate degree programs such as computer science, economics, environmental engineering, geography, mathematics, nursing, psychology, public administration, sociology, and systems engineering.

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  • Data-Driven Decision-Making for Continuous Educational Improvement, Graduate Certificate

    This 12-credit certificate prepares teachers and district-level leaders to analyze and interpret a variety of student performance assessments in order to improve instruction and student learning. The four carefully sequenced courses for the certificate focus on developing meaningful teacher-created and classroom-based student assessments, interpreting both informal and formal assessment data, and using those data in making curricular decisions.  Credits earned for the certificate may be applied toward the MS  degree in educational psychology.

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  • Designing Digital Learning in Schools, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    This concentration focuses on digital learning - instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a PK-12 learners’ 21st century learning experience. It is designed for the practicing teacher interested in the ways in which technology can support teaching and learning. Expertise is further developed by choosing one of four specializations: Digital Learning and Teacher Leadership, Integration of Online Learning in Schools, Assistive Technology, or Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning.

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  • Designing Digital Learning in Schools, Graduate Certificate

    This 18-credit certificate is offered to practicing teachers who want to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for integrating digital learning and K–12 curricular knowledge outcomes.  Program participants study the investigation of the theory and practice of digital learning, the connection of digital learning and knowledge outcomes, the use of design principles and processes to inform practice, and the knowledge of a range of technologies appropriate for PK-12 students.

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  • Digital Learning and Teacher Leadership, Graduate Certificate

    This advanced 15-credit hour certificate is offered to practicing teachers who wish to extend their knowledge and skills working with colleagues to design digital learning experiences for PK-12 learners. Participants will develop proficiency in adopting leadership dispositions, the skills associated with coaching and advocacy, and leading design teams to develop solutions to school-based instructional problems.

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  • Dual Licensure Early Childhood Education PK-3 and Early Childhood Special Education, Graduate Certificate

    This 45-credit hour certificate offers the required courses for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education PK-3 and Early Childhood Special Education. Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate courses prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived based on prior course work. 

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  • E-Learning, Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit certificate provides professionals with specialized knowledge in instructional design and e-learning practices that use technology to meet education and training goals in schools, communities, government agencies, and corporate settings. Courses are available online to meet the needs of students who find it difficult to attend face-to-face courses.

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  • ESOL Education (PK-12) for Practitioners, Graduate Certificate

    The Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners program prepares teachers to work with diverse students around the world. Combining knowledge on language learners, special needs and gifted students, the program helps teachers provide differentiated, inquiry-focused instruction to all K-12 students.

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  • Early Childhood Education PK-3 (Licensure), Graduate Certificate

    This 30-credit hour certificate offers required coursework for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education PK-3. Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived based on prior coursework. Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to graduate with the Early Childhood Education PK-3 Graduate Certificate.

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  • Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, Accelerated MEd

    Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor’s/accelerated master’s program and obtain either a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners in an accelerated time frame after completion of 144 credits. This program is offered by the Graduate School of Education in the College of Education and Human Development. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, MEd

    This 30-credit program leads to a master's degree for professionals who already hold an early childhood education teacher license or are interested in working in an early childhood education context outside the classroom. Students who wish to seek Early Childhood Education, PK-3 licensure are advised to consider completing the Early Childhood Education, PK-3 Licensure certificate program in conjunction with the MEd. Students may use their certificate course work to fulfill the elective credits for the MEd program.

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  • Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, Minor

    This 15-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Early Childhood Education, PK-3 and Early Childhood Special Education in Virginia. Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor.

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  • Early Childhood Education, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    The bachelor of arts degree program in integrative studies is based on intensive, interdisciplinary learning communities coordinated with traditional academic programs. The Early Childhood Education concentration includes such courses as English, math, world history, U.S. history, government and economics.

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  • Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure), Graduate Certificate

    This 33-credit certificate offers the required courses for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Special Education.  Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate courses prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived based on prior course work. 

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  • Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure), Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s program and obtain both a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education, Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure) within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure), Concentration in MEd Special Education

    This 30-credit concentration is for professionals who already hold an early childhood special education teacher license or are interested in working in an early childhood special education context outside the classroom. Students who wish to seek early childhood education licensure are advised to consider completing the Early Childhood Special Education Licensure certificate program in conjunction with the MEd. Students may use their certificate coursework to fulfill the elective credits for the MEd degree program.

