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Think You Want to Be a Teacher?. Presented by: The College of Education and Human Development George Mason University SPRING 2010 Please sign in at the door and help yourself to information. Teachers are Nation Builders. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share

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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

SPRING 2010

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

Early Childhood Education (EDSE-SPEC)

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 (+13 credits)

*Contact Julie Kidd to add secondary licensure program.

PRIORITY DEADLINE: MARCH 1 (FALL); NOV. 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/
  • NEW Bridge Year Long Internship Program (5 academic terms with a spring start)

STRICT DEADLINE: FEB. 1 SUMMER AND FALL; OCT. 1 SPRING

secondary education grades 6 12
Secondary Education(Grades 6-12)
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
    • Concentration: Secondary Education
      • Subject areas: English, History, Math, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics)
    • Initial licensure (21 cr) with optionalmaster’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 Education
      • 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 (limited availability), 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 (+9 credits)
        • Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum K-12 (+12 credits)
        • Visual Impairments PK-12 (+14 credits)
  • 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

1. Choose and research your programhttp://gse.gmu.edu/programs/

2. Complete endorsement review

    • ONLINE-http://cehd.gmu.edu/teacher/endorse/

Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Ed –incl. Career Switcher

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

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

endorsements
Endorsements
  • Endorsements are undergraduate courses in content areas that must be completed prior to internship.
  • For Secondary Ed. and CS/Secondary Ed., you may fulfill your endorsement requirements via your bachelor’s degree in English, chemistry, physics, math or biology.
  • Must be within 9 credits of completion by the first day of class. Course work in progress MUST be entered in the online endorsement review.
  • Submit transcripts (including GMU) and official CLEP exam scores with cover sheet
  • Contact [email protected] to see which course work can fulfill endorsement requirements.
  • Allow 4-6 weeks for review to be completed.
  • Send a copy of endorsement review to Admissions.
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 licensure program)

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 . Check VA requirements to ensure you are registering for the correct exam code.

Sample questions can be seen at the Praxis Web site.

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

Elementary Education Praxis II exam or course is an exit requirement for Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum K-12

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

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—(code 17) when you register for exam.

VRA

The Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for Early Childhood Education-EPK3, 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

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)
  • ACTFL OPI and WPT (FLL—in lieu of endorsements)
  • Praxis I passing scores or SAT/ACT equiv. scores (admission)
  • Complete a state-approved program
  • Praxis II passing scores (Early Childhood Ed PK-3, Elementary, Foreign Language, and Secondary)
  • Pass Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) : (Special Ed, Reading specialists, Elementary, and Early Childhood 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
Spring2010

In-state tuition:

$398/credit hour

Out-of-state tuition:

$987/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.
privacy and security
Privacy and Security
  • Due to privacy regulations, 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
  • CEHD 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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