School of Education - George Mason University

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.

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 certificate and MEd.

Delivery Format

The program is a hybrid of face-to-face and online coursework. Cohort options are also available.

Tuition Assistance and Grant Funding

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.

Undergraduate Studies

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.

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 General K-12 Licensure (GLIC) (28 credits)

Electives (22 credits)

Select an additional 22 credits from any courses.

Non-course Requirements

Advising Guide (General)

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

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.

Alumni experience at Mason

Student Insights

Kudi Giwa-Lawal, Graduate, MEd in Special Education

"The special education program at Mason provided a great foundation for my career in special education and disAbility research. I gained extensive knowledge about the field and acquired skills necessary for meeting the educational needs of individuals with special needs. The opportunities to engage in research activities with the faculty enrich my experiences in effectively applying my knowledge and skills."