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  • Earth Science - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BS in Earth Science and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Earth Science within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Earth Science - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Earth Science at the secondary level.

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  • Education Leadership, Graduate Certificate

    This 24-credit certificate, a state-approved (Virginia) sequence of courses leading to the Administration and Supervision PreK-12 endorsement area, is designed for educators who already hold a valid teaching license and already have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited university. The program emphasizes an understanding of the complexities of change in schools, communities, and organizations. Participants are expected to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision-making, reflective practice, and successful achievement of all school-aged youth.

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  • Education Leadership, MEd

    The master’s degree in Education Leadership is dedicated to improving the quality of pre-K - 12 education. Students engage in courses devoted to experiential learning and professional growth, developing exceptional leaders who act with integrity as they work to improve schools.The program emphasizes an understanding of the complexities of change in schools, communities, and organizations. Participants are expected to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision making, reflective practice, and successful achievement of all school-aged youth. This program prepares graduates for leadership and management positions in a variety of educational settings.

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  • Education Studies, Minor

    This 18 or 19-credit minor is designed for students with a strong interest in exploring the field of education to develop a conceptual understanding of schools and teaching. It will not lead to teacher licensure but is designed to introduce students to the structure of American education. 

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  • Education and Human Development, PhD (title change pending SCHEV approval)

    The PhD in Education degree is specifically for professional practitioners in education, including those in public or private schools, community or government agencies, and professional associations. The program is individualized, interdisciplinary, and experiential. Students plan their own programs to meet self-defined goals. Areas of specialization include Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Leadership, Education Policy, Educational Psychology, Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion, Higher Education, International Education, Learning  Technologies Design Research, Literacy and Reading, Mathematics Education Leadership, Multilingual/Multicultural Education, Research Methodology, Science Education Research, Special Education and Teaching and Teacher Education.

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  • Educational Psychology, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’ program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and MS in Educational Psychology within an accelerated time frame. Among the concentrations: Assessment, Evaluation and Testing; Learning, Cognition and Motivation; Leaning and Decision-Making in Leadership.

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  • Educational Psychology, MS

    Educational Psychologists help people to realize optimal conditions for learning not only for students in formal and informal educational settings, but also in settings such as business, government, competitive sports, community building, and the military. The MS in Educational Psychology offers students a supportive and collegial environment with faculty from numerous educational disciplines and expertise. In this program, students develop the skills to meet the needs of diverse populations and design and implement effective educational programs appropriate for a broad range of cultural contexts.

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  • Elementary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Elementary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Elementary Education PK-6 initial licensure program and Master's program is designed to provide professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students attending today's elementary schools.

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  • Elementary Education, Integrative Studies Concentration in the BA

    Elementary school teachers shape lives by helping young students learn and apply important concepts, understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical-thinking skills. The BAIS in Elementary Education degree meets the Virginia Department of Education endorsement requirements and will prepare students for graduate licensure programs. Students should meet with Mason's Endorsement Specialist throughout their undergraduate degree as well as Integrative Studies academic advisors.

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  • English - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s program and obtain a BA in English or a BFA in Creative Writing and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education English within an accelerated time frame.

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  • English - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach English at the secondary level.

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  • English as a Second Language (ESL/ESOL)/Special Education, Graduate Certificate

    The program prepares educators for both domestic international teaching assignments working with culturally &linguistically diverse learners. It provides courses for licensed teachers to earn an add-on endorsement in English as a second language (ESL) PK-12, also known as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to pass an oral and written proficiency assessment in English to meet state licensure requirements and national professional standards.

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  • Foreign Language Licensure, Graduate Certificate

    This 27-credit Foreign Language graduate certificate is designed to provide an interdisciplinary, theory-based course of study for initial licensure candidates and provisionally licensed teachers. It is intended to assist students in developing a reflective stance toward practice and to enhance the ability to address critical issues in language and learning. It also intends to advance their fundamental understanding about language, technology, pedagogy, and culture, as well as issues related to diversity in schools and in society at large. Students may select Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, or Spanish.

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  • Gifted Child Education, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate is designed for professionals who are interested in working with gifted children. Students completing this certificate fulfill the requirements for add-on endorsement in gifted education for currently licensed teachers.

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  • Health Promotion, Minor

    This 18 to 19 credit minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students, with the exception of those enrolled in the BS in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources degree program pursuing the Concentration in Health Promotion. Eight credits must be unique to the minor.

