The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education program provides teacher candidates with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students in grades 6-12 in English/language arts, history/social science, and computer science classes. The comprehensive program of study includes methods courses designed to prepare reflective teachers who are dedicated to knowing their students and their needs and to advancing social justice in today’s diverse classrooms. Collaborations and partnerships with local high schools and middle schools ensure that teacher candidates complete relevant clinical experiences with veteran mentor teachers, many of whom are graduates of the program. Dedicated subject area faculty who work in area schools ensure graduates are prepared to employ innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.


Four-Year Students

Students entering as freshmen with an interest in majoring in Secondary Education will apply to Mason and declare the Secondary Education, BSEd with a particular concentration. Prior to initial enrollment, students must meet with their academic advisor and the Associate Director of Pre-Education Advising and Outreach.

Transfer Students

Transfer students with an interest in majoring in the BSEd in Secondary Education and a specific concentration will either apply to Mason and declare the program (if an external to Mason applicant) or file a change of major form (if a current Mason student). Prior to initial enrollment, students must meet with their academic advisor and the Associate Director of Pre-Education Advising and Outreach.


Students must maintain at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA and earn a C or better in their program core and concentration coursework. Prior to applying for internships, students in all concentrations must successfully complete:

  • Emergency First Aid, CPR and AED certification or training 
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Praxis subject area test (specific test required for English or History/Social Science or Biology/Chemistry/Earth Science/Physics or Math or Computer Science licensure)
  • Content area coursework (completed and approved Content Area Review form)
  • Other applicable statutory requirements (subject to change)

Licensure testing and statutory 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, statutory, and licensure requirements as set forth in the legal Code of Virginia.

Banner Code: E1-BSED-EDSC

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements:
Written Communication3
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology and Computing3
Exploration Requirements:
Global Contexts3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools (Mason Core) (or GGS 103 for Concentration in Secondary Education - History and Social Science)
Global History3
Just Societies
Integration Requirement:
Written Communication3
Advanced Composition (Mason Core)
Writing Intensive (fulfilled by major requirements)
Synthesis/Capstone (fulfilled by major requirements)
Total Credits37

Core Requirements

EDRD 419Literacy Across the Disciplines3
SEED 407Assessing Learning and Teaching in the Secondary Classroom3
SEED 408Creating Advocacy with Adolescent Learners3
SEED 409Perspectives on Extraordinary Teaching3
SEED 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
SEED 440Human Development, Learning, and Teaching3
SEED 477Studying Teacher Impact on Student Learning3
SEED 478Implementing Teacher Impact on Student Learning3
Total Credits24

Concentration in Secondary Education - Computer Science (SECO)

SEED 466Teaching Computer Science in Secondary School3
SEED 476Advanced Methods of Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School3
SEED 496Internship: Secondary Education Computer Science (Mason Core)9
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
CS 112Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core) 24
CS 211Object-Oriented Programming3
CS 262Introduction to Low-Level Programming3
CS 310Data Structures3
CS 321Software Engineering (Mason Core)3
CS 330Formal Methods and Models3
CS 483Analysis of Algorithms3
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) 34
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core) 33
MATH 203Linear Algebra3
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
or STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
Total Credits57

ENGH 101 satisfies the Mason Core Written Communication (lower-level) requirement.


CS 112 satisfies the Mason Core Information Technology and Computing requirement.


MATH 113 and MATH 125 satisfy the Mason Core Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Concentration in Secondary Education - English (SECE)

SEED 469Teaching English in Secondary School3
SEED 479Advanced Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School3
SEED 492Internship: Secondary Education English (Mason Core)9
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 23
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core) 33
or COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication (Mason Core)
or INTS 202 Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core)
ENGH 308Theory and Inquiry3
LING 306Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (Mason Core) 43
LING 322English Grammar and Pedagogy3
Select one course from the following:3
Literature of the Middle Ages
English Poetry and Prose of the 16th Century
Introduction to Shakespeare
Studies in Shakespeare
English Renaissance Drama
English Poetry and Prose of the 17th Century
Augustan Age: 1660-1745
Age of Sensibility: 1745-1800
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
Select one course from the following:3
Early American Literature
Literature of the American Renaissance
Post-Civil War American Literature, 1865-1920
Development of the American Novel to 1914
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
African American Literature Through 1946
Contemporary African American Literature
Topics in Ethnic American Literature
Contemporary Fiction
Contemporary Poetry
Select one course from the following or a special topics course selected with advisor approval: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
English Electives9
Young Adult Literature in Multicultural Settings (Mason Core) 5
Select 6 credits of ENGH-prefixed courses
Total Credits51

ENGH 101 satisfies the Mason Core Written Communication (lower-level) requirement.


ENGH 302 satisfies the Mason Core Written Communication (upper-level) requirement.


COMM 100COMM 101 and INTS 202 satisfy the Mason Core Oral Communication requirement.


LING 306 satisfies the Mason Core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.


SEED 370 satisfies the Mason Core Literature requirement.

Concentration in Secondary Education - History and Social Science (SECH)

SEED 367Teaching History and Social Science in the Secondary School3
SEED 467Advanced Methods of Teaching History and Social Science in the Secondary School3
SEED 495Internship: Secondary Education History and Social Science9
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 13
ECON 104Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core) 13
GGS 101Major World Regions (Mason Core) 23
GGS 102Physical Geography (Mason Core) 33
GGS 103Human Geography (Mason Core) 13
GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
Select 15 credits of GOVT-prefixed courses15
HIST 121Formation of the American Republic (Mason Core)3
or HIST 122 Development of Modern America (Mason Core)
HIST 125Introduction to Global History (Mason Core)3
Select one course from the following:3
History of the Old South
The South since 1865
The Civil War and Reconstruction
History of Virginia to 1800
Colonial America
Select 9 credits of HIST-prefixed courses9
Total Credits66

ECON 103ECON 104 and GGS 103 satisfy the Mason Core Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement. 


GGS 101 satisfies the Mason Core Global Understanding requirement.


GGS 102 satisfies, in part, the Mason Core Natural Sciences requirement.


Choose 2-20 credits from the university catalog to satisfy the degree/program requirement of 120 credits2-23