Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum Certificate (SDAC)
This certificate offers the required coursework for K-12 teacher licensure in Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum. There are no pre-requisites in the coursework, but students are strongly encouraged to completed EDSE 501 Introduction to Special Education in their first semester.
15-36 credits — Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework in a university program prior to admission to the certificate, may request that courses in the certificate program be waived based on completion of the content in prior coursework. Students waiving coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to be eligible for the certificate.
Courses offered in fall, spring and summer:
- EDSE 501: Introduction to Special Education (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 790: Internship in Special Education (1-6 credit hours) (Students meet the internship requirement by completing two 3-credit internships, one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level. Students who meet internship waiver eligibility requirements may be able to waive of one of the two internship experiences.)
Fall course offerings:
- EDSE 532: Positive Behavior Supports (3 credit hours) (OR)
- EDSE 502: Classroom Management and Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours) (This course is offered spring, summer and fall and is an alternative to EDSE 532 but is not eligible for tuition benefits as part of the Severe Disabilities Consortium.)
- EDSE 533: Curriculum and Assessment in Severe Disabilities (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 669: Interdisciplinary Approach for Children with Sensory and Motor Disabilities (3 credit hours)
Spring course offerings:
- EDSE 661: Curriculum and Methods: Severe Disabilities (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 662: Consultation and Collaboration (3 credit hours) (Fall and summer sections are offered but are not part of the Severe Disabilities Consortium)
- EDSE 534: Communication and Severe Disabilities (3 credit hours)
Summer course offerings:
- EDSE 547: Medical and Developmental Risk Factors for Children with Disabilities (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 531: Transition and Community-Based Instruction (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 557: Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
- Official, passing VDOE Required Entry Assessment scores (Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis I pre-December 31, 2013 or qualifying substitute) are required prior to the time of application for internship and for application to Mason's state-approved licensure certificate programs.
- Official, passing Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) *scores are required at the time of application for internship. A total test score of at least 470 is passing.
- Prior to graduation or submission for teacher licensure students must demonstrate evidence of either: a) passing the Praxis II Elementary Education Content Knowledge Exam, or b) successful completion of an approved Praxis II Elementary Preparation course.
- Evidence of Emergency First Aid, CPR and Use of AED Certification or Training at the time of application for internship.
*Students completing Virginia licensure programs are eligible for an exemption from VCLA if the Special Education licensure area they are pursuing will not be their initial teacher licensure in Virginia. Students exempt for this reason must provide documentation of this exemption. (Holding a VA License is not an approved exemption for meeting the Praxis II requirement or the VDOE Required Entry Assessment.)
Students who are completing the Master's in Special Education in conjunction with their licensure program will need to complete the following courses to meet the MEd course requirements. The courses can be taken at any point in a student's program. Click here for a chart showing overlap in coursework of the licensure and MEd. The MEd courses can be taken at any point in a student's program.
- EDSE 517: Computer Applications for Special Populations (3 credit hours)
- EDSE 590: Special Education Research (3 credit hours)
Tuition Assistance and Grant Funding
Severe Disabilities Consortium: The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Severe Disabilities is comprised of five state approved teacher preparation programs for endorsement in teaching students with disabilities who access an adapted curriculum. The consortium's primary goal is to prepare teachers across the state to be highly skilled at working with learners with severe disabilities. The consortium is supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Education and the US Department of Education. Every semester, a limited number of tuition stipends are awarded to qualified applicants.
LIFE Graduate Assistantships: The Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) Program is an innovative post-secondary program at Mason for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. Graduate students with a major in special education have an opportunity to work as instructors in the LIFE program which provides them with field experience in a supportive, supervised setting.
Cohort program: The Special Education program works collaboratively with a number of Northern Virginia school divisions to offer special education certificates and degree programs to school employees using a cohort model. This model provides convenience to the students and forms a better link between academia and school realities. Additional benefits of the cohort model include tuition discounts, classes located in the students' school divisions and course scheduling in alignment with school division calendars.
Graduate Research Assistantships: Part time positions are available for students interested in providing research support to faculty.
George Mason University College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All licensure programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education. George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student’s responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law a social security number is required for licensure.