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  • Higher Education Administration, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate in Higher Education Administration is designed for individuals who are planning or enhancing an administrative career in higher education. It's designed to provide an understanding of management and operational practices for effective leadership.

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  • History and Social Science - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies, Concentration in Social Science for Education and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education History and Social Science within an accelerated time frame.

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  • History, PhD

    The PhD program prepares students for careers in college teaching, digital media, publishing, educational administration, public history, and historical research. Students gain expertise in conventional historical methods and web-based technologies. Major fields include U.S. history, European history, and world history. Minor fields are chosen by the student and may be defined geographically/temporally (such as Early America or Modern East Asia), topically (such as women’s history or cultural history), or methodologically (such as public history or new media and information technology).

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  • History/Social Science - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach History and or Social Science at the secondary level.

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  • Human Development and Family Science, BA, Minor

    The HDFS curriculum prepares its graduates to use family-centered and strengths-based approaches to develop, implement, evaluate, and manage services for individuals and families at all stages of life. Graduates will develop competencies in 10 areas as established by the National Council on Family Relations, and will learn to engage with families in such service settings as early childhood education, community-based programs and health care settings. Our program also prepares students to critically analyze complex family issues, advocate for families in schools and communities, and address social factors influencing family functioning, health, and well-being (poverty, immigration, homelessness, incarceration, family violence, and discrimination and structural violence such as racism, nationalism, or heterosexism). Students are required to complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork.

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  • Instructional Design and Technology, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    This program prepares professionals to design effective learning experiences and training programs. You will have the necessary skills, whether you choose to work in education, corporate training, or military and government training settings.

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  • Integration of Online Learning in Schools, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    This program meets the needs of K-12 educators interested in learning to blend online learning with face-to-face practice, as well as teaching in fully online learning environments. In addition, the Master's degree option extends the graduate certificate option to include a focus on the design and creation of online learning environments in which  participants apply knowledge gained using of a variety of design tools to develop online learning environments appropriate for their own teaching contexts.

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  • Integration of Online Learning in Schools, Graduate Certificate

    This 16-credit certificate meets the needs of K-12 educators interested in teaching in blended as well as fully online learning environments. The certificate is offered fully online.

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  • International ESOL Education (PK-12) Licensure, Graduate Certificate

    This 30-credit certificate is designed for both international and domestic educators who are working or plan to work in K-12 English as a Second Language, also known as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), classrooms. It provides coursework leading to an initial teaching license in ESL education. It is intended to assist in the development of a reflective stance toward practice and to enhance ability to address critical issues in language and learning. Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to pass an oral and written proficiency assessment in English to meet state licensure requirements and national professional standards.

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  • International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure, Graduate Certificate

    The program prepares educators for international teaching assignments. This 27-credit certificate offers course work leading to teacher licensure (Virginia) in Elementary Education PK-6. Additionally, this program prepares students who wish to teach in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools worldwide by integrating IB curriculum into the licensure coursework. Students completing the licensure requirements may take one additional course to become eligible for the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning through the IB.

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  • International Special Education (PK-12), Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit graduate certificate is designed for pre-service and in-service international educators who desire additional training in special education and skills to identify special needs students, provide differentiated instruction and assessment, and collaborate with classroom teachers. Some course work may be applied to the MEd in Special Education and may count towards Virginia licensure in special education K-12.

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  • Language Arts for Education, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    This degree meets the Virginia Department of Education endorsement requirements and will prepare students for graduate licensure programs. Students should meet with Mason's Endorsement Specialist throughout their undergraduate degree as well as Integrative Studies academic advisors.

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  • Learning Technologies

    The mission of the Learning Technologies program is to leverage the use of technology to create engaging, optimal, and inclusive learning opportunities and instructional experiences by: providing students and professionals with an education that is grounded in theoretical models balanced with real-life applications and project-based experiences; promoting strategic, innovative, and creative thinking using design research methods and practices; and building and fostering partnerships aimed at advancing the field of learning technologies through research and development initiatives.

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  • Literacy Leadership for Diverse Schools, Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, MEd

    This 33-credit concentration includes a 21-credit sequence of courses in literacy/reading instruction and leadership, 3 credits in research methodology, and 9 credits in courses related to diverse learners (English as a second language [ESL], special education, or an individualized program). Completion of all requirements earns students a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, plus a K-12 Reading Specialist License.

