Available Concentrations

Concentration in Secondary Education – Biology (6-12)

This 27-credit concentration is available only to students pursuing a BA or BS in Biology. Students who complete both the BA or BS in Biology and this concentration will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Biology.

 Concentration in Secondary Education – Chemistry (6-12)

This 27-credit concentration is available only to students pursuing a BA or BS in Chemistry. Students who complete both the BA or BS in Chemistry and this concentration will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Chemistry.

Concentration in Secondary Education – Earth Science (6-12)

This 27 to 34 credit concentration is available only to students pursuing a BS in Earth Science. Students who complete both the BS in Earth Science and this concentration will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Earth Science.

Concentration in Secondary Education – English (6-12)

This 38-credit concentration is available only to students pursuing a BA in English. Students who complete both the BA in English and this concentration will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) English.

Concentration in Secondary Education – Mathematics (6-12)

This 38-credit concentration is available only to students pursuing a BA or BS in Mathematics. Students who complete both the BA or BS in Mathematics and this concentration will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Mathematics.

Concentration in Secondary Education – Physics (6-12)

This 26-credit concentration is available only to students pursuing a BS in Physics. Students who complete both the BS in Physics and this concentration will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Physics.

Admissions

Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must have satisfied the following requirements:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment
  • an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework
    (note: a minimum grade of C (2.00) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason).

See website for more information on the admissions process.

Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements, pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.00) or better in all licensure coursework.

Banner Code: E1-CERB-CRIN

Certificate Requirements 

Total credits: 26-38

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 Secondary Education – Biology (6-12) (SEEB)

Total credits: 27

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major either for the BA or BS in Biology.

Human Anatomy/Physiology
BIOL 430Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
or BIOL 431 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Total Credits4

Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 473Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
EDCI 483Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23

Concentration in Secondary Education – Chemistry (6-12) (SEEC)

Total credits: 27

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major either for the BA or BS in Chemistry.

Inorganic Chemistry
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Properties and Bonding of Inorganic Compounds
Inorganic Preparations and Techniques
Bioinorganic Chemistry
The Chemistry of Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions
Total Credits4

 Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 473Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
EDCI 483Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23

Concentration in Secondary Education – Earth Science (6-12) (SEES)

Total credits: 27-34

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework for BS in Earth Sciences students

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major, with a total of 32 credits from the four fields of Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Meteorology.

Astronomy
Select four credits from the following:4
Astronomy (Mason Core) 1
Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy Lab: The Solar System (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy Lab: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core)
Finding New Worlds (Mason Core)
Total Credits4
1

This course must also be paired with either of the following labs: ASTR 112 Introductory Astronomy Lab: The Solar System (Mason Core) or ASTR 114 Introductory Astronomy Lab: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core).

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework for BA in Geology students

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major, with a total of 32 credits from the four fields of Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Meteorology.

GEOL 309Introduction to Oceanography3
Meteorology/Climatology
Select three to four credits from the following:3-4
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science (Mason Core)
and Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science Lab (Mason Core)
Meteorology and Climate
Astronomy
Select three to four credits from the following:3-4
Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System (Mason Core)
and Introductory Astronomy Lab: The Solar System (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core)
and Introductory Astronomy Lab: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core)
Finding New Worlds (Mason Core)
Astronomy (Mason Core)
Total Credits9-11

 Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 473Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
EDCI 483Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23

Concentration in Secondary Education – English (6-12) (SEEN)

Total credits: 38

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the English major.

Literature

Select one American literature course from the following:3
Folklore and Folklife
Early American Literature
Literature of the American Renaissance
Development of the American Novel to 1914
Development of the American Novel since 1914
American Drama of the 20th Century
American Poetry of the 20th Century
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
African American Literature Through 1946
Contemporary African American Literature
Recent American Fiction
Recent American Poetry
Topics: American Literary Periods
Select one British literature course from the following:3
Literature of the Middle Ages
English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century
Shakespeare
Shakespeare: Special Topics
English Renaissance Drama
English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century
Augustan Age: 1660-1745
Age of Sensibility: 1745-1800
Restoration and 18th Century Drama
British Novel of the 18th Century
British Poetry of the Romantic Period
Prose and Poetry of the Victorian Period
British Novel of the 19th Century
British Poetry after 1900
British Novel after 1900
British and Irish Drama after 1900
Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Chaucer
Topics: British Literary Periods
Select one world literature course from the following:3
Continental Fiction, 1770-1880
Continental Fiction, 1880-1950
Global Voices (Mason Core)
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)
World Literatures in English
Total Credits9

Language

LING 306General Linguistics (Mason Core)3
LING 307English Grammar3
or ENGH 307 English Grammar
Total Credits6

 Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 469Teaching English in Secondary School3
EDCI 479Advanced Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23

Concentration in Secondary Education – Mathematics (6-12) (SEEM)

Total credits: 38

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Mathematics Coursework

All other discipline-specific content competencies coursework should be satisfied with the core requirements of the BA or BS in Mathematics, with the exception of Discrete Math for the BS degree.

Abstract Algebra
MATH 321Abstract Algebra3
Calculus
MATH 315Advanced Calculus I3
or MATH 316 Advanced Calculus II
Discrete Mathematics
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)3
or MATH 325 Discrete Mathematics II
Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry
MATH 302Foundations of Geometry3
Probability or Statistics
Select one from the following:3
Probability
Statistics
Advanced Mathematical Statistics in Actuarial Sciences
Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
Introductory Statistics II
Total Credits15

 Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 372Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School3
EDCI 472Advanced Methods for Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23

Concentration in Secondary Education – Physics (6-12) (SEEP)

Total credits: 26

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major.

Three credits of3
Topics in Physics
Total Credits3

 Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 473Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
EDCI 483Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23