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"I am thankful for the program as it has given me a safe space to make mistakes and grow from them. I went through first-hand experiences in curriculum instruction, ongoing assessments, and creating deeper connections to foster student-centered learning. Because of this, it has allowed me to become the best at my current roles as a 2nd-grade teacher, as I teach aspiring young leaders, and the proud president of the Asian Educators Association (AEA), as I elevate the voices of those who are historically underrepresented in impactful conversations. I am honored to represent GMU as I continue to be a leader who prides herself in finding equity for students, families, and communities within FCPS." - Tori Huynh, '20

The Early Childhood Education Program at Mason prepares early childhood educators to work in early childhood education settings, including early childhood special education and prekindergarten to third grade settings, with children and families who bring diverse cultural, racial, linguistic, ability, and socio-economic backgrounds to early childhood education settings.

Many of our students come to us interested in teaching and choose options that lead to Virginia licensure in Early/Primary Education PreK-3 and Early Childhood Special Education, Birth-Age 5. Upon graduation students pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers (Birth-Age 5)
  • Birth-Age 3 Early Interventionists
  • Early Head Start/Head Start Teachers
  • Early Care and Education Teachers
  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Early Childhood Education and Curriculum Specialists for Museums, Organizations, and Associations


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