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.

Elementary Education Degree Options

The Elementary Education Program provides options — a bachelor’s, master’s, and a bachelor’s/accelerated master’s — allowing you to choose the path that will work best for you.

BSEd in Elementary Education

Students are considered to be in pre-Elementary Education status while they complete Mason Core and selected education courses. After applying to the major and meeting the admission criteria, students spend their last two years in a cohort, taking elementary education courses full-time. See the 4-Year Plan for more details about course sequencing.

Transfer students can take advantage of the ADVANCE program to complete an AS in Social Science at Northern Virginia Community College and then finish the BSEd here at Mason.

Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's (BAM)

The BAM program allows students to obtain both a bachelor’s degree and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within five years (for students who attend full-time). Mason undergraduates can apply once they have completed between 75 and 90 credits. They may then take up to 12 graduate credits within their senior year (six credits can count toward their bachelor’s degree and the MEd; six credits will be applied toward the MEd only). If students earn at least a 3.00 in these classes, upon completion of the bachelor's degree, they only need to take an additional 27 credits to earn the MEd.

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Elementary Education

Students complete the master’s degree program by taking 39 credit hours that fulfill the state and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Elementary Education degree requirements. Students have several options when it comes to start date, length of the internship (one year or one semester), and length of the program:

Click here to see a comparison of the Elementary Education master’s programs.