School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: Literacy: PK-12 Classroom Teachers

Literacy was once known simply as the ability to read and write. Today it's about being able to make sense of and engage in advanced reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The Literacy: PK-12 Classroom Teachers concentration includes three required literacy courses and three approved electives in ESOL, special education, psychology, secondary and elementary education, early childhood, writing, and other areas. Teachers PK-12 in any discipline will learn about theory and strategies in literacy and reading.

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 or 21 credits in the Concentration area and 12 credits in the education Core.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Concentration Courses (9 credits)


*Select 9 credits of electives from the following:

Note: *Students may choose an alternate elective with advisor approval.

Total: 30 credits

ASTL Literacy PK-12 Classroom Teachers Concentration Course Sheet