Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

This bachelor’s degree provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong cross-disciplinary foundation as well as specialized knowledge to work with culturally, linguistically, ability, and socioeconomically diverse young children, families, and other professionals. The courses in the major ensure that students engage in a well-rounded, cohesive program of studies that prepares them to be high-quality early childhood educators. Students may select one of the optional teacher licensure concentrations (i.e., Early Childhood Special Education, Early/Primary Education PreK-3, Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK-3) or a non-licensure sequence to fulfill the requirements for the BSEd in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners.

Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Admissions

Students entering as freshmen with an interest in majoring in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners will initially be accepted into the Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, BSEd, without concentration. 

Four-Year Students

To declare a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure), students must successfully complete a minimum of 45 credits and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.50. They must submit passing scores for Commonwealth of Virginia mandated tests for the licensure area. 

To declare a concentration in Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Licensure) or Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Dual Licensure), students must successfully complete a minimum of 45 credits and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.50. They must submit passing scores for all Commonwealth of Virginia mandated tests for the licensure area and must be within nine credits of completing content endorsement coursework. Students may complete the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) test after admission to the concentration and successful completion of ECED 412.

Degree-Seeking Transfer Students

Transfer students can declare a concentration by having earned a minimum of 45 credits from their previous institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or by completing 12 credits at Mason with a minimum of a 2.50 GPA.

To declare a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure), students must submit passing scores for Commonwealth of Virginia mandated tests for the licensure area. 

To declare a concentration in Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Licensure) or Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Dual Licensure), students submit passing scores for Commonwealth of Virginia mandated tests for the licensure area and be within nine credits of completing content endorsement coursework. Students may complete the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) test after admission to the concentration and successful completion of ECED 412.

Policies

All coursework in the major requires a grade of B- or better for licensure.

Banner Code: E1-BSED-ECDL

Note: As of catalog publication in April, the program described below has been approved by the Board of Visitors and sent to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for consideration as a new degree program. The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements:
Written Communication3
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Quantitative Reasoning (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Information Technology and Computing3
Exploration Requirements:
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Major World Regions (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Literature3
Natural Science8
Two lab sciences in different disciplines (recommended)
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Integration Reguirement:
Written Communication3
Advanced Composition (Mason Core)
Writing Intensive (fulfilled by major requirements)
Synthesis/Capstone (fulfilled by major requirements)
Total Credits38

Program Core Requirements

ECED 201Introduction to Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners3
ECED 401Developmental Pathways of Diverse Learners, Birth-Adolescence3
ECED 402Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Learners3
ECED 403Inclusive Curriculum for Young Learners: Planning Instruction and Guidance3
ECED 404Engaging Families of Diverse Learners, Birth – Grade 63
ECED 411Assessment of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 490Internship in Early Childhood Education (12 credits are required)3-6
ECED 491Seminar in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners3
Total Credits33

BSEd without Concentration 

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education
Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners
Language and Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Primary Grade Learners
Integrating Social Studies Across the Content Areas for Diverse Young Learners
Mathematics for Diverse Young Learners
Science for Diverse Young Learners
Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers
Early Intervention for Infants Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative Consultative Approaches
Total Credits12

Electives

Select an additional 37 credits from any courses.37
Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements
Total Credits37

Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure) (ECLC)

ECED 405Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education3
ECED 406Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 422Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers3
ECED 423Early Intervention for Infants Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative Consultative Approaches3
Total Credits12

Electives

Select an additional 37 credits from any courses.37
Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements
Total Credits37

Concentration in Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Licensure) (EPEL)

ECED 412Language and Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Primary Grade Learners3
ECED 413Integrating Social Studies Across the Content Areas for Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 415Mathematics for Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 416Science for Diverse Young Learners3
MATH 110Introductory Probability (Mason Core)3
or MATH 271 Mathematics for the Elementary School Teachers I
or MATH course approved by advisor
Total Credits15

Electives

Select an additional 34 credits from any courses.34
Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements
Total Credits34

Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education PreK-3 (Dual Licensure) (EEDL)

ECED 405Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education3
ECED 406Medical and Developmental Aspects of Disabilities of Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 412Language and Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Primary Grade Learners3
ECED 413Integrating Social Studies Across the Content Areas for Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 415Mathematics for Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 416Science for Diverse Young Learners3
ECED 422Developing Language, Literacy, and Communication of Diverse Infants and Toddlers3
ECED 423Early Intervention for Infants Toddlers with Disabilities: Collaborative Consultative Approaches3
MATH 110Introductory Probability (Mason Core)3
or MATH 271 Mathematics for the Elementary School Teachers I
or MATH course approved by advisor
Total Credits27

Electives 

Select an additional 22 credits from any courses.22
Students are encouraged to pursue a minor to partially fulfill elective requirements
Total Credits22