MEd Transformative Teaching Concentration
The Transformative Teaching program at George Mason University is no longer admitting students. Information about other Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction can be found here.
This 30-credit online program provides experienced educators with the skills needed to:
- continually identify and rethink the routines and assumptions that shape their work
- critically reflect upon and improve their practices with the support of a learning community of peers and faculty
- design thoughtful and constructive responses to the obstacles that inhibit teaching and learning
- commit to careers as educators
- be leaders in their schools, professional organizations, and communities as anti-racist, civically-engaged advocates for educators and students
Who Should Apply?
This concentration is designed for working educators who want to further develop their social justice-oriented teaching and leadership skills by reflecting upon their teaching practices and creating empowering learning environments. It is also a rewarding option for gaining professional development credits.
Why Choose Transformative Teaching?
- The online format allows teachers from across the country to connect in deep collaboration while continuing to work full time.
- The program's cohort model means students work with a fixed group of educators and faculty throughout the entire program.
- A strong sense of community is developed during the week-long online course held each summer.
- Developing solutions for educational equity and access as part of the program's social justice focus imparts transformative leadership skills.
- The theories and pedagogies taught in the program empower educators to address students' dynamic needs in the context of mandated curricula and assessments.
- The accomplished faculty have extensive experience as teacher educators.
How Can I Get More Information about the Program?
To find out more about the program, you can contact a program coordinator or professor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703-993-2794.
Required Courses—Year One
- EDUC 647: Critical Reflective Practice (1 credit)
- EDUC 649: Critical Dialogue in Education (1 credit)
- EDUC 651: Critical Theories and Pedagogies (3 credits)
- EDUC 653: Technology and Learning (3 credits)
- EDUC 655: Teacher Research Methods (3 credits)
- EDUC 657: Teaching for Democracy and Social Justice (3 credits)
Required Courses—Year Two
- EDUC 659: Teacher Leadership (1 credit)
- EDUC 661: Teacher Empowerment and Policy (1 credit)
- EDUC 663: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (3 credits)
- EDUC 665: Teacher Inquiry in Practice I (3 credits)
- EDUC 667: Teacher Inquiry in Practice II (3 credits)
- EDUC 669: Teaching and Learning in Practice (3 credits)
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For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA resident and PK-12 VA educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD course fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total cost for Virginia residents per credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total cost for non-Virginia residents per credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA resident and PK-12 VA educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program** per credit||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate new student fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
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