School of Education - George Mason University

As an early childhood educator, you help students learn and develop in ways that will serve them for the rest of their lives!

This bachelor’s degree provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong cross-disciplinary foundation as well as specialized knowledge to work with culturally, linguistically, ability, and socioeconomically diverse young children, families, and other professionals. The courses in the major ensure that students engage in a well-rounded, cohesive program of studies that prepares them to be high-quality early childhood educators. Students may select one of the optional teacher licensure concentrations (i.e., Early Childhood Special Education, Early/Primary Education PreK-3, Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK-3) or a non-licensure sequence to fulfill the requirements for the BSEd in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners.

Mason Core (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6) (ENGH 302 Advanced Composition is recommended)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology and computing (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3) (MATH 106 Quantitative Reasoning is recommended)
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization/World History (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)
  • Global understanding (3) (GGS 101 Major World Regions is recommended course)
  • Natural science (8) (Two lab sciences in different disciplines are recommended)
  • Writing intensive (fulfilled by major requirements)
  • Synthesis/Capstone (fulfilled by major requirements)

Program Core Requirements (33 credits)

Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure) (ECLC)More Less

Electives (37 credits)

Select an additional 37 credits from any courses. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements.

Concentration in Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Licensure) (EPEL)More Less

Course Requirements (15 credits)

Electives (34 credits)

Select an additional 34 credits from any courses. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements.

Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Dual Licensure) (EEDL)More Less