School of Education - George Mason University

Note: as of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

This certificate is designed for elementary and secondary education teachers. Coursework provides knowledge and skills for working with students with disabilities, and meets Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requirements for teachers endorsed in elementary education (such as early/primary education preK-3 or elementary education preK-6) or in English, history and social sciences, mathematics, biology, chemistry, Earth science, or physics to add a grade level endorsement in special education: general curriculum.

Certificate Requirements

* Note: Students seeking to add an endorsement to an elementary license must take EDSE 627 Assessment. All others must take EDSE 544 Adapted Instructional Methods and Transition for Secondary Learners.

Total Credits: 16

Master's Option

The certificate coursework can apply toward a Master's in Special Education or Master’s in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning with a Special Education concentration. Students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree with the certificate should apply to the Master’s program and consult an advisor.

Delivery Format

The majority of coursework is offered in a face-to-face format at the Fairfax campus.

Tuition Assistance and Grant Funding

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.