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School of Education - George Mason University

Teaching in international schools offers educators the opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultures and teach diverse learners in global contexts.

100% online coursework beginning Fall 2020

The International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure concentration is an option in the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners master’s program which prepares new educators for international teaching assignments and allows them to apply for Elementary Education PK-6 licensure (Virginia). Educators can also take one additional course and become eligible for the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

Why choose this program?

  • Faculty has extensive international teaching experience.
  • Fieldwork and internship at accredited international schools provide hands-on teaching experience.
  • Program focuses on teaching diverse learners in global contexts, promoting international-mindedness through an inquiry-led approach.
  • Master’s program plus licensure requirement can be completed in two years
  • 100% online coursework
  • Mason meets rigorous CAEP Accreditation Standards that ensure teachers are well prepared for success in the classroom.
  • George Mason University has been preparing educators to teach in international environments since 1990. Formerly called FAST TRAIN (Foreign Affairs Spouses Teacher TRAINing Program), Mason continues to offer high quality, convenient, and experience-driven graduate education to international educators worldwide.

Who should apply:

Individuals interested in teaching PK-6 world-wide. Innovative, creative and curious candidates will have an opportunity to teach in accredited international schools.

Master’s Program Details

The TCLDEL master’s program with a concentration in International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure is a 36 credit hour degree program with 11 classes.

Core Courses for MEd:

Total Credits: 36

Note: Students must earn grades of B or higher in all coursework.

IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning

Educators may opt to take an additional online course, EDUC 621, after which they may apply to the International Baccalaureate Organization for the IB certificate in Teaching and Learning.

Our History & Mission

In 1990, the Virginia Department of Education entered into a unique partnership with George Mason University and the U.S. Department of State to provide highly trained, licensed teachers in critical shortage areas in K-12 schools overseas. This initiative, formerly called FAST TRAIN Programs, combines the talents of George Mason University’s faculty with the exceptional requirements and standards for Virginia State’s teacher license, FAST TRAIN has prepared over 1,400 teachers in the past 25 years who not only teach U.S. citizens living overseas but who often return to use their culturally enriched experiences and professional talents to instruct our children in Virginia and other states.

Our goal is to develop internationally minded teachers who demonstrate expertise, commitment and understanding by providing quality, effective teacher education programs. We embrace best practices and diversity and prepare teachers for the challenges in global learning communities. We strive to provide a supportive, exceptional learning experience to help teachers earn the credentials they need to succeed in international schools around the world.

Licensure Disclosure

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.

George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.