Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

As an early childhood educator, you help students learn and develop in ways that will serve them for the rest of their lives!

The BSEd program is pending approval by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). The university cannot accept applications until SCHEV approval has been granted.

This bachelor’s degree provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong cross-disciplinary foundation as well as specialized knowledge to work with culturally, linguistically, ability, and socioeconomically diverse young children, families, and other professionals. The courses in the major ensure that students engage in a well-rounded, cohesive program of studies that prepares them to be high-quality early childhood educators. Students may select one of the optional teacher licensure concentrations (i.e., Early Childhood Special Education, Early/Primary Education PreK-3, Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK-3) or a non-licensure sequence to fulfill the requirements for the BSEd in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners.

Mason Core (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6) (ENGH 302 Advanced Composition is recommended)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology and computing (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3) (MATH 106 Quantitative Reasoning is recommended)
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization/World History (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)
  • Global understanding (3) (GGS 101 Major World Regions is recommended course)
  • Natural science (8) (Two lab sciences in different disciplines are recommended)
  • Writing intensive (fulfilled by major requirements)
  • Synthesis/Capstone (fulfilled by major requirements)

Program Core Requirements (33 credits)

Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure) (ECLC)More Less

Electives (37 credits)

Select an additional 37 credits from any courses. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements.

Concentration in Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Licensure) (EPEL)More Less

Course Requirements (15 credits)

Electives (34 credits)

Select an additional 34 credits from any courses. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements.

Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Dual Licensure) (EEDL)More Less