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.

Most experts agree that learning a second language is more important now than it’s ever been.

This 27-credit certificate is designed to provide an interdisciplinary, theory-based course of study for initial licensure candidates and provisionally licensed teachers.

It is intended to assist students in developing a reflective stance toward practice and to enhance their ability to address critical issues in language and learning. It also intends to advance their fundamental understanding about language, technology, pedagogy, and culture, as well as issues related to diversity in schools and in society at large.

This graduate certificate may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Certificate Requirements

Praxis Core or equivalent and demonstrated proficiency in the certificate language are prerequisites for admission. Students must earn a B or higher in all coursework.

Internship Options

A six-credit, 15-week daytime internship, EDCI 790, is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program. Both elementary and middle school or secondary school placements are required. Two options are available to meet the needs of most individuals:

  • Placement Internship: One semester, daytime internship in the classroom of a cooperating teacher. Intern assumes co-teaching and independent teaching responsibilities.
  • On-the-Job Internship: Available only to students who are employed as full-time foreign language teachers and are teaching the certificate language in an accredited school.

Total: 27 credits