Graduate School of Education
The Graduate School of Education is committed to excellence, innovation, and collaboration in research and in the preparation of professionals for the highest levels of practice and service in diverse schools, organizations, and communities.
The Graduate School of Education (GSE), advantageously located in the National Capital Region, provides leadership in transforming schools, organizations, and communities through research, teaching, and collaboration. GSE faculty prepare scholars and practitioners through multidisciplinary programs of study that facilitate the understanding, integration, and application of knowledge. Through research activities, faculty and students expand and refine the knowledge base for teaching and learning. In response to the richness and complexity of a pluralistic society, GSE infuses diversity into its academic programs and research. Faculty develop and support knowledgeable, caring, and reflective professionals who facilitate excellence and equity for all learners. GSE students and faculty demonstrate their growth and development in ways meaningful to their communities and professional organizations. Innovative programs and the integration of technology provide the opportunity for students to develop, examine, evaluate, and practice professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
The Graduate School of Education also encompasses degree programs under the Department of Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources. See the Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources (HFRR) section in this chapter.
Jeffrey Gorrell, Dean
Martin E. Ford, Senior Associate Dean
Mark B. Goor, Associate Dean
Joan Isenberg, Associate Dean
Jan Mulvaney, Coordinator of Field Relations
David K. Wiggins, Chair, Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources
Professors: Behrmann, Bemak, Brozo, Earley, Ford, Galluzzo, Goor, Gorrell, Isenberg, Kelly, Martin, Mastropieri, Mellander (dean emeritus), Norton, Scruggs, Shaklee, White, M. Williams
Associate professors: Bannan-Ritland, Burns, Chung, Dabbagh, DeMulder, Dimitrov, Duck, Dunklee, Dzama, Engelhard, Haley, Hanrahan, Kitsantas, Maxwell, McDonald, Moyer-Packenham, Osterling, Pierce, Razeghi, Samaras, Sanchez, Sprague, Sterling, Sturtevant, C. Thomas, Thorp, Upperman
Assistant professors: Berger, Brazer, Castle, Clark, Constantino, Cozart, Dunlap, Fox, Gagnon, Generett, Gordon, Gosnell, Groth, Hicks, Jackman, Kaffenberger, Kalbfleisch, Kayler, Kidd, McCarron, Mirochnik, Murphy, Shockley, Strawn, Talleyrand, Varrella, Weller, K. Williams
Instructor: Pixley, Warrick
Administrative faculty: Deppe, Fontana, Ford, Foulk, Ganley, George, Goor, Gorrell, Isenberg, Landeros, Levy, Mulvaney, Neuber, Reynolds, Rioux-Bailey, Rochelle, Shahrokhi, Sharp, Spencer, Walker, Wiley
Research faculty: Wang
GSE programs offer all course work designated EDAE, EDAL, EDCD, EDCI, EDEP, EDIT, EDLE, EDRD, EDRS, EDSE, EDUC, EDUT, IETT, and MNPE.
For information about undergraduate initial teacher licensure for the music education programs in the instrumental or vocal/choral emphasis, contact the Music Department at 703-993-3778; for the art education program, contact the Art and Visual Technology Department at 703-993-8898; for the dance education program, contact the Dance Department at 703-993-1114; and for the health and physical education program, contact the Department of Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources (HFRR) at 703-993-2060. See the HFRR section in this chapter.
Information about graduate initial teacher licensure (with an option for an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, English as a second language, foreign languages or for an MEd in Special Education) is available in the Application for Graduate Study and in program brochures available in the GSE Admissions Office (Robinson Hall A, Room 308). More specific information is available at information sessions, "Think You Want to be a Teacher?" Call 703-993-2010 for dates and times or consult the web site at gse.gmu.edu/programs/infosessions.htm. All admissions information and materials are available online at http://gse.gmu.edu.