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  • Literacy PK-12 Classrooms, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    This concentration is for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.

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  • Literacy: K-12 Reading Specialist, Graduate Certificate

    This 21-credit certificate, a state-approved (Virginia) sequence of courses leading to reading specialist licensure, is designed for teachers who have a master's degree. Coursework includes foundational knowledge, instructional and assessment strategies for individuals and groups, and preparation as a literacy coach and staff developer. Licensure also requires a master's degree, passing the Virginia Reading Assessment, and three years of teaching under contract.

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  • Mathematics - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA or BS in Mathematics (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Mathematics within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Mathematics - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Math at the secondary level.

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  • Mathematics Specialist Leader (K–8), Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Math Specialist Leader concentration is a unique MEd degree in Mathematics Education Leadership for people who want to become K-8 mathematics specialists. The Math Specialist Leader concentration includes the required course work for state endorsement as a K-8 Mathematics Specialist. Students study mathematics content, curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy in the program. By the end of the program, when students apply to the Virginia Department of Education for a Math Specialist endorsement, they must have three years of successful teaching experience and 6 previous credits of mathematics in addition to a master's degree.

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  • Mild Disabilities, Minor

    This 15-credit minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with background knowledge in teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. It allows participants to begin course work applicable to Virginia teacher licensure.

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  • Music Education, PhD

    The PhD in music education, a research-intensive degree, focuses on the gathering, processing, and interpretation of information. Students in the PhD program take seminars and topics courses in music education, as well as research courses through the College of Education and Human Development. PhD graduates are expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate significant concepts of music education.

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  • Music, MM

    The MM degree is offered as an educational channel to meet the intellectual and career needs of qualified students. The Mason School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Students study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are active performers, conductors, composers, music theoreticians, historians, and music teachers. Admission is based on acceptance to the university and audition. The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). It is a comprehensive and advanced program of study with a choice of concentrations in performance, music education, composition, conducting, jazz studies, and pedagogy. The MM with a concentration in music education does not provide licensure to teach music in public or private schools.

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  • Nursing Education, Graduate Certificate

    This Nursing Education Graduate Certificate prepares students to function in nursing educational roles in academic and nonacademic settings by combining foundation courses in education with courses in the principles and practices of nursing education. Applicants must hold a master's degree in nursing. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall semester only. The certificate may be pursued only on a part-time basis.

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  • Nutrition, MS

    Students learn to assess, evaluate, and intervene in the most current and relevant nutrition issues, and will be able to work for agencies, businesses, and organizations that seek to improve nutrition at the local, national, and global levels. Students will also be prepared to continue their studies if they seek a research career in nutrition.

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  • Parks and Outdoor Recreation - Concentration in Recreation Management, BS

    This career-ready concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in leadership and administration, natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete supervised internships in professional settings.

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  • Physical Education, BSEd

    The Health and Physical Education program prepares students for licensure to teach health and physical education at the elementary, middle and high school grades. The program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The curriculum is research-based and stresses teaching standards established by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education. It emphasizes student learning in physical education. Central to the program is its school-based field experiences in which supervised majors teach various grades in schools.
     

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  • Physics BS, Accelerated MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Physics Concentration

    Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor’s/accelerated master’s program and obtain both a BS in Physics and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Physics Concentration in an accelerated time frame. All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in research with faculty. Areas of study may include: applied physics; astrobiology; astronomy; astrophysics; atomic physics; biological physics; computational physics; data science; particle and nuclear physics; planetary science; space weather; and solar physics.

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  • Recreation Management, Minor

    This 18-credit minor (including a practicum) is available to all Mason undergraduate students, with the exception of those enrolled in the Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, BS a concentration in either Parks and Outdoor Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

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  • School Psychology, Concentration in the Psychology MA

    A concentration within the Psychology MA, the School Psychology program emphasizes foundational knowledge in psychology, education, intervention and problem solving, statistics and research methodology, and professional school psychology, along with supervised experiences in educational and clinical settings. The program employs an instructional model that combines a sound understanding of psychological theory and research with in-depth practicum and internship experiences. Graduates are well-prepared to practice psychology in educational and clinical settings that serve children and adolescents as well as their families.

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  • Secondary Education 6-12, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach at the secondary level. Specific endorsement areas are: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history/social science, mathematics, and physics. Add-on endorsements are available in English as a second language, and algebra I.

