International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure Graduate Certificate with IB Certificate Option
Teaching in international schools offers educators the opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultures and teach diverse learners in global contexts.
The International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure graduate certificate is an option in the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners master’s program. It is also a standalone graduate certificate. Both options prepare new educators for international teaching assignments and allow 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
- Coursework is primarily online with one five-week summer residency at Mason’s Fairfax, Virginia campus near Washington, DC
- Mason meets rigorous CAEP Accreditation Standards that ensure teachers are well prepared for success in the classroom
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 secondary certificate in International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure is a 36 credit hour degree program with 11 classes. This is a blended program, with eight courses offered online. Three courses (EDUC 512, 513, 514) are offered on-campus during the first summer semester during an intensive five-week period. Those who start in the spring and take three courses per semester complete the program in two years.
Core Courses for MEd:
- EDUC 511: Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts (3 credit hours)
- EDRD 515: Language and Literacy in Global Contexts (3 credit hours) (Students must declare a secondary certificate by second semester in the master's degree program.)
- EDCI 776: Consultation and Collaboration in Diverse K-12 Settings (3 credit hours) (Taken after secondary certificate coursework)
- EDCI 777: Research to Practice (3 credit hours) (Last course in M.Ed. program)
The standalone graduate certificate coursework is 27 credit hours with eight classes, and may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. You might consider this program if you already have a master’s degree and would only like to pursue licensure in Elementary Education PK-6 licensure (Virginia).
- EDUC 513: Teaching Elementary Math in International Schools (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 514: Teaching Elementary Science in International Schools (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 520: Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in International Schools (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 511: Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts (3 credit hours) (Included in MEd Core/Required for certificate only option.)
- EDRD 515: Language and Literacy in Global Contexts (3 credit hours) (Included in MEd Core/Required for certificate only option.)
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.