Special Education: General (K-12)
As general education classrooms become more inclusive, teaching strategies for providing access to the general curriculum are applied to ensure that students with disabilities are actively involved and progress within the curriculum in these classrooms.
Special Education Graduate Certificate: General Curriculum (K-12) with MEd option
Provides coursework to obtain Virginia teacher licensure for teachers who wish to work with students with disabilities who access general academic curriculum in a public or private school setting.
- EDSE 501: Introduction to Special Education (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 502: Classroom Management and Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 503: Language Development and Reading (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 540: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 544: Adapted Instructional Methods and Transition for Secondary Learners (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 627: Assessment (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 628: Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 629: Secondary Curriculum and Strategies for Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 662: Consultation and Collaboration (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 783: Internship: Special Education in General Curriculum (6 credit hours) (Must complete two 3-credit internships: one elementary placement and one secondary placement.)
Total: 33 credits
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 certificate and MEd.
- EDSE 517: Computer Applications for Special Populations (3 credits)
- EDSE 590: Special Education Research (3 credits)
The program is a hybrid of face-to-face and online coursework. Cohort options are also available.
Cohort program: The Special Education program works collaboratively with a number of Northern Virginia school divisions to offer special education certificates and degree programs to school employees using a cohort model. Benefits include tuition discounts, convenient class locations, and modified schedules.
Graduate Research Assistantships: Part time positions are available for students interested in providing research support to faculty.
The K-12 Special Education-General (Mild Disabilities) programs are designed to provide students with background knowledge and skills for teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities. Students can complete a Bachelor’s degree or a minor in Mild 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 General concentration is a state-approved Virginia teacher licensure program and provides students with the coursework needed to submit for a full teaching license. Completing the Mild Disabilities minor partially fulfills requirements for teacher licensure in Virginia.
Mason Core (37 credits)
- Written Communication - ENGH 101 Composition is recommended course (3)
- 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)
- Western Civilization/World History (3)
- 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)
- EDUC 200: Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 302: Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours) OR PSYC 211: Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 201: Introduction to Special Education (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 251: Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 351: Technology Integration for Specialized Instruction (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 352: Assessment (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 353: Individualized Behavior Supports (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 354: Consultation and Collaboration (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 381: Exploratory Field Experience in Special Education (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 451: Transition and Self-Determination (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 452: Intersectionality and Disability (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 481: Internship: Professional Services (12 credit hours) OR EDSE 482: Internship: General (12 credit hours) OR EDSE 483: Internship: Adapted (Severe Disabilities) (12 credit hours) OR EDSE 484: Internship: Blindness and Visual Impairments (12 credit hours) *
Concentration in General K-12 Licensure (GLIC) (38 credits)
- EDSE 341: Language Acquisition and Reading Development (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 441: Instructional Strategies for Reading and Writing (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 443: Instructional Strategies for Math (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 445: Clinical Practice and Seminar I: General (2 credit hours)
- EDSE 446: Clinical Practice and Seminar 2: General (2 credit hours)
- EDSE 482: Internship: General (12 credit hours) (credits included in Major Requirements)
Electives (22 credits)
Select an additional 22 credits from any courses.
- EDSE 401: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
- EDSE 402: Classroom Management and Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
- EDSE 403: Language Development and Reading (3 credits)
- EDSE 428: Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum (3 credits)
- EDSE 440: Characteristics of Students with Disabilities Who Access the General Curriculum (3 credits)
Total: 15 credits
Students may request permission to take additional Special Education graduate courses for undergraduate credit or for reserve graduate credit.
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.
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.