This bachelor's degree provides teacher candidates with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students in grades PreK-6. The robust, well-rounded program of study includes general and content-specific methods courses designed to prepare reflective teachers who are responsive to students’ diverse needs and ready to advance the 21st Century classroom. A strong partnership with local PK-6 schools ensures that teacher candidates are immersed in classroom settings with elementary students throughout their teacher preparation program. Graduates recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.

Admissions

Students interested in majoring in Elementary Education are initially enrolled as BPRE, or Pre-Elementary Education. They must meet certain requirements and successfully complete the appropriate application form to be admitted to the BSEd in Elementary Education. 

The requirements for admission to the BSEd in Elementary Education from BPRE status are:

  • 2.50 overall GPA
  • Within 9 credits of completing the Mason Core requirements

Policies

Students in the BSEd in Elementary Education must maintain at least a 2.50 GPA and earn a C or better in their coursework. Prior to applying for internship, students must successfully complete:

  • Emergency First Aid, CPR and AED certification or training
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Praxis Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math
  • Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education
  • Praxis Subject Assessment for Elementary Education

Licensure testing requirements are determined by the Commonwealth of Virginia and may change at any time. If changes to these requirements occur, students must meet the current testing and licensure requirements as set forth in the legal Code of Virginia.

Banner Code: E1-BSED-ELED

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements:
Written Communication3
Composition (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Oral Communication3
Public Speaking (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Quantitative Reasoning3
Quantitative Reasoning (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Information Technology and Computing3
Exploration Requirements:
Arts3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Global Understanding3
Major World Regions (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Literature3
Children's Literature for Teaching in Diverse Settings (Mason Core) (recommended course )
Natural Science7-8
Two lab sciences in different disciplines (recommended)
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools (Mason Core) (recommended course )
Western Civilization/World History3
Integration Requirement:
Written Communication3
Advanced Composition (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Synthesis/Capstone
Total Credits37-38

Major Requirements

ELED 242Foundations of Elementary Education3
ELED 305Foundations of Elementary Methods and Management3
ELED 401Classroom Management and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners3
ELED 402Differentiating Elementary Methods and Management3
ELED 410Emergent and Early Literacy3
ELED 411Reading Development, Processes, Assessment, and Pedagogy3
ELED 412Writing Development, Processes and Pedagogy3
ELED 421STEM in the Elementary Classroom3
ELED 443Children, Family, Culture, and Schools, 4-12 Year Olds3
ELED 452Mathematics Methods for the Elementary Classroom3
ELED 453Science Methods for the Elementary Classroom3
ELED 454Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Integrating Fine Arts in the Elementary Classroom3
ELED 459Research and Assessment in Elementary Education3
ELED 480Practicum in Elementary Education3
ELED 490Internship in Elementary Education (Mason Core)9
EDUC 301Educating Diverse and Exceptional Learners3
Elementary Ed Program Elective (choose one course):3
Methods for Teaching PK-6 English Learners in Inclusive Classrooms
Collaboration in PK-6 Inclusive School Settings
Characteristics of Students with Disabilities: High-incidence
Individualized Behavior Supports
Total Credits57

Electives 

Select 25-26 credits of electives25-26
Total Credits25-26

Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education Sample Plan of Study

The sample plan below is a recommended sequencing of courses based on pre-requisites and scheduling. This may not fit every student's needs and is a guideline, not a requirement. Students should confirm major requirements with their academic advisor and with PatriotWeb Degree Evaluation to ensure they enroll in the proper courses and are on track to graduate.

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGH 1013Western Civilization (HIST 100 or 125)3
Natural Science with Lab4Oral Communication (COMM 100 or 101)3
Elective (MATH 271 recommended)3ELED 2583
EDUC 2003MATH 2723
Elective (UNIV 100 recommended)1Elective3
 14 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Natural Science with Lab (choose different discipline)4ENGH 3023
ARTH 1013GGS 1013
IT3EDUC 3013
ELED 2423Elective (GOVT 103 recommended)3
Elective3Elective (HIST 121 or HIST 122 recommended)3
 16 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ELED 3053ELED 4013
ELED 4433ELED 4113
ELED 4543ELED 4523
ELED 4103ELED 4533
Elective3Elem Ed Program Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ELED 4023ELED 4593
ELED 4123ELED 4909
ELED 4213Elective3
ELED 4803 
Elective3 
 15 15
Total Credits 120

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.