BSEd Special Education, Blindness and Visual Impairments PK–12 Licensure Concentration
Being a special education teacher is an opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on the lives of children and youth with special needs—especially those with blindness and visual impairments, for whom there is a nationwide shortage of trained professionals.
This bachelor's degree concentration equips those who wish to work as special education teachers with the skills and content knowledge necessary to support the needs of individuals with blindness and visual impairments, including those who have multiple disabilities and diverse learner characteristics. Graduates are eligible for Virginia's initial teaching license in special education blindness and visual impairments PK–12.
Why Choose Mason?
- Students have multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experiences in a variety of K-12 school settings with support from both school- and university-based special education professionals. Experiences are embedded throughout coursework to ensure students are prepared to be an effective special education teacher, including field experience assignments aligned with coursework, supervised clinical practice placements and seminars, and culminating full-time student teaching internships. Students have opportunities to not only connect coursework to authentic school settings with feedback and coaching from experts, but they have opportunities to build a professional network in a variety of school settings in Northern Virginia.
- Our Special Education Program is nationally recognized.
- Mason is the alma mater of one-third of the teachers and one-half of the administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems.
- Experiences are embedded throughout coursework to ensure students are prepared to lead a classroom.
- Mason houses both Mason LIFE, a program providing a supportive academic environment for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. Our undergraduates can often be found working on projects done by these leading organizations, giving them valuable real-world experience.
Courses are offered in a primarily face-to-face format during the day at the Fairfax campus with some online and evening course options. Students spend their final semester in a full-day internship applying the knowledge and skills learned through their coursework to the classroom.
Tuition Assistance and Experience
Mason LIFE: The Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) Program is an innovative post-secondary program at Mason. Students focusing on special education have an opportunity to work as instructors, resident advisors and mentors in the LIFE program which provides them with field experience in a supportive, supervised setting.
The Accelerated Master’s pathway allows students to apply up to twelve credits, taken while an undergraduate, toward both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Additionally, students can take an additional six credits as reserve graduate credit. Students planning to pursue Virginia teacher licensure can declare a concentration in K-12 Adapted Curriculum or K-12 Special Education-General Curriculum and maximize their program by taking Accelerated Master’s courses that will also apply towards an additional teacher licensure endorsement.
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.
Mason Core (37 credits)
- Written Communication (3) - ENGH 101: Composition (3 credits) is recommended course
- Oral Communication (3)
- Quantitative Reasoning (3)
- Information Technology and Computing (3)
- Arts (3)
- Global Understanding (3)
- Literature (3)
- Natural Science (7)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
- Global History (3)
- Written Communication (3) - ENGH 302: Advanced Composition (3 credits)
- Writing Intensive (fulfilled by major requirements)
- Synthesis/Capstone (fulfilled by major requirements)
Special Education Core Requirements (45 credits)
- EDUC 200: Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools (3 credits)
- EDUC 302: Human Growth and Development (3 credits) OR PSYC 211: Lifespan Development (3 credits)
- EDSE 201: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
- EDSE 251: Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports (3 credits)
- EDSE 351: Technology Integration for Specialized Instruction (3 credits)
- EDSE 352: Assessment (3 credits)
- EDSE 353: Individualized Behavior Supports (3 credits)
- EDSE 354: Consultation and Collaboration (3 credits)
- EDSE 381: Exploratory Field Experience in Special Education (3 credits)
- EDSE 451: Transition and Self-Determination (3 credits)
- EDSE 452: Intersectionality and Disability (3 credits)
- EDSE 484: Internship: Blindness and Visual Impairments (12 credits)
BSEd in Special Education with Concentration in Blindness and Visual Impairments PK–12 Licensure (BVI) (26 credits)
- EDSE 311: Characteristics of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments (3 credits)
- EDSE 341: Language Acquisition and Reading and Writing Development (3 credits)
- EDSE 412: Braille Code (3 credits)
- EDSE 413: Medical and Educational Implications of Blindness and Visual Impairments (3 credits)
- EDSE 414: Orientation and Mobility for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments (2 credits)
- EDSE 417: Teaching Methods for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments (3 credits)
- EDSE 418: Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments (3 credits)
- EDSE 419: Braille Reading and Writing (3 credits)
- EDAT 422: Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments (3 credits)
Electives (12 credits)
Select an additional 12 credits from any courses.
