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School of Education - George Mason University
World language teachers understand the intricacies of language, how vocabulary is absorbed to lead to language competency, and the best ways to teach students and avoid the difficulties many encounter during language acquisition.

Mason’s Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) French concentration is designed to deepen your own language knowledge while you study advanced theory and pedagogy to strengthen the language learning of students in your classroom.

This 30-credit MEd includes a combination of modern language courses and targeted electives as well as the ASTL core courses.

Where This Degree Will Take You

  • The broad, research-based knowledge you’ll gain will position you as a leader in language instruction.
  • Grow your career with the advantages of a master’s degree, including increased pay and the opportunity to be a curriculum leader in your school.
  • Aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the courses help teachers think and practice with the same level of reflection and skill as Board-certified educators (a great next step after graduating!).

Who Should Apply?

Educators holding a bachelor's degree with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes 12 credits of core education courses and 18 credits of concentration courses chosen with support from a Mason advisor. This is not an initial licensure program.

Can I Use Graduate Credits from Other Universities to Reduce my Course Load?

Possibly! University policy allows for up to 12 credits (depending on the program) that have not been previously used to complete a degree to be transferred from another accredited graduate program. Consultation with an ASTL advisor is necessary to determine if and which courses may be acceptable to a specific concentration. The literacy: K-12 reading specialist concentration does not allow for substitutions. Substitutions cannot be made for the five core courses of the ASTL program (EDUC 612, EDUC 613, EDUC 614, EDUC 606, EDUC 615). Course work that is older than six years will not be accepted, even if the courses were taken at Mason.