School of Education - George Mason University

Being a teacher is all about effective communication, verbal and nonverbal. If you are a creative communicator, being an elementary school teacher is a rewarding outlet.

The MEd 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 within Professional Development Schools (PDS) in the Mason Elementary Education PDS Network. Our PDS Network 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. 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 start dates in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. All programs are sequenced and follow a cohort model.

Professional Development Schools (PDS) Year Long Internship Cohort

Semester Start: Begins every spring

Application Deadline: October 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 PDS network school (30-45 field hours per semester, except during internship semesters). These are typically completed in 10 three-hour blocks across the semester.

PDS Year-Long Internship Cohort (Spring Start) Sample Sequence

Below is an example of a sample course sequence for the Year Long Internship Cohort. Exact sequencing is subject to change; students must follow guidance from the program regarding course scheduling for their cohort.

Spring Term (day or evening classes)

Summer Term (day classes beginning in mid-May)

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

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