- Emergency first-aid, CPR, and AED Certification
- Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary
- Praxis Braille Proficiency Assessment
- Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 1
- Regular Decision Deadline: January 15
- Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
- Spring Priority Deadline: October 1
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
Prospective Mason students can visit the How to Apply page for more information about submitting an application.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
|CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, RECR, and RMGT courses)
|$25.00 - $257.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$600.50 - $832.50|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$1,607.50 - $1,839.50|
|Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
|$360 | $285 for transfer students|
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $155.00
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.
To be successful in your program, it is important to remember that each student is responsible for knowing Mason’s rules, regulations, requirements, administrative policies and academic policies. Every student must meet with his advisor upon admission to the program to create a program of study. Even if students know which program/s they will pursue and their sequence of coursework, it is beneficial to discuss plans for internships, testing requirements, transfer options if applicable, etc. It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester to review degree progress and plan for future semesters. The University Catalog, your program advisors, and the staff in the Student and Academic Affairs Office are key resources to assist you as you work toward completion of your degree requirements.
|Crystal Trebing||Jancy Templeton|
|Undergraduates and Graduate students (non-cohort) with last names A-R
FCPS Special Education-General cohorts
PWCS Special Education-General cohorts
|Undergraduates and Graduate students (non-cohort) with last names S-Z
LCPS & FCPS Adapted cohorts
M, R 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
T 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
W, F 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Appointments available virtually or face-to-face.
M 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
T 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
W, F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
R 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appointments available virtually or face-to-face.
|Click HERE to schedule a meeting with Crystal Trebing.||Click HERE to schedule a meeting with Jancy Templeton.|
Schedule an Appointment
Current students may schedule or cancel appointments no less than 24 hours in advance. Advisor calendars are open two weeks in advance. If no appointments show as available with your assigned advisor, please check back in a day or two to see if new times have opened up. You can also e-mail general questions to your advisor.
Drop-in advising hours are available virtually through Blackboard or face-to-face in Finley 102. During these sessions, students receive one-on-one advising on a first-come, first-served basis. To access the virtual advising session please use the links below during the times listed:
Mondays: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sessions are cancelled when Mason is closed or if otherwise indicated.
Internships provide students with an opportunity to put into practice what they are learning in their courses and to receive coaching and feedback on that practice from experienced school- and university-based professionals. Students spend their final semester of the program in a full-day internship across two school settings (one elementary and one secondary). As a culminating requirement of the state-approved licensure program, students must successfully demonstrate the ability to meet all internship requirements in both school settings.
Arrangement and completion of internship is a multi-step process. Students must make a plan with their advisor for internship, apply in advance, complete test and CPR/First Aid/AED requirements where applicable, register for the internship course and fulfill internship requirements. Internship application deadlines, instructions for applying and internship manuals with details of internship responsibilities and requirements are available at Student Internship.
The BSEd in Special Education, when done with a licensure concentration, provides a route to meet the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requirements to earn a teaching license that corresponds to the concentration area. Once the BSEd with concentration has been awarded, the Mason licensure coordinator is available to assist students with submission of the VDOE teacher licensure packet.
Licensure requirements are state-specific. If you intend to seek licensure outside of Virginia, begin by consulting with the Department of Education of the state. You may also want to review the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement Facilitating Mobility of Educational Personnel. If a form is required by the state indicating your completion of a licensure program, or status in a licensure program, submit the form to the CEHD Licensure Specialist.
Current students should visit MyMason for important forms and documents.