Graduate School of Education
Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.
This degree is offered for those preparing for initial teacher licensure (see
descriptions under Graduate Initial Teacher Licensure Programs), and also in four
other concentrations for those who are licensed teachers or are experienced educators
or trainers. Those concentrations are as follows:
This degree program prepares professionals in a variety of roles to guide and
facilitate the learning of other adults in their own fields. The program includes
a 12-credit core (two 6-credit courses), which is offered in a weekend format
to a cohort of students at approximately three-week intervals over 10 months (September
to June). Students may enter the cohort in either September or February. The remaining
18 credits of course requirements, including 12 credits of individualized emphasis,
are taken at the student's own pace. Current students include staff developers,
adult literacy educators, park service employees, military and workplace trainers,
and health care professionals. For information, call the Office of Adult Learning
and Professional Development at (703) 993-3675 or consult the web site at gse.gmu.edu.
Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
This degree program develops teacher leaders who practice teaching skills aligned
with the five propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
and develops teacher expertise in an emphasis area of choice: alternative education,
early childhood education, history, instructional technology, literacy, mathematics,
and science. Emphasis areas in mathematics, science, and history are aligned with
the Virginia Standards of Learning. The program develops teacher leaders who practice
reflection through action research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry,
and develops teacher expertise in an emphasis that will identify the teacher as
a potential leader in that area. The 30-credit program includes a common core
of 12 credits and 18 credits in emphasis courses including restricted electives.
The program has three alternatives:
1. Educators without a master's degree may apply for the entire
30-credit degree program.
2. Educators with or without a master's degree who would like
advanced preparation in a particular field may apply for an 18-credit graduate
certificate in alternative education, early childhood education, history, instructional
technology, literacy (which leads to a Virginia reading specialist license), mathematics,
or science. See Graduate Certificate Programs for a description of these certificates.
3. Educators with or without a master's degree who would like
advanced preparation in teacher leadership or who are interested in applying for
certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards may apply
for a 12-credit graduate certificate in advanced studies in teaching and learning
consisting of the core courses. See Graduate Certificate Programs for a description
of this certificate.
This degree program provides professionals with the specialized knowledge and
skills needed to apply a wide range of computer and telecommunications technologies
in achieving educational goals within school, community, and corporate or public
settings. Three emphases serve the various needs and interests of specific types
of instructional technology clients: instructional design and development, integration
of technology in schools, and assistive/special education technology. All emphases
include internships, practica, or relevant projects. Required course work varies
from 36 to 40 credits. In addition, three graduate certificate programs in integration
of technology in schools, multimedia development, and assistive technology are
available for students who are interested in shorter, focused course sequences.
Students are admitted each term.
This 30-credit degree program prepares professionals to work with a diverse
population of individuals. It provides master's degree courses for licensed teachers.
It is not an initial teacher licensure program, but courses partially satisfy
the requirements for an add-on endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL)
PK12. Six credits of a foreign language are required. Students are admitted