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.

The International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure graduate certificate concentration is an option in the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners master’s program and 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:

Graduate Certificate

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).

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.