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The College of Education and Human Development
George Mason University
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“A teacher affects eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops.” ~Henry Adams
Endorsement: Designation on the license noting ages or grade levels and/or subjects, disciplines and disabilitiesDefinitions
Example: I am licensed to teach secondary education, grades 6-12, math
These requirements meet Virginia’s definition of a highly qualified teacher.
Because Virginia has some of the highest teacher licensure requirements in the country, many states have agreed to offer “reciprocity.”Licensure FAQ’s
Virginia has reciprocity with most states. 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.
2007-2008 shortage areas vary by geographical areas, i.e. specific to divisions or rural/urban areas.
Middle Grades 6-8
Career and Technical Education
Health and PE
CounselorCritical Shortage Areas in Virginia
Early Childhood Education (PK-3)
ECE PK-3, ECE UTEEM, EC Special Education
Elementary Education (PK-6)
Secondary Education (6-12)
Foreign Language (PK-12)
Secondary Education/Career Switcher program (6-12)
English, History, Math, Sciences (Biology, Earth Science, Physics)Mason’s Teacher Licensure Programs
Note that GSE programs have varying application deadlines for fall and spring
Complete online endorsement review -http://cehd.gmu.edu/teacher/endorse/. Submit unofficial transcripts to the Licensure Specialist for evaluation of content endorsement requirements and for information regarding CLEP exams.
Foreign Language endorsements are handled by
Nanette Rutsch - email@example.comWhat should I do before applying?
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
Interview and writing sample also required by some programsHow do I get admitted?
Register for the Praxis I and II exams at the website above OR
Call Prometric at 1-800-853-6773 to register for a test at a local testing center
Sample questions can be seen at the Praxis Web site.Praxis Tests
Minimum 22 (Math)/ 46 (English plus Reading)
Minimum 21 (Math)/ 37 (English plus Reading)
** ACT scores prior to Fall 1989 will not be accepted as the Reading score was not included before this time.
For students pursuing teaching careers in shortage or critical needs areas
For more information, read about the scholarship program on the VDOE website: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/newvdoe/teached.html
General financial aid information can be found at:
http://financialaid.gmu.edu/Are there any scholarships available?
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