Information about master of education degree programs (MEd in Counseling and Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Education Leadership, and Special Education) and graduate certificate programs can be obtained in the GSE Admissions Office in Robinson Hall A, Room 308, at 703-993-2010. Information about the MA in New Professional Studies: Teaching can be obtained from the Initiatives in Educational Transformation office at 703-993-8320. For information about the adult education concentration in the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, contact the Office of Adult Learning and Professional Development at 703-993-3675.
Information about the doctoral program is available in the PhD in Education Program Office at 703-993-2011.
Generally, the application deadlines are April 1 for fall, November 1 for spring, and March 1 for summer. Some programs have different application deadlines. Consult the Application for Graduate Study or the web site at http://gse.gmu.edu, or contact the GSE Admissions Office in Robinson Hall A, Room 308, at 703-993-2010 for specifics.
Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs
Undergraduate Special Education Minors
These 15-credit minors in special education provide undergraduate students with background knowledge in special education in one of four specializations: Emotional Disturbance/Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Severe Disabilities, or Early Childhood Special Education. Completion of these minors will partially fulfill requirements for licensure in special education in Virginia.
For other undergraduate minors, see the Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources section in this chapter.
Professional Teacher Licensure
The Graduate School of Education is responsible for professional courses, special standards, and licensure recommendation for students desiring to complete requirements for licensure programs approved by the state and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to prepare teachers, administrators, counselors, and related instructional personnel.
Praxis exams pass rates for Mason's teacher education program completers can be found at http://gse.gmu.edu.
Undergraduate Initial Teacher Licensure Programs
Art Education (PK-12)
Pending approval, this teacher licensure program is available in the Art and Visual Technology Department. 703-993-8898.
Dance Education (PK-12)
This teacher licensure program is available in the Dance Department. 703-993-1114.
Health and Physical Education (PK-12)
This teacher licensure program is available in the Department of Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources. For information, refer to the department's section in this chapter or call 703-993-2060.
Music Education (PK-12)
Teacher licensure programs are available in instrumental or vocal/choral music education. Contact the Music Department at 703-993-3778.
Graduate Initial Teacher Licensure Programs
For more information on these programs and for the dates and times of "Think You Want to Be a Teacher?" information sessions, call 703-993-2010, or consult the web site at http://gse.gmu.edu. For FAST TRAIN information, call 703-993-3689 or consult the web site.
Early Childhood Education (Unified Transformative Early Education Model—UTEEM)
This 63-credit triple-licensure program leads to an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to work with culturally, linguistically, and ability-diverse young children and their families in schools and diverse community settings. Students completing this program are licensed in early childhood education (PK-3), English as a second language (PK-12), and early childhood special education (birth-age 5). Participation requires a full-time, primarily daytime commitment for one summer and two academic years of integrated study and ongoing practice as an intern in diverse school and community settings. Specific content/endorsement courses are required. Students are admitted for the fall term.
Elementary Education (PK-6)
This licensure program with an optional MEd in Curriculum and Instruction prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to teach children in grades prekindergarten through six. The program has a licensure component of 32 credits and requires an additional 15 credits for completion of the MEd Specific content/endorsement courses are required. There are full-time and part-time program options; both require a student teaching internship. Full-time students are admitted for the spring term; part-time students are admitted for the fall term.
English as a Second Language (PK-12)
This licensure program with an optional MEd in Curriculum and Instruction prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to teach culturally and linguistically diverse populations in grades prekindergarten through twelve. The program has a licensure component of 27 credits and requires an additional 15 credits for completion of the MEd. Internship experiences at the elementary and middle or secondary levels are required. Students whose first language is not English are required to pass an oral and written proficiency assessment in English. Six credits of a foreign language are required. Students are admitted each term. There is a graduate certificate licensure program that offers required course work for teacher licensure to students currently enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs at Mason.
