School of Education - George Mason University

The Virginia Department of Education supports a free online resource for students to meet the Virginia State and Local Civics Content Area Requirement (Endorsement). Please read below to see how this may benefit you.

If you are enrolled in or applying to an Early Childhood PK-3 licensure program, you do not need to take a Virginia Government course. However, you must take the Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. (If you have already taken the VA Government/Civics course and had it approved by the Content Area Review advisor, you do not need to take the module.)

If you are enrolled in or applying to a History/Social Science licensure program, there are two options to meet the Virginia Government/Civics Content Area Requirement (Endorsement) for these programs:

  • Option 1: Take the specific VA Government course suggested (Govt 304 at Mason or PLS 136 at NVCC) and NO online module OR
  • Option 2: Take any approved Civics/American Government course and take the free online Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. Students that choose this option may contact the Content Area Advisor to see if a Government course on a previous transcript may qualify instead of taking a new class. Please be advised, the content of this course must be related to Civics.