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Think you want to be a teacher

Think You Want to Be a Teacher?

Presented by:

The College of Education and Human Development

George Mason University

FALL 2009

Please sign in at the door and

help yourself to information.


Teachers are nation builders

Teachers are Nation Builders

  • “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share

    your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” Benjamin Disraeli


Why do you want to become a teacher

Why Do You Want to Become a Teacher?

  • Make a difference

  • Change lives

  • Engage minds

  • Touch the future

  • It’s a good profession

    • Fulfilling

    • Stable

    • Benefits

    • Opportunities for growth


What should you teach

What Should You Teach?

  • What age groups are you interested in teaching?

  • What subject areas are you most interested in?

  • What is the job market like?


2008 09 va critical shortage areas

2008-09 VA Critical Shortage Areas

1. Special Education

2. Mathematics (6-12, Algebra I)

3. Science (Earth Science, Gr. 6-8, Biology)

4. Reading Specialist

5. Foreign Language (Spanish)

6. Career and Technical Education

7. ESL

8. English

9. Library Media

10. Grades 6-8 (All Subjects)


Why george mason university

Why George Mason University?

  • Nationally accredited (NCATE) programs

  • Wide variety of programs

  • Convenient class times (4:30 and 7:20)

  • Team to assist you

    • Advisor

    • Endorsement Specialist [email protected]

    • Field Placement Specialist [email protected]

    • Licensure Specialist [email protected]


Mason s teacher licensure programs

Many of our programs offer an optional master’s degree upon completing licensure coursework.

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

Secondary Education/CS

English as a Sec. Lang.

Foreign Language

Special Education

Mason’s Teacher Licensure Programs


Early childhood education

Early Childhood Education

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction -- 32 cr

    • Concentration: Early Childhood Ed. (Pre K- Gr 3)

    • With licensure

  • M.Ed. Special Education – 30 cr

    • Concentration: Early Childhood Special Ed. (Birth-5yrs)

    • *Optional licensure: add secondary ECSE program

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction -- 63 cr

    • Concentration: Early Childhood Education (UTEEM)

    • Triple licensure in Early Childhood Ed. (Pre K-Grade 3), Early Childhood Special Education (Birth - Five Years), and English as a Second Language (PK -12th grade)

      *Contact Julie Kidd to add secondary licensure program.

      PRIORITY DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (FALL); NOVEMBER 1 (SPRING)


Elementary education pre k 6

Elementary Education (Pre K-6)

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction -- 39 cr.

    • Concentration: Elementary Ed.

    • With licensure

  • Professional Development Schools Year Long Internship Program (6 academic terms with a fall start) http://gse.gmu.edu/programs/elementaryed/pds/

  • Professional Development Schools Semester Long Internship Program (available on the Fairfax and Loudoun Campuses; 7 academic terms with a summer start) http://gse.gmu.edu/programs/elementaryed/ps/

    STRICT DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1 (SUMMER AND FALL)


Secondary education grades 6 12

Secondary Education(Grades 6-12)

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

    • Concentration: Secondary Ed.

      • Subject areas: English, History, Math, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics)

    • Initial licensure (21 cr) with optional master’s (plus 12 cr)

    • Flexible schedule

      INTERNSHIPS (Concurrent enrollment in EDRD 619)

    • Regular placement (15 weeks with no pay)

    • On-the-job (you obtain a paid position in the school district—they provide you with a provisional license)

    • Professional development school placement (highly selective option providing specially trained teachers who work with GMU faculty in preparing you for teaching).

      STRICT DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (FALL); NOV. 1 (SPRING)


Secondary ed career switcher cs grades 6 12

Secondary Ed./Career Switcher (CS) (Grades 6-12)

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

    • Concentration: Secondary Ed.—(Grades 6-12)

      • Subject areas: English, History, Math, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics)

    • Initial licensure (18 cr) with optional master’s (plus 15 cr)

      • Five years full-time work experience

      • All endorsements completed

      • Passing Praxis I/SAT/ACT, Praxis II, VCLA

  • Students are granted a one year provisional license and seek full-time employment in a local school district.

    STRICT DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (FALL); OCTOBER 1 (SPRING)


English as a second language pk 12

English as a Second Language (PK-12)

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

    • Concentration: English as a Second Language

    • Initial licensure (30 cr) with optional master’s (plus 9 cr)

      • Six credit hours of a foreign language required for admission

        INTERNSHIPS

        Exam: Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

    • Regular placement (15 weeks with no pay)

    • On-the-job (you obtain a paid position in the school district—they provide you with a provisional license)

      PRIORITY DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (FALL); NOVEMBER 1 (SPRING)


Foreign language pk 12

Foreign Language (PK-12)

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

    • Concentration: Foreign Language and Latin

      • Languages: Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Latin

      • Initial licensure (27 cr) with optional master’s (plus 12 cr)

        INTERNSHIPS

        Exams: ACTFL (WPT) and (OPI), VCLA, Praxis II: Spanish, French, or German

  • Internship options are outlined on the program Web site:  http://gse.gmu.edu/programs/foreignlang/academics/.

    PRIORITY DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (FALL); NOVEMBER 1 (SPRING)


Special education pk 12

Special Education (PK-12)

  • M.Ed. Special Education -- 30 cr

    • *Option: add secondary licensure program

      • Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the General Curriculum K-12

      • Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum K-12

      • Visual Impairments PK-12

  • School District Cohorts: Read “Cohort Outreach Programs” at: http://gse.gmu.edu/programs/sped/

  • Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement are encouraged to provide Praxis I or VCLA test scores with their application.

    * Contact Jancy Templeton

    PRIORITY DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (FALL); NOVEMBER 1 (SPRING)


  • Pre admission

    Pre-Admission

    • Choose and research your program: gse.gmu.edu

    • Complete online endorsement review -(EPK3, ECE-UTEEM,ELED,SEC,SEC-CS) http://cehd.gmu.edu/teacher/endorse/. Submit unofficial transcripts (including GMU) and official CLEP exam scores

      Email: [email protected]

    • Foreign language endorsements are handled by

      Nanette Rutsch - [email protected]

      • OPTION: ACTFL WPT/OPI plus 6 credits of foreign language

    • Complete testing (SAT/ACT/Praxis I)—CS requires PRAXIS II and VCLA prior to admission


    Sat act equivalent

    SAT/ACT Equivalent

    SAT

    ACT

    • SAT test taken after April 1,1995

      Score=1100

      Minimum: 530 Verbal and 530 Math

    • SAT test taken before April 1, 1995

      Score=1000

      Minimum: 450 Verbal and 510 Math

    • ACT test taken after April 1,1995

      Score=24

      Minimum: 22 Math and 46 (English + Reading)

    • ACT test taken before April 1, 1995*

      Score=21

      Minimum: 21 Math and 37 (English + Reading)

      * ACT scores prior to fall 1989 did not include a reading component and cannot be accepted.


    Praxis i

    Praxis I

    Praxis I consists of reading, writing and math sections

    Register for the paper-based exam at: www.ets.org/praxis

    Call Prometric at 1-800-853-6773 to register for a computer-based Praxis I exam at a local testing center (M-Sat)

    Required for admission to all of our programs except Special Education (required to add lic.)

    A composite score of 532 is required.

    Report scores to GMU institutional code 5827.


    Praxis ii

    Praxis II

    Register for the paper-based exam at: www.ets.org/praxis

    Sample questions can be seen at the Praxis Web site.

    Praxis II tests content knowledge (e.g., math, history, Spanish)

    Required for admission to SEC-CS. Must be passed prior to final internship for:

    Early Childhood PK-3

    Elementary Ed

    Foreign Language (Spanish, French and German)

    Secondary Ed

    ECE-UTEEM


    Vcla vra tests

    VCLA/VRA Tests

    VCLA

    The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for all initial teacher licensure programs - http://www.va.nesinc.com/. (VCLA is an admissions requirement for the Career Switcher program)

    A total test score of at least 470 is passing for the VCLA.

    Report scores to GMU when you register for exam.

    VRA

    The Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for Early Childhood Education-EPK3 and UTEEM, Elementary Education, and Special Education - http://www.va.nesinc.com/.

    A test score of at least 235 is passing for the VRA.

    Report scores to GMU when you register for exam.


    How do you apply

    How Do You Apply?

    Follow 4-step process: http://cehd.gmu.edu/admissions/steps/

    • Step 1: Select your Program

      • Review program requirements

    • Step 2: Apply online

    • Step 3: Send in sealed documents together—MS4D1

    • Step 4: Application Status

      Students accepted for fall are allowed to enroll in summer classes.


    Complete applications

    Graduate application with fee

    Official transcripts

    Goal statement

    Three letters of recommendation

    Passing Praxis I test scores or SAT/ACT equivalent (not required for admission to ECE EDSE or EDSE)

    Endorsement review (EPK3, ECE-UTEEM, ELED, SEC,SEC-CS, FLL option: ACTFL WPT/OPI plus 6 credits of foreign language)

    Additional program specific materials, where appropriate (http://gse.gmu.edu/programs/)

    Complete Applications


    How do you get admitted

    Your application will be evaluated using the following standards:

    A minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours

    Praxis I composite score of at least 532 OR SAT/ACT equivalent

    Strong letters of recommendation

    Endorsement requirements fulfilled (except ESL,EDSE)

    Interview and writing sample also required by some programs

    How Do You Get Admitted?


    Steps to virginia licensure

    Steps to Virginia Licensure

    • Bachelor’s degree

    • Content/endorsement requirement course work (ELED,SEC,FLL,EPK3, UTEEM)

    • ACTFL OPI and WPT (FLL—in lieu of endorsements)

    • Praxis I passing scores or SAT/ACT equiv. scores (admission req.)

    • Complete a state-approved program

    • Praxis II passing scores (Early Childhood Ed PK-3, Elementary, Foreign Language, Secondary , ECE-UTEEM)

    • Pass Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

    • Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) (Special Ed, Reading specialists, Elementary, ECE-UTEEM, EPK-3)

      These requirements meet Virginia’s definition of a highly qualified teacher.


    Faq licensure endorsement

    Licensure: the initial designation from the state of Virginia

    Endorsement: Designation on the license noting ages or grade levels and/or subjects, disciplines and disabilities

    FAQ: Licensure/Endorsement

    Example: I am licensed to teach secondary education, grades 6-12, math


    Faq licensure reciprocity

    Will my Virginia teacher’s license “transfer” to other states?

    Because Virginia has some of the highest teacher licensure requirements in the country, many states have agreed to offer “reciprocity.”

    FAQ: Licensure Reciprocity

    If you are considering teaching in another state, you will need to contact the department of education in that state regarding how to obtain licensure. Completing a state-approved education program enhances your chances of receiving reciprocity.


    Faq provisional license

    What is a provisional license?

    A three-year, non-renewable license for someone who does not hold a current, valid license.

    An applicant must first be hired by a Virginia school division based on the content requirements for the teaching area for which the individual is applying.

    FAQ: Provisional License


    Faq what if you miss the deadline

    FAQ: What if You Miss the Deadline?

    • All of our licensure programs except ELED and SEC-CS allow students to take courses as a non-degree student.

    • Questions regarding class registration eligibility should be directed to the program office manager.

    • There are restrictions on how many classes can transfer into degree and certificate programs.

    • Students should only be in non-degree status for one semester.

      Tel: 703.993.2400

      Website: http://admissions.gmu.edu/nondegree/


    Faq when do classes meet

    FAQ: When Do Classes Meet?

    • Most classes will meet once a week, either at 4:30 pm or 7:20 pm

    • Full time programs offer courses that meet during the day

    • Summer session courses meet 2-3 times a week


    Faq what is the cost

    Fall 2008/Spring 2009

    In-state tuition: $370/credit hour

    Out-of-state tuition: $928/credit hour

    FAQ: What is the Cost?

    To be classified as an “in-state” student, you must live in Virginia for one year and pay taxes to the state for one year.


    Faq scholarships

    The Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

    For students pursuing teaching careers in shortage or critical needs areas

    For more information, read about the scholarship program on the VDOE Web site: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/newvdoe/teached.html

    General financial aid information can be found at:

    http://financialaid.gmu.edu/

    The application for assistantships can be found at:

    http://cehd.gmu.edu/oasa/funding_opps/

    FAQ: Scholarships?


    Faq communication

    FAQ: Communication?

    • E-mail acknowledgment (must provide e-mail address)

      • Self managed process

    • Lacking letter

      • Sent once application is processed if incomplete

    • Decision letter

      • Sent via postal mail 2-4 wks after interviews (POM)

    • Intent to enroll: cehd.gmu.edu/admissions/rsvp

      G number—Mason ID


    Application status

    Application Status

    • Graduate applicants are expected to monitor their application status by checking online at: http://admissions.gmu.edu/ApplicationStatus

    • Some applications may be suspended for several days if a previous student record exists requiring additional verification to avoid creating duplicate G numbers.

    • Applications are pushed through the system at 10 PM nightly. They are processed according to program deadline and date of receipt.


    Name changes

    Name Changes

    • Applicants who previously attended GMU must submit the Change of Name form found at: http://cehd.gmu.edu/documents/admissions/ along with acceptable legal documentation outlined on form.

    • Send via mail to:

      George Mason UniversityCEHD Admissions4400 University Dr., MS 4D1Fairfax, VA  22030

    • Drop off: Robinson A, room 103


    Address changes

    Address Changes

    • Address updates must be provided directly to [email protected]

    • This is critical to ensure decision letters are properly routed.

    • Students have access to Patriot Web once they have been accepted and have indicated their intent to enroll.


    Ferpa

    FERPA

    • Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulations (FERPA), we can only speak with applicants. Written permission must be provided if you need someone to speak on your behalf.

    • Due to security and privacy concerns, social security numbers are being dropped from transcripts.

    • Former names must be included in your application so we can cross-match documents should a transcript arrive separately.


    Important contacts

    Important Contacts

    • GSE Admissions: 703 993-2010

      [email protected]

    • Financial Aid: 703 993-2353

    • Non-Degree: 703 993-2400

      College of Education and Human Development

      George Mason University

      4400 University Drive, MS 4D1

      Fairfax, VA 22030


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