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.
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.
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
- 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 participate in, engage in, and conduct research alongside faculty across the program.
- 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).
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.
The majority of ECED courses will be either in person on our Fairfax campus or in a hybrid format.
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)
- 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)
- ECED 491: Seminar in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
Without Concentration Requirements (12 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 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)
General Electives (37 credits)
Select an additional 37 credits from any courses. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements.
Total Credits (120)
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.
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|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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Virginia Testing Resources
- Praxis Core and Praxis II Preparation Workshops are offered on campus.
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