School of Education - George Mason University

Elementary Education PK-6

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Reflective. Responsive. Ready.

If you have creativity, a love of learning, patience, and a desire to positively impact the lives of children, you can have a rewarding career as an elementary teacher.

Mason’s Elementary Education Program prepares students to be reflective teachers who are responsive to their students' diverse needs and ready to advance the 21st Century classroom.

With inquiry at its core, the Mason Elementary Education Professional Development School (PDS) Program relies upon strong partnerships with local PK-6 schools in our PDS Network to ensure that teacher candidates are immersed in classroom settings with elementary students throughout their teacher preparation program. Graduates of the program learn to recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.

Program Options

Mason offers both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Elementary Education along with a bachelor’s to accelerated master’s (BAM) option. Each of these initial licensure programs are aligned with the college’s five core values of collaboration, ethical leadership, innovation, research-based practice, and social justice.

  • BSEd in Elementary Education: This program, launched in Fall 2019, allows students the chance to obtain licensure with completion of a bachelor’s degree. This is new in the state of Virginia which previously required a master’s degree for licensure.
  • Bachelor’s to Accelerated Master’s (BAM): Qualified Mason undergraduates in any major may apply to this program during their junior year, allowing them to complete a bachelor’s degree and the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within five years.
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education Concentration: This 39-credit hour program is designed to be completed as a cohort where students may choose to start in the fall, spring, or summer and complete either a year-long or a semester-long internship.


Prospective graduate and BAM students can find important information about admission criteria and application deadlines on the CEHD Admissions website. The BAM application process is slightly different than the process for regular graduate applicants; additional information for prospective BAM students can be found here.

Undergraduates must first receive admission to the university as a pre-Elementary Education student. After completing required Mason Core and specific education courses, students will then apply to the major. Students who meet the admission criteria will complete the last two years of the BSEd program as a cohort.

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