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 Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program is designed to prepare teachers to work with diverse students around the world.

The program combines coursework across multiple disciplines including English as Second Language, Foreign Language, Elementary Education, Special Education, and Advanced IB Studies but provides a path for new and experienced teachers to specialize in their area of interest. Students complete a core sequence of coursework together, then specialize in one of 7 add-on graduate certificate programs.

How it Works

The program is completed in two parts. You’ll begin coursework in the M.Ed. and will have two semesters to apply to a secondary certificate program to be completed in conjunction with the M.Ed. While the M.Ed. coursework provides the foundation of knowledge and advanced skills for diverse classrooms, the certificate allows you to focus and specialize with the type of student or curriculum of most interest to you.


steps to apply

Most secondary certificates lead to either a Virginia teaching license, additional subject certification, or other internationally recognized credential. Our programs are designed to support your goals no matter your career stage, so new teachers and experienced educators alike can gain valuable and in-demand skills for modern classrooms. You can add the secondary certificate at any point during your first two semesters in the M.Ed. program by working with your academic advisor to meet secondary certificate admissions requirements.

Core Courses for MEd: