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.

Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners

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Interact and collaborate with teachers from around the world. Using research-based practices you will have hands-on experience to try out new pedagogical practices.

The Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program is designed to prepare teachers to work with diverse students around the world. Combining knowledge on language learners, special needs and gifted students, the program helps teachers provide differentiated, inquiry-focused instruction to all K-12 students. If you are interested in entering the field of education or have been a teacher for a number of years, the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners can provide you with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to support learning, differentiate student needs, and create better, more socially just classrooms around the world.

What You Learn

Students complete a core sequence of coursework together, then specialize in one of 7 add-on certificate programs. Most programs are between 30-33 credits, and include options for initial teacher licensure as well as advanced credentials in the following fields:

Initial Teacher Licensure Programs:

  • International ESOL Education (Pk-12)
  • International Elementary Education (Pk-6)
  • Foreign Language Education (Pk-12)

Graduate Certificate Programs:

  • ESOL for Practitioners (Pk-12)
  • ESL/Special Education (Pk-12)
  • International Special Education
  • Advanced International Baccalaureate Studies

Teaching in Diverse Classrooms

Culturally and linguistically diverse and exceptional learners have unique needs that require skilled educators to differentiate instruction, provide culturally appropriate resources and learning opportunities, collaborate with other professionals to support students’ learning, and advocate for learners & their families on a wide range of issues. The Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners program prepares educators with these skills, together, so that knowledge and experience can be shared across disciplines to support learners.

Teaching around the World

Our unique international cohort programs, formerly called FAST TRAIN programs, allow international school teachers or those wishing to pursue a career overseas the opportunity to live and work abroad while completing the M.Ed. and initial teacher licensure certificate programs. For 25 years, Mason has prepared international educators for careers around the world. Through our unique partnership with the U.S. State Department Office of Overseas Schools, you can join the over 1400 alumni teaching in over 40 overseas locations by completing one of our international certificate programs with the M.Ed. in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners.

Why Choose Us

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with teachers from around the world. In addition to the research-based practices you’ll gain in the program, you’ll have the opportunity to have hands-on experience to try out new pedagogical practices. These required “field experiences,” are in each course, allowing teachers to spend a minimum of 20 hours in K-12 schools focused on effectively teaching and engaging culturally and linguistically diverse and exceptional learners. You will learn how to work in cross-programmatic teams, co-teaching and planning strategies, problem solving and what it means to be an interculturally competent educator. With secondary certificates designed to provide licensure or other qualifications, graduates of the program will be prepared to work in diverse classrooms around the world.