Elementary Education Degree Options
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The Elementary Education Program provides options — a bachelor’s, master’s, and a bachelor’s/accelerated master’s (BAM) — allowing you to choose the path that will work best for you.
Students are considered to be in pre-Elementary Education status while they complete Mason Core and selected education courses. After applying to the major and meeting the admission criteria, students spend their last two years in a cohort, taking elementary education courses full-time. See the 4-Year Plan for more details about course sequencing.
Transfer students can take advantage of the ADVANCE program to complete an AS in Social Science at Northern Virginia Community College and then finish the BSEd here at Mason.
The BAM program allows students to obtain both a bachelor’s degree and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within five years (for students who attend full-time). Mason undergraduates can apply once they have completed between 75 and 90 credits. They may then take up to 12 graduate credits within their senior year (six credits can count toward their bachelor’s degree and the MEd; six credits will be applied toward the MEd only). If students earn at least a 3.00 in these classes, upon completion of the bachelor's degree, they only need to take an additional 27 credits to earn the MEd.
MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Elementary Education
Students complete the master’s degree program by taking 39 credit hours that fulfill the state and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Elementary Education degree requirements. Students have several options when it comes to start date, length of the internship (one year or one semester), and length of the program:
- Professional Development Schools (PDS) Year-Long Cohort (spring start, five semesters)
- PDS Year-Long Cohort (fall start, six semesters)
- PDS Semester-Long Cohort (summer start, six semesters)