FAST TRAIN (Elementary PK-6)
FAST TRAIN is an alternative teacher licensure program that prepares educators for international teaching assignments. The curriculum for licensure in elementary education PK-6 consists of six required education courses offered over one year. Upon successful completion of course work and passing scores on the Praxis exams, participants receive a Statement of Eligibility. After completion of an internship requirement overseas, either one term of student teaching or one year of full-time teaching in an international school abroad, students can receive the elementary PK-6 Virginia license. The program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, though either schedule requires a year of enrollment. FAST TRAIN courses are applicable to an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in multilingual/multicultural education.
Foreign Language or Latin (PK-12)
This licensure program with an optional MEd in Curriculum and Instruction prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to teach specific foreign languages (Spanish, German, French, Russian, or Japanese) or Latin to students in grades prekindergarten through twelve. The program has a licensure component of 27 credits and requires an additional 15 credits for completion of the MEd. Internship experiences at the elementary and middle or secondary levels are required. A language proficiency test is required. Students are admitted each term. There is a graduate certificate licensure program that offers required course work for teacher licensure to students currently enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs at Mason.
Secondary Education (6-12)
This licensure program with an optional MEd in Curriculum and Instruction prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to teach adolescents in grades six through twelve. The program is structured to meet the needs of aspiring educators, career changers, and provisionally licensed teachers with a 15-credit licensure component plus a 6-credit internship, and an additional 12 credits for completion of the MEd. Three different internship options are available to meet the needs of most individuals. Specific licensure areas include biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history/social science, mathematics, and physics. Specific content/endorsement courses are required in these areas. Add-on endorsements are available in speech communication, English as a second language, and Algebra I. Students are admitted each term.
There is a graduate certificate licensure program that offers the required course work for teacher licensure to students currently enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs at Mason.
The Career Switcher program prepares experienced professionals for licensure as secondary school teachers with endorsements in biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history/social science, mathematics, or physics. Successful applicants must have at least five years of work experience, passing Praxis I and II test scores, and have completed all required endorsement courses. The program consists of six months of course work and fieldwork, followed by a closely mentored year of full time, paid classroom teaching.
This teacher licensure program offers required course work through five graduate certificate programs that vary from 15-36 credits depending on the endorsement area and prior course work. It prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to teach children with special needs. The endorsement areas are: Early Childhood Special Education; Emotional Disturbance/Learning Disabilities; Learning Disabilities/Emotional Disturbance/Mental Retardation; Mental Retardation; and Severe Disabilities. Individuals who are seeking both licensure and a master's degree must apply to a graduate certificate program and to the Special Education MEd program.
Graduate Degree Programs
For more information about these programs, call 703-993-2010 or consult the web site at http://gse.gmu.edu.
Counseling and Development, MEd
This program prepares students for careers as licensed school counselors (45 credits) or counselors in community agencies (52 credits). The program emphasizes the integration of theory and practice and culminates in an internship in an appropriate setting. Degree applicants must have an undergraduate degree and at least 1,000 hours of counseling-related experiences. Those with a master's degree in education or a related profession who are seeking licensure either as a school counselor or a professional counselor may apply to the post-master's in counseling licensure graduate certificate program. A graduate certificate is also available in school counseling leadership. See Graduate Certificate Programs for a description of these certificates. Students are admitted for fall and spring terms.
Curriculum and Instruction, MEd
This degree is offered for those preparing for initial teacher licensure (see descriptions under Graduate Initial Teacher Licensure Programs), and also in five other concentrations. 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 http://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, or 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:
This 30-36 credit degree program offers professionals and students the opportunity to: (a) apply principles of learning, cognition, and motivation to vital problems in the area of education; (b) develop a solid understanding of research, assessment, and evaluation methodologies; and (c) develop an analytical and scholarly approach to critically assessing theoretical perspectives, research, and practice within and across content domains. Specializations are offered in three tracks: Learning, Cognition, and Motivation; Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing; and Teacher Preparation (students in this track must also apply separately to an appropriate graduate certificate program). Students are admitted each term.
