Elementary Education, BSEd
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Elementary school is where it all begins. A child’s first teachers are the people who will set the bar for learning.
This bachelor's degree provides teacher candidates with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students in grades PreK-6. The robust, well-rounded program of study includes general and content-specific methods courses designed to prepare reflective teachers who are responsive to students’ diverse needs and ready to advance the 21st Century classroom. A strong partnership with local PK-6 schools ensures that teacher candidates are immersed in classroom settings with elementary students throughout their teacher preparation program. Graduates recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.
Mason Core (37-38 credits)
- Written Communication (6) (ENGH 101 Composition and ENGH 302 Advanced Composition)
- Oral Communication (3) (COMM 100 Public Speaking is recommended)
- Information Technology (3)
- Quantitative Reasoning (3) (MATH 106 Quantitative Reasoning is recommended)
- Literature (3) (ELED 258 is recommended)
- Arts (3) (ARTH 101 Introduction to the Visual Arts is recommended)
- Western Civilization/World History (3)
- Social and Behavioral Science (3) (EDUC 200 is recommended)
- Global Understanding (3) (GGS 101 Major World Regions is recommended)
- Natural Science (7-8) (Two lab sciences in different disciplines are recommended)
Major Course Requirements (57 credits)
- ELED 242: Foundations of Elementary Education (3 credits)
- ELED 410: Emergent and Early Literacy (3 credits)
- ELED 421: STEM in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
- ELED 454: Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Integrating Fine Arts in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
- ELED 480: Practicum in Elementary Education (3 credits)
- ELED 490: Internship in Elementary Education (3 credits)
- EDUC 301: Educating Diverse and Exceptional Learners (3 credits)
- Elementary Ed Program Elective (choose one course):
- EDSE 241: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum (3 credits)
- EDSE 353: Individualized Behavior Supports (3 credits)
Students can select 25-26 credits of electives. They are encouraged to use these to fulfill endorsement requirements.
Total credits: 120
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George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a 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.