Available Concentrations

Concentration in Advanced International Baccalaureate Studies

This 15-credit concentration provides advanced professional development for teachers on the philosophy, elements, and assessments of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). The coursework focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research under-girding the International Baccalaureate programs.

Concentration in Assistive Technology

This 15-credit concentration provides supplemental training for practitioners, families, and caregivers who use assistive technology while working with people with disabilities. The concentration is appropriate for general and special educators, related service personnel, adult service providers, and families and caregivers who need to apply assistive technology solutions within their specific discipline or school, work, home, or community setting.

Concentration in Early Childhood Education PK-3

This 33-credit hour concentration offers required coursework for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education PK-3. A grade of B- or better must be earned in all coursework.

The certificate with this concentration qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page.

Concentration in Gifted Child Education

This 21-credit hour concentration is designed for professionals who are interested in working with gifted children. Students completing this concentration fulfill the requirements for add-on endorsement in gifted education for currently-licensed teachers.

Concentration in International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure

This 27-credit hour concentration offers coursework leading to teacher licensure (Virginia) in Elementary Education PK-6. The concentration prepares educators for international teaching assignments. Additionally, this concentration prepares students who wish to teach in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools worldwide by integrating IB curriculum into the licensure coursework. Students completing the licensure requirements may take EDUC 621 Teaching and Learning in the International Baccalaureate Program as an additional course to become eligible for the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning through the IB. The coursework may be completed in the part-time evening program or during the summer intensive program.

Concentration in Secondary Education Licensure

This 23-credit hour concentration offers coursework towards teacher licensure (Virginia) to students enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs at Mason or those who already have a master's degree.

The certificate with this concentration qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page.

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For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

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Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15-33

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

Students pursuing this graduate certificate may choose from any of the following concentrations:

Concentration in Advanced International Baccalaureate Studies (AIBS)

Total credits: 15

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

Students must earn a B or higher in all coursework.

Coursework

EDUC 621Teaching and Learning in the International Baccalaureate Program3
EDUC 622Curriculum Development across IB Programs3
EDUC 623Models and Strategies for Teaching and Learning in IB Schools3
EDUC 624Assessment and Learning in IB Schools3
EDUC 626Inquiry into Action: IB Teachers, Learners, and Schools3
Total Credits15

Notes

Upon completion of this graduate certificate, teachers may apply to the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization for the IB certificate in teaching and learning. Students who also complete the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exception Learners or the concentration in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning may apply to the IB for the IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research.

Concentration in Assistive Technology (AT)

Total credits: 15

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

Coursework

EDAT 510Introduction to Assistive Technology3
EDAT 610Designing Adapted Environments3
Total Credits6

 Electives

Select nine credits from the following:9
Augmentative Communication
Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments
Accessibility and Input Modifications
Universal Design for Learning
Software and Mobile Applications for Individuals with Disabilities
Assistive Technology for Independent Living and Employment
Total Credits9

Concentration in Early Childhood Education PK-3 (EPK3)

Total credits: 33

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

Coursework

ECED 501Developmental Pathways of Diverse Learners, Birth-Adolescence3
ECED 502Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners3
ECED 503Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance3
ECED 504Engaging Families of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 511Assessment of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 512Language and Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Primary Grade Learners3
ECED 513Integrating Social Studies Across the Content Areas for Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 515Mathematics for Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 516Science for Diverse Young Learners3
Select one from the following:6
Internship with Diverse Preschool Children
and Internship in Kindergarten - Third Grade
Internship in Early Childhood Education Prekindergarten-Third Grade
Total Credits33

Concentration in Gifted Child Education (AGCE)

Total credits: 21

This concentration may only be pursued on a part-time basis.

Coursework

EDCI 621Introduction to Gifted and Talented Learners3
EDCI 622Curriculum Differentiation for Diverse Learners3
EDCI 623Models and Strategies for Teaching Gifted Learners3
EDCI 624Assessment, Identification, and Evaluation of Gifted Learners3
EDCI 625Contemporary Issues and Trends in Gifted Education3
EDCI 626Action Research in Gifted Education3
EDCI 627Advanced Practicum in Gifted Education 13
Total Credits21
1

One year of successful full-time teaching in an accredited public or non-public school may be accepted in lieu of the EDCI 627 Advanced Practicum in Gifted Education (VA Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, 1998).

Concentration in International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure (IEEL)

Total credits: 27

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

Coursework

EDRD 515Language and Literacy in Global Contexts3
EDUC 511Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts3
EDUC 512Teaching Elementary Social Studies in International Schools3
EDUC 513Teaching Elementary Math in International Schools3
EDUC 514Teaching Elementary Science in International Schools3
EDUC 516Language Across the Elementary International School Curriculum3
EDUC 520Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in International Schools3
Total Credits21

 Internship Options

EDCI 790Internship in Education 16
Total Credits6
1

A six-credit, 15-week daytime internship is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program.

 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 international elementary teachers and are teaching in an accredited international school.

Concentration in Secondary Education Licensure (SELC)

Total credits: 23

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

Students enrolled in this program must earn a B or higher in all coursework.

Coursework

Six credits of 6
Internship in Education
EDCI 791Internship Seminar in Secondary Teaching2
EDRD 619Literacy in Content Areas3
EDUC 522Foundations of Secondary Education3
EDUC 672Human Development and Learning: Secondary Education3
Total Credits17

 Curriculum and Methods Courses

Select one content course specific to your program from the following:3
Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School
Teaching English in the Secondary School
Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School
Teaching Science in the Secondary School
Total Credits3

 Advanced Curriculum and Methods Courses

Select one content course specific to your program from the following:3
Advanced Methods of Teaching Social Sciences in the Secondary School
Advanced Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School
Advanced Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School
Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in the Secondary School
Total Credits3