School of Education - George Mason University

If you like kids, elementary school is a great place to interact with them. You can shape their minds, create innovative ways for them to learn, and help them grow to their fullest potential.

The M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education Concentration Program provides professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students attending today's elementary schools. The program includes Pre-Kindergarten-6th grade initial licensure and is situated Professional Development Schools (PDS) in the Mason Elementary Education PDS Network. Our PDS supports an inquiry stance and fosters critical thinking and problem-solving among elementary students, parents, in-service teachers, school/division administrators, pre-service teachers, and university/school faculty in the 21st century. This 39 credit hour program is aligned with the college’s five core values of collaboration, ethical leadership, innovation, research-based practice, and social justice. Students may choose from two routes with start dates in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. All programs are sequenced and follow a cohort model.

Professional Development Schools (PDS) Semester Long Internship Cohort

Semester Start: Begins every summer

Application Deadline: April 1st

Initial Licensure and MEd Program: 39 credits

Field Experiences - Almost all course work has associated field experience hours that must be completed during the school day in a George Mason partnership school (15-30 field hours per semester, except during internship semesters). These are to be completed in 10 three-hour blocks across the semester.

PDS Semester Long Internship Cohort Sample Sequence

Below is an example of a sample course sequence for the Semester Long Internship Cohort. Please see handbook provided at program orientation for your official course sequence and program of study.

Summer Term (day/evening classes)

Fall Term (late afternoon or evening classes)

Spring Term (late afternoon or evening classes)

Summer Term (day/evening classes)

Fall Term (late afternoon or evening classes)

Spring Term (five days a week/classes and internship work)


Select 3 additional credits of EDCI 790 or one course from the following:

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.

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.