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  • Secondary Education English, Minor

    This 21-credit minor, available only to students enrolled in the BA in English program, provides undergraduates with background knowledge in Secondary Education English. Completing this minor fulfills requirements for licensure in Secondary Education English (6-12) in Virginia.

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  • Secondary Education Licensure, Graduate Certificate

    This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach at the secondary level. Endorsement areas include biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history/social science, mathematics, physics, and English as a second language. One of three internship types is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program: Professional Development School (PDS) Internship, Student Teaching Internship, or On-the-job internship. Under certain circumstances, provisionally licensed teachers may use their full-time teaching to satisfy the experience requirement for a full license.

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  • Severe Disabilities, Minor

    This 15-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in teaching students with severe disabilities. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Special Education in Virginia.

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  • Social Science for Education, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    The BA in Social Science for Education allows students to engage in globally related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad. Coursework includes the economic principles, physical geography, introduction to local/global government and history related to educational social science. The program provides students with opportunities to conduct independent research and participate in many forms of public service. Students prepare for their careers in educational leadership through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities. Highly qualified students in this BA program may be approved to pursue an accelerated track to both a BA in Integrative Studies and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.

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  • Sociology, PhD

    The doctoral degree in Sociology provides rigorous training in public and applied social research, including skills in research design, data analysis, and substantive areas that are pertinent to various sectors in the Washington, D.C. area. Graduates have the theoretical, analytical, and professional skills that prepare them for academic positions in teaching or research. They are also well-qualified for nonacademic positions in the many settings that rely on the expertise of sociologists including human service agencies, marketing research firms, educational systems, nonprofit foundations, and law enforcement agencies.

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  • Special Education Leadership, Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit non-licensure certificate provides training for educators who administer program implementation efforts for students with exceptional needs. It is designed for those who have an interest in becoming special education directors, program coordinators, school building administrators, department chairs, or lead teachers; however, opportunities beyond special education also exist.

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  • Special Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Special Education, MEd

    The MEd in Special Education prepares both classroom educators and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support the needs of individuals with disabilities. Students may focus their program on a specific area in the field by completing a licensure or non-licensure certificate program using certificate coursework to fulfill the elective credits for the MEd degree program. Two accelerated master’s options are available to students in any bachelor’s degree. Career advancement opportunities include increased leadership service and roles in and out of the classroom, as well as continued graduate work and institutional leadership. 

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  • Sport Coaching, Graduate Certificate

    Students in this program prepare for a career in coaching.  They learn advanced skills that can be used for a variety of coaching situations. The courses include the psychology of coaching and legal issues in sport.

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  • Sport and Recreation Studies, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a Bachelor's degree in any area and an MS in Sport and Recreation Studies within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Students with Disabilities Who Access General Curriculum, Graduate Certificate

    This 33-credit certificate offers required courses for Virginia teacher licensure to people who will be working with students with disabilities who access the general curriculum. The program prepares individuals to work with students with disabilities who take Standards of Learning tests (SOLs) or Virginia Grade Level Assessments (VGLA).

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  • Students with Disabilities Who Access the Adapted Curriculum, Graduate Certificate

    This 36-credit hour certificate offers required course work for Virginia teacher licensure in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum.  Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate courses prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived.

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  • Systems Engineering and Operations Research, PhD

    Mason’s doctoral program in Systems Engineering and Operations Research offers a unique integration of systems engineering and operations research. This integration gives students a strong analytical and computational capability and an overarching systems perspective that is well-grounded in application. The program prepares students for leadership positions in research and development in government, industry, research organization, and academia.

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  • Systems Engineering, BS

    The BS in Systems Engineering considers all aspects of a system throughout its lifetime. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing from engineering, computer science, operations research, psychology, and economics. The core systems engineering courses tie these diverse threads to provide a global understanding of how individual engineering disciplines fit into the development of complex, large-scale systems. Students gain depth in a technical area by selecting a sequence of technical electives that constitute an emphasis. A year-long senior design project provides hands-on experience in applying various systems engineering methods and tools. Systems engineers work in various fields to define, develop, and integrate such systems as computer networks, cars, intelligent robots, stereos, subways, and universities.

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  • Teacher Education Programs, Graduate

    What 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 for you.

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  • Teacher Education Programs, Undergraduate

    What 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 for you.

