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School of Education - George Mason University
The Mason Elementary Education graduate and undergraduate programs are ranked in the top 20 elementary education preparation programs in the US according to US News and World Reports.

Our graduates are reflective teachers who are responsive to their students' diverse needs, are well versed in research-based pedagogical practices, and are ready to advance the twenty-first-century classroom.

With inquiry at its core, Mason’s Elementary Education Program relies on a Professional Development School (PDS model). Because of strong partnerships with local PK–6 schools in multiple Northern Virginia districts, ELED students are immersed in elementary classroom settings throughout their teacher preparation programs. PDS partnerships are at the heart of our work in the Elementary Education program as they:

  1. Provide high quality learning opportunities with exemplary mentor teachers who know our program well.
  2. Explicitly connect course content to field experience activities.
  3. Ensure Mason faculty and school-based mentors and administrators are working together in ongoing, mutually beneficial relationships.


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