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School of Education - George Mason University

MEd Special Education, K-12 Adapted Curriculum Licensure Concentration

Provides professional educators an opportunity to develop teaching strategies and curriculum to enable students with disabilities to access an adapted curriculum and address areas of functional and independent living skills.

The 42-credit MEd in Special Education with concentration in K-12 Adapted Curriculum Licensure provides students the opportunity to focus on individuals with severe disabilities. Students will learn to develop teaching strategies and curricula that enable individuals with severe disabilities to access an adapted curriculum and address areas of functional and independent living skills.

Program Format

The program is offered in online synchronous and asynchronous format. Internships and field experiences occur in the Northern Virginia area.

Tuition Assistance and Grant Funding

Adapted Curriculum Consortium: The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Special Education Adapted Curriculum: Supporting Students with Severe Disabilities and Autism is comprised of six state approved teacher preparation programs in adapted curriculum prepares teachers across the state to be highly skilled at working with learners with severe disabilities and/or autism. The consortium is designed to increase the number of fully endorsed teachers by providing training to new full-time preservice personnel and to accelerate the training for those already teaching on provisional licenses. The Consortium is supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Education and every semester awards a limited number of tuition stipends to qualified applicants. For more information, contact Marci Kinas Jerome.

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.

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.

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.