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Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners Concentration (Licensure)

"Through this program I have gained confidence and knowledge so that I am better equipped to educate and nurture diverse young learners. Having the ability to have hands on experiences through class, internship, and field work made me an attractive candidate in the field." - Alexa Rawl, MEd Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, '22

A degree in early childhood education provides the opportunity to learn about specific instructional tools and practices that help young children develop a love of learning that will benefit them the rest of their lives.

By working with young children and their families, our graduates create a path for success for children in the earliest years of their education. Students learn specialized skills to work with children from a diversity of abilities as well as cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

This is an ideal program for students who want to teach in an early elementary classroom. Graduates of this concentration are eligible to apply for a Virginia teaching license for Early/Primary Education PreK-3.

Field Experience

Some courses require field observation within a Northern Virginia regional school. If a course has a field experience requirement it will be noted in PatriotWeb. Our field experience office coordinates with our local schools to assign placements.


Early Childhood Education students engage in a semester-long internship experience off campus. This internship is a capstone experience. It is a full-time obligation in the last semester of the program. The program assists with the placement process. Internships will be either working directly with or on behalf of young children and their families.

Students must submit an internship application in the semester prior to the internship. Please consult with the Early Childhood Education advisor and review the information on this page for more details.

Careers in Early Childhood

Students completing this licensure program may pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Prekindergarten Teachers
  • Kindergarten Teachers
  • First Through Third Grade Teachers

Additional Opportunities

Licensure Disclosure

George Mason University will verify completion of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require George Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.