School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd - Concentration in Secondary Education Mathematics

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Mathematics teachers are inquisitive, analytical and logical. They possess a natural inclination for identifying similarities and differences in groups and are predisposed to solving problems. They are trained to follow procedures, break problems down into their component parts and arrive at exact answers.

Course Requirements


Students select six credits from a range of courses, with options offered fall, spring, and summer semesters. Review the comprehensive selection of SEED electives; options evolve every year in response to the needs of SEED students. Advisor approval is needed for elective choices.

Field Experience

Clinical experiences in public schools will be required throughout the program (a maximum of 15-30 clock hours per course or 45 clock hours per term). Arrangements will be made at the beginning of each term.

Internship Options

A 6-credit 16-week daytime internship is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program.

Two options are available to meet the needs of most individuals:

  • Student teaching internship: A one-term daytime internship in the classroom of a mentor teacher. Teacher candidate assumes co teaching and independent teaching responsibilities.
  • On-the-job internship: Available only to students who are employed as full-time provisionally licensed teachers and teaching in their endorsement area in an accredited middle or secondary school and want to complete a master's degree. In lieu of an internship, provisionally licensed teachers may choose to use their full-time teaching to satisfy the experience requirement for a full license; however, the 35-credit master's degree requires that 6 credits of approved coursework be substituted for the internship.
  • 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.

    Total Credits: 35