MEd Elementary Education Concentration
This master's degree program provides a robust, well-rounded curriculum that includes general and content-specific teaching methods courses and leads to initial licensure in elementary education.
Strong partnerships with local elementary schools ensure that teacher candidates are immersed in classroom settings with elementary students throughout the program. Graduates will be able to recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests, and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.
More Information about the Program
- Graduates of this program earn their initial teaching license upon graduation, enabling them to teach grades PK–6 in the state of Virginia.
- Graduates gain hands-on experience and make a difference through Mason’s local partner schools.
- The Mason Elementary PDS Network is comprised of elementary schools in Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, and Manassas Park. In a PDS partnership, the elementary school and the teacher preparation program take joint responsibility for:
- teacher preparation
- faculty development
- enhanced student learning
- inquiry directed at the improvement of practice
Our Cohort Model
Students in this program progress through the graduate curriculum as a cohort, completing the ELED courses in a specific sequence. Students have the option of starting in the fall, spring, or summer semester. If enrollment numbers permit, we offer both a daytime and an evening cohort option for fall admits. This Cohort Comparison Chart shows the sequencing of courses for the three different cohort start terms.
The majority of the ELED courses will meet once per week on Mason’s Fairfax campus or will be blended with a mix of on-campus and online instruction. Occasionally, a class may be scheduled to take place in one of our PDS Network schools. Courses will require 15 hours of observation in the field, enabling students to be immersed in a classroom setting throughout their time in the program. Students will be assigned to a specific school and classroom teacher in our PDS Network for completion of these field hours.
Elementary education students engage in a year-long (YL) or semester-long (SL) internship experience (student teaching). Students who do the SL internship must complete an additional 3-credit elective to earn the required 39 credits to graduate. Just like with field work, internship placements are made by the program in a PDS Network school.
On rare occasions, a student will obtain a job as a lead teacher prior to finishing the program. In this case, a student would complete a semester-long, on-the-job (OTJ) internship in lieu of traditional student teaching.
George Mason University will verify completion of the 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.
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.
- ELED 542: Foundations of Elementary Education (3 credits)
- ELED 543: Children, Family, Culture, and Schools, ages 4-12 Years (3 credits)
- ELED 544: Introduction to Elementary Methods and Management (3 credits)
- ELED 555: Literacy Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Classrooms I (3 credits)
- ELED 545: Differentiating Elementary Methods and Management (3 credits)
- ELED 553: Science Methods for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
- ELED 552: Mathematics Methods for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
- ELED 554: Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Integrating Fine Arts in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
- ELED 556: Literacy Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Classrooms II (3 credits)
- ELED 559: Research and Assessment in Elementary Education (3 credits)
- ELED 790: Internship in Elementary Education (6-9 credits) (SL interns complete 6 credits; YL interns complete 9 credits.)
- Elective (SL interns only; 3 credits)
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 21
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 6
Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 15
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below. Please review the FAQ page for more information.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
Admission to graduate programs at George Mason University is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic backgrounds, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. Faculty admissions review is a holistic review of requirements as well as the applicant’s potential academic and professional success upon completion of the program.
At a minimum all admitted students must have:
- An earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the graduate admissions policy for more information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, and/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study when evaluating the GPA requirement.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
You should communicate with your academic advisor at least once per semester to ensure that you are on track to successfully complete your program and that you are aware of university resources that can aid in your success.
Elementary Education Academic Advisor
Thompson Hall, Suite 1400
To make the most of your time with your advisor, please prepare for your appointment ahead of time. Here are some tips on how to do that:
- Plan ahead: Schedule your appointment prior to your registration time ticket so you have a plan ready and know which courses you should take next when it’s time to register.
- Make a list of questions: Review your degree evaluation in Patriot Web. Review your program plan which you received at orientation, and write down any questions you have before coming to the appointment.
- Be informed: Review the program information available to you in the ELED Blackboard organization site. Read all emails from your advisor; you are responsible for knowing the information that is shared. If you are interested in doing anything outside of the ordinary (e.g. taking a class somewhere other than Mason, withdrawing from a class, repeating a course), review relevant academic policies. The best source for policy information is the University Catalog. CEHD has also created both an undergraduate and a graduate policy page that contains some of the policies most frequently encountered by students.
Schedule an Appointment
Elementary Education advising is available both in-person and virtually. To schedule an advising appointment, please use the Navigate Mason scheduling system.
- Click the image above, and you will be redirected to another page where you will enter your Mason NetID and password.
- Follow the prompts and select the type of advising service you want.
- Select the date and time that works for you.
School of Education
4400 University Drive, MS 4B3
Thompson Hall, 1800
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Phone: (703) 993-3696
Fax: (703) 993-2013