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Mason undergraduates are eligible to apply to this bachelor's/accelerated master's program, which allows them to obtain both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree within an accelerated time frame. The program also offers the advantage of paying undergraduate tuition rates for graduate classes taken while finishing the bachelor’s degree, with some graduate classes able to count towards both degrees.

This concentration prepares new educators for Virginia licensure in English as a second language for grades PK–12. Students will learn current, asset-based approaches for instructing and assessing bilingual and multilingual children.

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Eligible students must have a minimum of 60 credits hours earned to apply for the Bachelor’s Accelerated Master’s (BAM) program, and must have a minimum of 75 credit hours to begin the BAM. Participating BAM students may take a maximum of 18 credits of graduate coursework with 12 credits/18 credits counting toward both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees.

Fieldwork Requirement

Most licensure courses require 15 hours of fieldwork for each course. Also, please be sure to visit this page for important information about teacher licensure in Virginia.

Licensure Disclosure

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.