School of Education - George Mason University

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.

Special Education Graduate Certificate: Adapted Curriculum (K-12) with MEd option

This certificate offers the required coursework for K-12 teacher licensure in Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum.

Certificate Requirements
Master's Option

Students who are completing the Master's in Special Education in conjunction with their licensure program will need to complete the following courses to meet the MEd course requirements. Click here for a chart showing overlap in coursework of the licensure and MEd.

Delivery 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 five state approved teacher preparation programs for endorsement in teaching students with disabilities who access an adapted curriculum. The consortium is supported by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education.

LIFE Graduate Assistantships: The Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) Program is an innovative post-secondary program at Mason. Students have an opportunity to work as instructors in the LIFE program which provides them with field experience in a supportive, supervised setting.

Graduate Research Assistantships: Part time positions are available for students interested in providing research support to faculty.

Undergraduate Studies

The K-12 Adapted (Severe Disabilities) undergraduate options provide students with knowledge and skills for teaching students with severe disabilities and autism. Students can complete a Bachelor’s degree, a minor in Severe Disabilities, start their graduate program as a student in the Accelerated Master’s program, or just take a few classes to begin to explore special education as a career option. The Bachelor’s in Special Education, K-12 Adapted concentration, is a state-approved Virginia teacher licensure program and provides students with the coursework needed to submit for a full Virginia teaching license. Completing the Severe Disabilities minor partially fulfills requirements for teacher licensure in Virginia.

Bachelor’s Requirements

Mason Core (37 credits)

Foundation Requirements:

  • Written Communication - ENGH 101 Composition is recommended course (3)
  • Oral Communication (3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3)
  • Information Technology and Computing (3)
    Exploration Requirements:
  • Arts (3)
  • Global Understanding (3)
  • Literature (3)
  • Natural Science (7)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
  • Western Civilization/World History (3)
    Integration Requirement:
  • Written Communication - ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (3)
  • Writing Intensive (fulfilled by major requirements)
  • Synthesis/Capstone (fulfilled by major requirements)

Special Education Core Requirements (45 credits)

Concentration in Adapted K-12 Licensure (ALIC) (38 credits)

Electives (19 credits)

Select an additional 19 credits from any courses.

Non-course Requirements

Severe Disabilities Minor Requirements

Total: 15 credits

Students may request permission to take additional Special Education graduate courses for undergraduate credit or for reserve graduate credit.

Accelerated Master’s

Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain either a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education within an accelerated time frame. The Accelerated Master’s program allows students to apply six 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 in order to start their MEd program with twelve graduate credits already completed.

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 five state approved teacher preparation programs for endorsement in teaching students with disabilities who access an adapted curriculum. Every semester, a limited number of tuition stipends are awarded to qualified applicants.

LIFE Assistantships: 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.