School of Education - George Mason University

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Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program (BAM) and obtain both a bachelor's degree and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within an accelerated time frame. Students meeting the qualifications listed below may be admitted to this program following completion of 90 undergraduate credits. They may then take 12 graduate credits within their senior year (i.e., six credits can count toward requirements of both the bachelor's degree and the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction; six credits will be completed as reserve graduate credit toward the MEd only). If students earn at least a 3.00 in these classes, they are granted advanced standing in the master's program and, upon completion of the bachelor's degree, will then take the remaining courses to earn the master's degree..

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Students may apply for acceptance to the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program if the following requirements are met:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.00
  • An official CEHD Content Area (Endorsement) Review must be completed and reflect that the student is within nine (9) credits of fulfilling the Elementary Education Pk-6 endorsement requirements. Visit the Online Content Area Review page in order to complete the endorsement review.

Application Procedures:

  1. Visit the Accelerated Master's admissions webpage for a step-by-step guide to applying and access the online application.
  2. The recommendation field within the online application is your undergraduate academic advisor. This will serve as the official signature from your undergraduate academic advisor approving your eligibility into the program.
  3. Complete the application and submit. Once you submit your application, you can upload any supplementary materials such as recommendations, resume, goals statement and endorsement worksheets.
  4. After applications are reviewed, applicants meeting the admissions criteria will be invited for an interview with program faculty. The interview is a required portion of the application process.

If accepted and having completed at least 120 credits and all requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree (any)/Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education and filing the Graduation Intent Form, students are awarded a bachelor's degree and admitted to the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education program. Accelerated master's students must then fulfill all Elementary Education Pk-6 endorsement requirements and submit their official passing scores for the required licensure exams: Praxis Subject Assessment for Elementary Education, Virginia Communication and Literary Assessment (VCLA), and Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) prior to internship application deadline.



Bachelor’s Degree (any)/Curriculum and Instruction, Accelerated MEd (Elementary Education Concentration) (PDS Year-long Internship Cohort)

Semester/Year

Level

Courses

Fall Senior
Year (UG)
UG/GR 1*
Fall Senior
Year (UG)
UG/GR 1*
Spring Senior
Year (UG)
Reserve 2**
Spring Senior
Year (UG)
Reserve 2**
Summer Master's Semester 1
Summer Master's
Semester 1

Summer

Master's
Semester 2

Fall

Master's
Semester 2

Fall

Master's
Semester 2

Fall

Master's
Semester 2

Spring

Master's
Semester 3

Spring

Master's
Semester 3

*Course counts for both the Bachelor’s Degree (any)/Curriculum and Instruction and MEd degree.
**Course is taken for Reserve Graduate Credit, and will only apply to the MEd degree.

Licensure Disclosure

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.