School of Education - George Mason University

Being a special education teacher is an opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on the lives of children and youth with special needs.

The Special Education Division offers initial teacher licensure programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. Undergraduates can complete a Virginia teacher licensure program through the Bachelor’s in Special Education concentrations, or get a head start on teacher licensure coursework by completing undergraduate courses and minors or by participating in the the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s program. Graduate certificates provide initial teacher licensure programs for those who may have experience working in schools, as well as for those new to the teaching profession. Pathways are available for teacher licensure for working with children who access an adapted curriculum, children who access general curriculum within special education, and children with visual impairments. Licensure curricula are based on the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and meet teacher preparation requirements of the Virginia Department of Education.

 Tahera Sumar Student
Student Insights

Tahera Sumar, Student, MEd in Special Education & Spec Educ-General Curriculum Certificate

"The feeling of helplessness when my intellectually and emotionally challenged students could not progress because of lack of diagnosis and intervention drew me to the program. To a prospective student, I would say that special education is a great program. It is instant gratification with a smile."