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  • Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners is designed to prepare teachers to work in highly diverse K-12 classrooms to support a variety of student needs with special emphasis on language learners. Students in this Master’s program must also complete a secondary certificate program to support completing initial licensure or advanced coursework in Elementary Education, English as Second Language Education, Foreign Language Education, Special Education, or Advanced International Baccalaureate Studies. The Master’s program also prepares international teachers interested in earning initial licensure in Elementary or English as a Second Language Education (formerly FAST TRAIN), and supports partnerships with the Peace Corps for returning volunteers or those interested in completing service.

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  • Teaching English as a Second Language, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language (TESL) prepares students to teach non-native speakers of English in the United States or abroad. Using linguistics theory and research, this 18-credit program consists of courses in linguistic theory, the structure of the English sound system and grammar, adult second language learning, and pedagogical approaches including a practicum in classroom ESL teaching. The program fulfills, in part, requirements for an endorsement in English as a Second Language to the VA state teaching credential. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of several related degree programs. The course is also available online, and qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

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  • Teaching English as a Second Language, Minor

    The minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) helps prepare undergraduate students to teach non-native speakers of English in the United States or abroad. This program combines linguistic theory, second language acquisition theory, and ESL teaching methodology. The minor in TESL may be pursued concurrently with any undergraduate major. This minor is offered by the Department of English.

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  • Teaching Theatre PK-12, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate prepares students who hold an undergraduate degree in Theatre (BFA, BA or equivalent) for Theatre Arts licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In conjunction with the College of Education and Human Development, the certificate curriculum consists of graduate-level Theater and Education courses, field experience observation and pre-service teaching internship.

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  • Therapeutic Recreation - Concentration in Recreation Management, BS

    The Therapeutic Recreation concentration within Recreation Management teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Course work includes therapeutic recreation foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment, and an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Graduates implement activities as tools for intervention and rehabilitation to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in a variety of clinical and community settings, finding employment in clinical and community settings, senior and adult health care, non-profit organizations, and schools.

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  • Tourism and Events Management, Minor

    This 15-credit minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students, with the exception of those enrolled in the BS in Tourism and Events Management degree program. Eight credits must be unique to the minor.

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  • Transformative Teaching, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Transformative Teaching program grew out of the highly successful Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) master’s program. For 20 years, IET provided quality professional development for more than 2,000 teachers in the national capital region. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the new Transformative Teaching online program allows us to expand our reach to meet the needs of the 21st century teaching professional. The program is designed with your schedule in mind, and your teaching and learning concerns as the focus. Learners will design more effective instruction while meeting standards through reflection, collaboration, and action research.

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  • Usability, Graduate Certificate

    The Department of Psychology offers a graduate certificate in Usability under the auspices of the program in Human Factors/Applied Cognition. Coursework includes a combination of human psychology with an emphasis on cognitive science and human-technology interaction, and visual/application design. The certificate is beneficial to students interested in careers in visual and/or instructional design for multiple applications and technologies, as well as any new and upcoming fields that demand strong sensitivity to considerations of human-computer-interface.
    The graduate certificate in usability may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the University Catalog.
     

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  • Visual Impairment Licensure, PK-12, Graduate Certificate

    This 34-credit certificate is designed for students seeking Virginia initial teacher licensure in visual impairments (PK–12). Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework in a university program before admission to the certificate may request that courses in the certificate program be waived based on the content in prior coursework.

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  • Visual Impairment and Blindness, Minor

    This 17-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in teaching students with visual impairments. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Special Education in Virginia. 

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  • Writing and Rhetoric, PhD

    George Mason's doctoral program in Writing and Rhetoric offers a curriculum that emphasizes theoretical, practical, and productive approaches to writing in organizations and in public spaces. It will prepare students to write, research, and teach with a deeper understanding of the intellectual and administrative tools that can enhance the work they do. Our program is built on the premise that writing and teaching in twenty-first century organizations require the rigorous, integrated study of rhetoric, technology, culture, and research methodologies. Our courses prepare students for rhetorical and pedagogical work in colleges and universities, public schools, government and nonprofit programs, corporate workplaces, and the broad public spheres crafted via the Internet and mass media. Graduates will help meet the increasing national demand for faculty in rhetoric and composition to teach and lead programs in areas such as writing program administration, writing across the curriculum, technical communication, and media studies. The industry and government sectors also need professionals to conduct research, manage development, and analyze policy in the use of new communication technologies. 

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