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.

The demand for early childhood care and education programs continues to increase not only in response to the growing demand for out-of-home child care but also in recognition of the critical importance of educational experiences during the early years.

This 33-credit certificate offers required coursework for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Special Education. Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived based on prior coursework. Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to graduate with the Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Certificate. Students enrolled in this program must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure) Graduate Certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page at

The Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure) Graduate Certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Early Childhood Special Education Licensure Graduate Certificate Degree Requirements

All SPEC teacher candidates will complete 6 credits of internship. The internship requirements may be fulfilled by completing EITHER:


Field Experience

Field experience may be required throughout the program.


Two internships are required for teacher licensure. One preschool and one infant/toddler internship are typically required. On-the-job internships are also available. Application deadlines are February 15 for fall and summer placements; September 15 for spring placement. Internship applications are available as is additional information about the Early Childhood Special Education Program

Total: 33 credits

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