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School of Education - George Mason University
STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators.

Mason’s Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) STEM concentration is designed to empower educators to spark a love of learning in their students by using research-based, progressive practices for teaching science, technology, engineering, and math in the classroom.

This concentration provides advanced professional development for practicing elementary, middle, or high school science teachers.

Benefits of the ASTL STEM Concentration

  • Deepen your knowledge of pedagogy in STEM so you can bring an exciting, cutting-edge curriculum to your students and schools.
  • Grow your career with the advantages of a master’s degree, including the possibility of 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.

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, 18 credits of STEM 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.