This bachelor's degree is designed to prepare both educators for the classroom and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support the needs of individuals with disabilities. Students may focus their program on a specific area in the field by completing a teacher licensure concentration (i.e., Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum K-12, Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum K-12, Teaching Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12), or a non-licensure sequence to fulfill the requirements for the BSEd in Special Education degree program.

Admissions

Students with an interest in majoring in Special Education will initially be accepted into the Special Education, BSEd, without concentration.

Four-Year Students

To declare a concentration in General K-12 Licensure, Adapted K-12 Licensure, or Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12 Licensure, four-year students must: 

  • complete a minimum of 45 credits
  • attain a cumulative GPA of 2.50

Degree-Seeking Transfer Students

To declare a concentration in General K-12 Licensure, Adapted K-12 Licensure, or Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12 Licensure, transfer students must: 

  • complete a minimum of 45 credits
  • earn either a cumulative GPA of 2.50 from their previous institution or a minimum of a 2.50 GPA of at least 12 credits at Mason

Policies

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

Students enrolled in the General K-12 Licensure concentration must also complete:

  • Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education

Students enrolled in the Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12 Licensure concentration must also complete:

  • Praxis II: Braille Proficiency
  • Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special 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-EDSE

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements:
Written Communication3
Composition (Mason Core) (recommended course)
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology and Computing3
Exploration Requirements:
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Integration Requirement:
Written Communication3
Advanced Composition (Mason Core)
Writing Intensive (fulfilled by major requirements)
Synthesis/Capstone (fulfilled by major requirements)
Total Credits37

Program Core Requirements

EDUC 200Introduction to Education: Teaching, Learning and Schools (Mason Core)3
EDUC 302Human Growth and Development3
or PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)
EDSE 201Introduction to Special Education3
EDSE 251Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports3
EDSE 351Technology Integration for Specialized Instruction3
EDSE 352Assessment3
EDSE 353Individualized Behavior Supports3
EDSE 354Consultation and Collaboration3
EDSE 381Exploratory Field Experience in Special Education3
EDSE 451Transition and Self-Determination3
EDSE 452Intersectionality and Disability3
EDSE 481Internship: Professional Services (Mason Core) 112
or EDSE 482 Internship: General (Mason Core)
or EDSE 483 Internship: Adapted (Severe Disabilities)
or EDSE 484 Internship: Blindness and Visual Impairments
Total Credits45

BSEd in Special Education without Concentration

Students who do not select an optional concentration must complete the special education core and select at least 15 credits from the special education offerings below (NOTE: A minimum of 45 upper-level credits in the major is required):

Select 15 credits from the following:15
Disability in American Culture (Mason Core)
Disability in a Global Society
Characteristics of Students with Disabilities: High-incidence
Characteristics of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Language Acquisition and Reading Development
Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities
Communication with Severe Disabilities
Deaf History
Braille Code
Medical and Educational Implications of Blindness and Visual Impairments
Orientation and Mobility for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Teaching Methods for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments
Braille Reading and Writing
Deaf Culture
Instructional Strategies for Reading and Writing
Instructional Strategies for Math
Curriculum and Methods in Severe Disabilities
Foundations of Language and Literacy for Individuals with Severe Disabilities
Interdisciplinary Approach for Children with Sensory and Motor Disabilities
Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments
Internship: Professional Services (Mason Core) (credits included in Major Requirements)
Total Credits15

Electives

Select an additional 23 credits from any courses.23
Total Credits23

Concentration in General K-12 Licensure (GLIC)

EDSE 241Characteristics of Students with Disabilities: High-incidence3
EDSE 341Language Acquisition and Reading Development3
EDSE 441Instructional Strategies for Reading and Writing3
EDSE 443Instructional Strategies for Math3
EDSE 445Clinical Practice and Seminar I: General2
EDSE 446Clinical Practice and Seminar 2: General2
EDSE 482Internship: General (Mason Core) (credits included in Major Requirements)12
Total Credits28

Electives

Select an additional 22 credits from any courses.22
Total Credits22

Concentration in Adapted K-12 Licensure (ALIC)

EDSE 361Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 362Communication with Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 463Curriculum and Methods in Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 465Clinical Practice and Seminar 1: Adapted (Severe Disabilities)2
EDSE 466Clinical Practice and Seminar 2: Adapted (Severe Disabilities)2
EDSE 467Foundations of Language and Literacy for Individuals with Severe Disabilities3
EDSE 469Interdisciplinary Approach for Children with Sensory and Motor Disabilities3
EDSE 483Internship: Adapted (Severe Disabilities) (Mason Core) (credits included in Major Requirements)12
Total Credits31

Electives

Select an additional 19 credits from any courses.19
Total Credits19

Concentration in Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12 Licensure (BVI)

EDSE 311Characteristics of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments3
EDSE 341Language Acquisition and Reading Development3
EDSE 412Braille Code3
EDSE 413Medical and Educational Implications of Blindness and Visual Impairments3
EDSE 414Orientation and Mobility for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments2
EDSE 417Teaching Methods for Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments3
EDSE 418Curriculum and Assessment of Students with Blindness and Visual Impairments3
EDSE 419Braille Reading and Writing3
EDAT 422Assistive Technology for Individuals with Sensory Impairments3
EDSE 484Internship: Blindness and Visual Impairments (Mason Core) (credits included in Major Requirements)12
Total Credits38

Electives 

Select an additional 12 credits from any course.12
Total Credits12

Bachelor of Science in Education, Special 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.

BSEd in Special Education without Concentration

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Mason Core/Electives15Mason Core/Electives15
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 2013EDSE 2513
EDUC 2003PSYC 2113
Mason Core/Electives9Mason Core/Electives9
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 3523EDSE 3533
EDSE 3813EDSE 3543
Electives in the major3Electived in the major6
General Electives6General Electives3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 4513EDSE 48112
EDSE 4523EDSE 3513
Electives in the major6 
General Electives3 
 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/.

Concentration in General K-12 Licensure

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Mason Core/Electives15Mason Core/Electives15
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 2013EDSE 2413
EDUC 2003EDSE 2513
Mason Core/Electives9PSYC 211 or EDUC 3023
 Mason Core/Electives6
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 3413EDSE 3533
EDSE 3523EDSE 3543
EDSE 3813EDSE 4413
General Electives6EDSE 4452
 General Electives4
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 4433EDSE 48212
EDSE 4462EDSE 3513
EDSE 4513 
EDSE 4523 
General Electives4 
 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/.

Concentration in Adapted K-12 Licensure

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Mason Core/Electives15Mason Core/Electives15
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 2013EDSE 2513
EDUC 2003PSYC 211 or EDUC 3023
Mason Core/Electives9EDSE 3613
 Mason Core/Electives6
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 3523EDSE 3533
EDSE 3623EDSE 3543
EDSE 3813EDSE 4633
General Electives6EDSE 4652
 General Electives4
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDSE 4513EDSE 48312
EDSE 4662EDSE 3513
EDSE 4673 
EDSE 4523 
EDSE 4693 
General Electives1 
 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/.

Concentration in Blindness and Visual Impairments PK-12 Licensure

First Year
 Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits 
 Mason Core/Electives15Mason Core/Electives15 
  15 15 
Second Year
Summer Semester OneCreditsFall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits 
EDSE 4142EDSE 2013EDSE 2513 
 EDUC 2003PSYC 211 or EDUC 3023 
 Mason Core/Electives7EDSE 3113 
  Mason Core/Electives6 
 2 13 15 
Third Year
 Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCreditsSummer Semester TwoCredits
 EDSE 3413EDSE 3533EDSE 4173
 EDSE 3523EDSE 3543 
 EDSE 3813EDSE 4183 
 EDSE 4123EDSE 4193 
  General Electives3 
  12 15 3
Fourth Year
 Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits 
 EDSE 4133EDSE 48412 
 EDAT 4223EDSE 3513 
 EDSE 4513  
 EDSE 4523  
 General Electives3  
  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/.