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

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 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 must have satisfied the following requirements:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework
    (note: a minimum grade of C must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason)
  • two letters of recommendation from former or current employers or university professors, targeting work experiences and academic abilities
  • resume
  • goal statement (750-1000 words) that addresses the reasons for choosing this program.

See website for more information on the admissions process.

Policies

Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements.

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

Banner Code: E1-CERG-SELC

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 for consideration as a new degree program.  The university cannot accept applications or enroll students in this program until SCHEV approval has been granted.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 23

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

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

Core Courses

EDRD 619Literacy in Content Areas3
SEED 522Foundations of Secondary Education3
SEED 540Human Development and Learning: Secondary Education3
SEED 791Internship Seminar in Secondary Teaching2
Total Credits11

Curriculum and Methods Courses

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

Internship Courses

Select one content course specific to your program from the following:6
Internship: Secondary Education English
Internship: Secondary Education Math
Internship: Secondary Education Science
Internship: Secondary Education Social Studies
Internship: Secondary Education Computer Science
Total Credits6