School of Education - George Mason University, TEACHERtrack@Mason

At George Mason University, teacher preparation programs can be majors, accelerated master’s programs, or traditional graduate programs. Not all options are available for every teaching area. Click on the titles below to learn about each track:

Undergraduate Major

Typically takes four years* to complete and students earn a bachelor’s degree. Students should select this track in their first year of college in order to meet all the requirements in four years.

Teaching Areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Fine Arts (Theater and Music only), Health and Physical Education, Special Education

Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's (BAM)

Typically takes five years* to complete and students earn a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Education. Students apply for and are accepted by the master’s program in their sophomore or junior year and then begin taking graduate courses during their junior or senior year. This option is only available to students completing their undergraduate degree at Mason.

Teaching Areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Fine Arts (Art only), Foreign Language and ESL/ESOL Education, Secondary Education, Special Education

Traditional Master's Degree or Graduate Certificate

Typically takes two years* to complete beyond completing a bachelor’s degree and students earn a Master of Education or Graduate Certificate. This is the best option for students who already have a bachelor’s degree or are in their senior year.

Teaching Areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Fine Arts, Foreign Language and ESL/ESOL Education, Secondary Education, Special Education

*Estimated timeframe assuming the student chooses this option early enough to complete the pre-requisite content area courses in sequence, applies to and is accepted by the educator preparation on schedule, and is a full-time student.