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The M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education Concentration Program provides professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students attending today's elementary schools. The program includes Pre-Kindergarten-6th grade initial licensure and is situated Professional Development Schools (PDS) in the Mason Elementary Education PDS Network. Our PDS supports an inquiry stance and fosters critical thinking and problem-solving among elementary students, parents, in-service teachers, school/division administrators, pre-service teachers, and university/school faculty in the 21st century.

This 45 credit hour program is aligned with the college’s five core values of collaboration, ethical leadership, innovation, research-based practice, and social justice. Students may choose from two routes with start dates in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. All programs are sequenced and follow a cohort model. Click on the Elementary Education programs listed below to find out how to become an elementary school teacher.

The Elementary Education Program also offers a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Program. Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within an accelerated time frame.

Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series

The 2017 Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series highlights four colleges of education and their PK-12 partners providing effective clinical practice programs. It features George Mason University (VA), St. John’s University (NY), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and California State University Long Beach. In these segments, educator preparation faculty, teacher candidates, and graduates join PK-12 school administrators, mentor teachers, and students to share their perspectives on why and how to create a far-reaching learning community.

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The College of Education and Human Development at Virginia’s George Mason University (GMU) and its professional development school (PDS) partners have established leadership teams to plan robust and personalized training programs for teacher candidates. The teams at the university and school sites work together to engage interns in well-rounded experiences, such as by involving them in local school activities, to help fulfill their individualized professional development plans.


Sharon Plante Wins GMU Alumni Award

Congratulations to Sharon LePage Plante winner of a George Mason University 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education and Human Development. She speaks to GMU's graduating class on May 14. Read more...

The Elementary Education PDS program and Local Elementary Schools Win National Award

CEHD's Elementary Education program receives the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPD) Exemplary Professional Development School Award. Read more...

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