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BSEd Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education

"My experience of being in the Early Childhood program at Mason, as an undergrad, has been valuable and worthwhile. I have encountered amazing professors, who challenged me and motivated me through different projects. It truly encouraged me to reflect on my knowledge and my practices as someone who wants to become a teacher who can make a difference in her students' lives." - Joo Kang, BSEd Early/Primary Education PreK-3, '22

This bachelor’s degree provides students with the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in special education to work with young children and families from a diversity of abilities and cultural, racial, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds. The courses in this major ensure that students engage in a well-rounded program of study that prepares them to be high-quality early childhood special educators.

Students pursuing this concentration will be eligible for Early Childhood Special Education birth-age 5 licensure upon graduation. Providing intervention for students at an early age enhances later academic outcomes as well as social, emotional, cognitive, motor, language, and adaptive development.

Please note that there are additional requirements when pursuing teacher licensure. See below for more information about the required licensure exams.

Licensure Requirements

In addition to completing program courses, students must complete state-mandated licensure exams prior to their internship application deadline. The most up-to-date information regarding exams can be found on the TeacherTrack@Mason website.

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.


Students pursuing Early Childhood Special Education 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 completed in public school and birth to three early intervention settings.

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:

  • Preschool Special Education Teachers
  • Early Interventionist in Birth to Age 3 Settings
  • Child Find Specialists

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 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.