School of Education - George Mason University

FCPS will be invoiced for this course.  Only full-time FCPS instructional employees are eligible to participate.  For further course details and information regarding the enrollment process, please contact Tuition Benefits (

NOTE: regarding method of instruction – This class will be taught solely online utilizing Blackboard with no face-to-face classroom instruction. Use of your George Mason University e-mail account and the Blackboard site are mandatory. You will need to complete the initial set-up instructions to access George Mason IT services, e-mail, and Blackboard: Important Information for New Online-Only EDSE Students.

You must complete the set-up instructions as soon as the system will allow you, however, it may take several business days after you have been registered before you may be able to perform this set-up. Students may start the course any time after the published start date and may complete the course at their own pace any time before the published end date.  A minimum of 30 days is strongly recommended to successfully complete the coursework.

Should you experience any technical difficulties, please contact the IT Services help desk directly at 703-993-8870.  Should you need help navigating Blackboard, please visit the course support website.

NOTE: regarding refunds & drops – Cohort Refund and Drop policies apply for this course. Due to the on-demand nature of the course, the “posted first class meeting” will be determined by the date of registration. This date will be communicated to each student individually via email upon enrollment in the course. A minimum of 30 days is strongly recommended to successfully complete course work.  Please contact with questions.

Fall 2020 Course Information:

Course: EDSE 501 (Introduction to Special Education), section 6S1
Dates: August 24 - December 14 (last day to submit documents is November 2)
Times: all online
Instructor: Dr. Larry Riccio (

Hallahan, Kauffman & Pullen. Exceptional learners: An introduction to special education. (14th ed.). Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-480693-8. ISBN is for print version.