School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: Early Childhood Education

Early childhood is a unique developmental period, requiring similarly unique teaching strategies and styles which you will learn as a student in the ASTL program.

The Early childhood Education concentration provides advanced professional development in preschool through third grade content and includes two required courses and four electives. The concentration focuses on advancing the professional knowledge of practicing teachers who teach young children.

This concentration provides advanced professional development in preschool through third grade content and includes two required courses and four electives. The concentration focuses on advancing the professional knowledge of practicing teachers who teach young children.

The ASTL concentrations are 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.

Experienced teachers with or without a master's degree may apply for the ASTL Master's Degree program, which includes 18 credits in the Concentration area and 12 credits in the education Core.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Concentration Courses (6 credits)

Electives: choose four (12 credits)

  • Any graduate courses with ECED prefix

Total: 30 credits

ASTL Early Childhood Education Concentration Form