BSEd Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK–3 (Dual Licensure)
"My experience in George Mason's teacher program was great. The professors were all extremely supportive and passionate about what they were teaching. Many of the professors came from a practical background, which, in my opinion, gave the curriculum some real world punch. The courses and assignments were well structured and challenging, but the professors were always there to help and clear up any confusion. It was clear that the professors wanted you to succeed not only in your courses but also succeed as a teacher once you were out teaching in the real world. The passion they have for education is contagious." - Erica Ramirez Estrada, '21
The Early Childhood Education Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreKindergarten-Third Grade (PK-3) Dual Concentration prepares professionals to work in either Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Age 5), Preschool/PreKindergarten classrooms with children who access Special and General Education curriculum, or PreK-3rd Grade settings.
This bachelor’s degree provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong cross-disciplinary foundation as well as specialized knowledge to work with young children from a diversity of abilities and cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The courses in the major ensure that students engage in a well-rounded, cohesive program of study that prepares them to be high-quality early childhood educators.
Students who complete this dual licensure concentration are eligible to apply for licensure in both Early/Primary Education PreK–3 and Early Childhood Special Education (birth through age five) upon graduation. Early childhood educators help students learn and develop in ways that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Please note that there are additional requirements when pursuing teacher licensure. See below for more information about the required licensure exams and content area coursework.
Dual Licensure Requirements
In addition to completing program courses, students must complete state-mandated licensure exams and content area coursework prior to their internship application deadline. The most up-to-date information regarding exams can be found on the TeacherTrack@Mason website. Students need to initiate a content area review and meet with an endorsement advisor to discuss the remaining requirements. Instructions on the content area review process can be found here.
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 for Diverse Learners 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 internship. Please consult with the Early Childhood Education advisor and review the information on this page for more details.
Careers in Early Education
Students completing this dual licensure program may pursue careers in the following areas:
- Licensed Prekindergarten Teacher
- Licensed Kindergarten Teacher
- Licensed 1st-3rd Grade Teacher
- Licensed Early Childhood Special Education (birth-age 5) teacher
- Early interventionist
- Students in the bachelor’s degree program may be eligible to apply for an accelerated master’s and complete an MEd within one year after finishing the bachelor’s degree.
- Students have the opportunity to engage with professional organizations to create connections, learn about advocacy opportunities, and stay informed about current trends and developments in the field. Our professional organizations include Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (NVAEYC).
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require 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.
George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a 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.
Mason Core (38 credits)
- Written communication (6) ( ENGH 302: Advanced Composition (3 credits) is recommended)
- Oral communication (3)
- Information technology and computing (3)
- Quantitative reasoning (3) ( MATH 106: Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits) is recommended)
- Literature (3)
- Arts (3)
- Western civilization/World History (3)
- Social and behavioral science (3)
- Global understanding (3) (GGS 101: Major World Regions (3 credits) 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)
- ECED 201: Introduction to Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
- ECED 401: Developmental Pathways of Diverse Learners, Birth-Adolescence (3 credits)
- ECED 402: Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners (3 credits)
- ECED 403: Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance (3 credits)
- ECED 404: Engaging Families of Diverse Learners, Birth – Grade 6 (3 credits)
- ECED 411: Assessment of Diverse Young Learners (3 credits)
- ECED 490: Internship in Early Childhood Education (3 credits) (12 credits are required)
- ECED 491: Seminar in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
Concentration in Dual Licensure (27 credits)
- ECED 405: Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
- ECED 406: Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners (3 credits)
- ECED 412: Language and Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Primary Grade Learners (3 credits)
- ECED 413: Integrating Social Studies Across the Content Areas for Diverse Young Learners (3 credits)
- ECED 415: Mathematics for Diverse Young Learners (3 credits)
- ECED 416: Science for Diverse Young Learners (3 credits)
- ECED 422: Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers (3 credits)
- ECED 423: Early Intervention for Infants & Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative & Consultative Approaches (3 credits)
- MATH 110: Introductory Probability (3 credits) OR MATH 271: Mathematics for the Elementary School Teachers I (3 credits) OR course approved by advisor
General Electives (22 credits)
Select an additional 22 credits from any courses. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements.
Total Credits (120 credits)
The program is a standard-length, 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Course work is primarily completed in person on Mason’s Fairfax campus.
- Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 1
- Regular Decision Deadline: January 15
- Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
- Spring Priority Deadline: October 1
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
Prospective Mason students can visit the How to Apply page for more information about submitting an application.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
|CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
|$25.00 - $250.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$583.40 - $808.40|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$1,590.25 - $1,815.25|
|Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
|$350 | $275 for transfer students|
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
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