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. Four emphases serve the various needs and interests of specific types of instructional technology clients: instructional design and development, integration of technology in schools, technology innovations in education, 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. See Graduate Certificate Programs for a description of the courses. 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) PK-12. Six credits of a foreign language are required. Students are admitted each term.
Education Leadership, MEd
This degree program prepares candidates for leadership, managerial, and supervisory roles in a variety of educational settings in the public and private sectors. Experienced teachers who complete this program are eligible for Virginia licensure in administration and supervision PK-12. The program includes a 21-credit administration and supervision PK-12 licensure component, including a 3-credit internship for individuals who hold a master's degree, and requires an additional 9 credits for those who do not hold a master's degree. Students are admitted in fall and spring terms. Programs are also available in the mathematics or science education leadership concentration for those who desire to be specialists in the teaching of mathematics (K-8) or science (K-12).
New Professional Studies: Teaching, MA
A teaching track of the New Professional Studies program is offered to teams of experienced teachers. Participants follow a two-year, three-summer integrated program of school-based research linked to a subject specialization.
Students complete 30 credits of course work. During the first year, they complete a research project in their own classrooms. In the second year, they complete a team research project that spans classrooms. Teams are expected to meet weekly and are asked to journal and participate in web-based discussions tied to classroom work. Reflective practice, classroom research, and a focus on student learning equip teachers to begin the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification process.
Specific information about required course work is available from the Initiatives in Educational Transformation administrative office at the Prince William Campus, Manassas, VA 20110. Call 703-993-8320, or send email to email@example.com.
Special Education, MEd
This 30-credit degree program leads to a master of education degree for professionals who already hold a special education teacher license or who are interested in working in a special education context outside the classroom. Students may also earn a master's degree by completing licensure course work with additional master's course work. Students are admitted each term.
The PhD in Education provides advanced professional education for experienced educational practitioners pursuing or planning careers in educational settings. The PhD requires a minimum of 85 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree or a minimum of 55 credits beyond the master's degree. A limited number of graduate credits taken previously may be applied to the program. However, an individual's total program typically requires 10 more credits than those minimum requirements, depending on the person's goals, program requirements, and previous preparation. With the guidance of faculty, students develop individual programs of study in concert with their goals, program requirements, and self-assessed skills and knowledge. Each student's program must include study in a professional field such as education administration, instructional technology, special education, curriculum, instruction, bilingual education, counseling and development, early childhood education, or literacy. The specific nature of courses is determined by the student in conjunction with a faculty doctoral advising committee upon completing two semesters in the PhD program. Students also complete a minor area of study consisting of 12 credits.
To complete the PhD program, each student must demonstrate competence in oral and written English; computer literacy; mastery of the knowledge and skills in the area of professional expertise; and the ability to apply general and specific knowledge and skills to significant educational problems. Students demonstrate these competencies by successfully completing courses and seminars, by completing a doctoral portfolio, and by preparing and orally defending a doctoral dissertation. Students have five years from the time they enroll in their first class to complete all course work and the doctoral portfolio. Five additional years, starting with the date on which students are advanced to candidacy, are allowed to complete the dissertation.
Candidates are admitted to study by GSE. Admission is highly selective. Applicants must fulfill the following program admission requirements:
For further information about admission and program requirements, contact the PhD in Education Program Office at 703-993-2011. Completed applications must be submitted to the GSE Graduate Admissions Office by February 1 for admission for the following summer or fall, or by September1 for admission for the following spring.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Certificate in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
This 12-credit certificate includes a common core of courses aligned with the standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This certificate offers advanced preparation for instructional leadership and is designed to prepare teachers to apply for national board certification.
Certificate in Alternative Education
This 18-credit certificate is designed for professionals who are interested in or are currently working in alternative education settings. It offers the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with at-risk students, their families, and involved agencies.
Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
This 15-credit certificate is designed to increase the professional training of individuals responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring behavioral treatment programs in schools and in agencies such as psychiatric hospitals and training centers for people with mental retardation.
Certificate in Assistive Technology
This 15-credit certificate provides supplemental training for practitioners, families, and caregivers who use assistive technology with people with disabilities with whom they work. The certificate is appropriate for general and special educators, related service personnel (OT, PT, SLP, etc.), adult service providers, and families and caregivers who work with those with disabilities and need to apply assistive technology solutions within their specific discipline or school, work, home, or community setting.
Certificate in Early Childhood Education
This 18-credit certificate is designed for early childhood professionals who work in various roles with young children and their families. It focuses on the practice and the study of early childhood education and is based on the Early Childhood Generalist Standards for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education Licensure
This 15-36 credit certificate offers the required course work for teacher licensure in early childhood special education.
Certificate in Emotional Disturbance/Learning Disabilities Licensure
This 15-30 credit certificate offers the required course work for teacher licensure in emotional disturbance/learning disabilities.
Certificate in English as a Second Language Licensure
This 15-21 credit certificate offers the course work for teacher licensure to students currently enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs at Mason or who already hold a master's degree.
Certificate in Gifted Child Education
This 18- to 21-credit certificate program is designed for professionals who are interested in working with gifted children. It offers the course work for an add-on endorsement in gifted education for currently licensed teachers.
Certificate in Foreign Language Licensure
This 15-21 credit graduate certificate offers the course work for teacher licensure to students currently enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs at Mason.
Certificate in History
This 18-credit certificate is designed for PK-12 classroom teachers who wish to gain depth in history content to become building leaders in their discipline.
Certificate in Instructional Technology
This 18-credit certificate is designed for PK-12 classroom teachers who wish to gain depth in instructional technology content to become building leaders in their discipline.
Certificate in Integration of Technology in Schools
This 12-credit certificate is offered to teachers who wish to gain the necessary knowledge and skills for integrating technology into the K-12 curriculum and is designed tofulfill the state-mandated technology competencies for teachers.
Certificate in International School Counseling
This 15-credit certificate is designed for current international school counselors and teachers who are in the role of counselors in their schools.
Certificate in Learning Disabilities/Emotional Disturbance/ Mental Retardation Licensure
This 15-36 credit certificate offers the required course work for teacher licensure in learning disabilities/emotional disturbance/mental retardation.
Certificate in Literacy
This 18-credit certificate is designed for teachers who have a master's degree and are seeking a Virginia reading specialist license. Training is provided in the areas of literacy foundations from birth to adulthood and literacy assessments for groups and individuals. An advanced seminar focuses on literacy program supervision, staff development, and research-based inquiry.
Certificate in Mathematics
This 18-credit certificate is designed for PK-12 classroom teachers who wish to gain depth in math content to become building leaders in their discipline.
Certificate in Mental Retardation Licensure
This 15-33 credit certificate offers the required course work for teacher licensure in mental retardation.
Certificate in Multimedia Development
This 15-credit certificate is offered to those who would like to learn the technology associated with multimedia development. This program provides students with an introduction to the design and development of educational and training products and with training on current and timely technology products.
Certificate in Post-Master's Counseling Licensure
This 15-credit certificate offers courses toward school counseling and community agency counseling licensure for post-master's degree students.
Certificate in School Counseling Leadership
This 15-credit certificate provides comprehensive training to middle and high school counselors for leadership and administrative roles in secondary counseling programs.
Certificate in Science
This 18-credit certificate provides course work in the area of science related to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Students are prepared to be lead teachers on either of two levels: K-6 or 6-12.
Certificate in Secondary Education Licensure
This 15-21 credit certificate offers the course work for teacher licensure to students currently enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs at Mason or who already have a master's degree.
Certificate in Severe Disabilities Licensure
This 15-33 credit certificate offers the required course work for teacher licensure in severe disabilities.