Certificate in Specialized Reading Instruction for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities with MEd Option
Launching in Fall 2023, this 15-credit, non-licensure graduate certificate (with an option to complete a master's in special education in parallel) will enable educators to develop a deep level of knowledge in literacy development, assessment, and science-based instruction for students with difficulties in reading and writing.
According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), literacy instruction for students who experience severe difficulties requires considerable teacher knowledge and skill. The coursework and practica in reading, vocabulary, and writing assessment and instruction offered in the certificate follows the professional standards of the IDA for dyslexia specialists.
The certificate content has been scaffolded to prepare teachers to meet the unique needs of students who experience severe deficits in reading, vocabulary, and written language from K to grade 12. It fosters a deep level of knowledge in literacy development, assessment, and science-based instruction for students who require intensive instruction typically considered to be Tier II, Tier III, or special education instruction.
Coursework culminates in a practicum that provides a rich hands-on learning experience for candidates.
Students who wish to attain the master's in special education in conjunction with this certificate program complete an additional 15 credits of coursework. See the Courses tab below for detailed requirements. Students wishing to pursue the master's option should apply to the master's program and contact an advisor to add the certificate once enrolled.
- Study part-time, or as part of a full-time load in parallel with another program.
- Start in fall or spring semesters.
- Courses are offered mostly online, with a final practicum completed on location, usually in the Northern Virginia area.
Tuition Assistance and Grant Funding
- Virginia Educator Discount: A 15% discount off the university’s approved tuition rate is available for qualifying in-state graduate students who are educators in Virginia.
- Graduate Research Assistantships: Part-time positions are available for students interested in providing research support to faculty.
- 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.
- Students wishing to pursue the master's option should apply to the master's program and contact an advisor to add the certificate once enrolled.
- This program does not lead to teacher licensure.
Certificate Courses (15 credits)
- EDSE 562: Foundations of Literacy Development for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
- EDSE 563: Oral Language, Phonemic Awareness, and Phonology for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
- EDSE 564: Phonics and Word Recognition for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
- EDSE 565: Vocabulary, Text Comprehension & Written Expression for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
- EDSE 567: Practicum for Specialized Reading Instruction for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
Additional Master's Degree Courses (15 credits)
- EDSE 501: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
- EDSE 517: Computer Applications for Special Populations (3 credits)
- EDSE 590: Special Education Research (3 credits)
Language Development and Reading
Choose one from:
- EDSE 503: Language Development and Reading (3 credits)
- EDSE 557: Foundations of Language and Literacy for Individuals with Severe Disabilities (3 credits)
- EDSE 625: Applied Behavior Analysis: Verbal Behavior (3 credits)
- EDSE 636: Supporting Communication and Literacy for Individuals with Autism (3 credits)
Consultation and Collaboration
Choose one from:
- EDSE 637: Autism Across the Lifespan: Collaboration with Critical Partners (3 credits)
- EDSE 662: Consultation and Collaboration (3 credits)
- EDSE 663: Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities (3 credits)
- EDSE 664: Ethical and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 15
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 5
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: apply to the online option or apply to the on-campus/blended option. 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** per credit||$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.
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.|
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Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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