School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Concentration in ASTL: Special Education

Individuals with special needs require unique instruction by specially trained professionals to prepare them to access the same opportunities (e.g., education, employment, and community engagement) available to their non-disabled peers.

The Special Education Concentration provides advanced expertise for educators, administrators, and other professionals providing services to individuals with special needs. Students select one of the following areas of emphasis: applied behavior analysis, assistive technology, students with disabilities who access the adapted curriculum, students with disabilities who access the general curriculum, autism spectrum disorders, blindness and visual impairments.

Core Courses (12 credits)

Concentration Courses (18 credits)

Students work with a Special Education advisor to select 18 credits of Special Education coursework in their chosen area of emphasis.

Add-on Endorsement in Special Education: General Curriculum Graduate Certificate

Do you have an elementary or secondary VDOE teaching license or are you interested in earning a secondary certificate as part of your degree program? If so, you can earn the Add-on Endorsement in Special Education: General Curriculum Graduate Certificate as part of your ASTL degree program. If you are licensed by the VDOE in either elementary or secondary education, the coursework in this certificate can be applied to the Virginia Department of Education for the Add-on Endorsement in Special Education: General Curriculum.

Once you have been admitted to the ASTL M.Ed. program, you can pursue the certificate as part of your ASTL: Special Education Concentration coursework.

Certificate Requirements:

  • EDCI 790: Internship in Education (1 credit)
  • * Note: Students seeking to add an endorsement to an elementary license must take EDSE 627 Assessment. All others must take EDSE 544 Adapted Instructional Methods and Transition for Secondary Learners.

    Total Credits: 16

    Add one more 2-3 credit EDSE or EDAT course to fulfill your 18-credit Concentration coursework for the M.Ed.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Emphasis (18 credits)

Choose 18 credits from the following

Delivery format: Students may choose between a face-to-face or online format.

  • Face-to-face courses are held at the Fairfax campus. Students must begin the ABA courses in the fall semester. Two ABA courses are offered each semester (fall, spring, summer). In-state tuition and the VA Educator Discount are available for those who qualify.
  • The online format provides asynchronous courses in an 8-week modular calendar. Students take one course each 8 weeks. The online ABA courses are not eligible for in-state tuition or the VA Educator Discount. Tuition price is $775/credit for online ABA courses. When taking ASTL Core courses, students transition to the standard calendar and tuition pricing. ASTL Core classes are eligible for in-state tuition and the VA Educator Discount is available for those who qualify.

Assistive Technology Emphasis (18 credits)

Choose 18 credits from the following

Delivery format: Assistive Technology courses are offered 100% online. In-state tuition and the VA Educator Discount are available for those who qualify. Students may start in fall, spring, or summer.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Emphasis (18 credits)

Choose 18 credits from the following

*Students must choose an elective course from among the other ASTL Special Education emphases to complete the required 18 credits.

Delivery format: Offered 100% online. Asynchronous ASD courses are offered in an 8-week modular calendar. ASD courses are not eligible for in-state tuition or the VA Educator Discount. Tuition price is $775/credit for ASD courses. When taking Core courses, students transition to the standard calendar and tuition pricing. Core classes are eligible for in-state tuition and the VA Educator Discount is available for those who qualify. Student should meet with a Special Education advisor to outline a program plan.

Visual Impairments Licensure, PK-12 Emphasis (18 credits)

Choose 18 credits from the following

Delivery format: Visual Impairments Licensure coursework is offered primarily online, asynchronous and synchronous, with a face-to-face weekend in Fairfax for hands-on education in orientation and mobility. In-state tuition and the VA Educator Discount are available for those who qualify. Students may start their Visual Impairments courses in fall, spring, or summer.

Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum Emphasis (18 credits)

Chose 18 credits from the following

1Online option available.
2Face-to-face option available.

Delivery format: Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum courses are primarily face-to-face classes held at the Fairfax campus with some online course options. In-state tuition and the VA Educator Discount are available for those who qualify. Students may start these courses in fall, spring, or summer.

Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum Emphasis (18 credits)

Choose 18 credits from the following

Delivery format: Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum courses are offered 100% online, in synchronous and asynchronous classes. In-state tuition and the VA Educator Discount are available for those who qualify. Students may start these emphasis courses in fall, spring, or summer.

ASTL Special Education Concentration Course Sheet