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.

Provides professional educators an opportunity to develop teaching strategies and curriculum to enable students with disabilities to access an adapted curriculum and address areas of functional and independent living skills.

Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum Graduate Certificate with MEd option

This certificate offers the required coursework for K-12 teacher licensure in Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum.

Certificate Requirements

Provides professional educators an opportunity to develop teaching strategies and curriculum to enable students with disabilities to access an adapted curriculum and address areas of functional and independent living skills.

Course Requirements

Total: 36 credits

Non-course Requirements

Master's Option

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. Click here for a chart showing overlap in coursework of the licensure and MEd.

Delivery Format

The program is a hybrid of face-to-face and online coursework. Cohort options are also available.

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 is supported by grants from the Virginia Department of Education and the US Department of Education.

LIFE Graduate Assistantships: The Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) Program is an innovative post-secondary program at Mason. Students 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. Benefits include tuition discounts, convenient class locations, and modified schedules.

Graduate Research Assistantships: Part time positions are available for students interested in providing research support to faculty.

Undergraduate Studies

The Severe Disabilities undergraduate coursework is designed to provide students with background knowledge in teaching students with severe disabilities and to allow students to begin coursework applicable to Virginia teacher licensure. Students can complete a minor in Severe Disabilities, start their graduate program as a student in the Accelerated Master’s program, or just take a few classes to begin to explore special education as a career option.

Minor Requirements

Total: 15 credits

Students may request permission to take additional Special Education graduate courses for undergraduate credit or for reserve graduate credit.

Accelerated Master’s

Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain either a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education within an accelerated time frame. The Accelerated Master’s program allows students to apply six credits, taken while an undergraduate, toward both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Additionally, students can take an additional six credits as reserve graduate credit in order to start their MEd program with twelve graduate credits already completed.

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. Every semester, a limited number of tuition stipends are awarded to qualified applicants.

LIFE Assistantships: The Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) Program is an innovative post-secondary program at Mason. Students focusing on special education have an opportunity to work as instructors, resident advisors and mentors in the LIFE program which provides them with field experience in a supportive, supervised setting.