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George Mason University — College of Education and Human Development

Program Type:
Master's International
College of Education and Human Development
Degrees Awarded:
Curriculum and Instruction (MEd)
Admissions Deadlines:

Fall/Summer: 07/01; Spring: 11/01

Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
Fall or Spring
Program Founded:
July, 2004


The Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction offers a high quality teacher preparation program in International English as a Second Language.  Students who complete the M.Ed program have the ability to apply for a full K-12 Virginia licensure in ESL. All coursework for the College of Education and Human Development Master's International students will be charged at the in-state Virginia rate, plus a $25/credit surcharge for non-Virginia residents. For non-residents this represents more than a 50% discount from out-of-state tuition rates. Students in the program will also receive a stipend of $1,000, to be applied toward tuition for course work taken after returning from Peace Corps service. One of the most important benefits to students in the program is the opportunity to work alongside returned Peace Corps Volunteers in George Mason University's Peace Corps Fellows Program.


The Master's International (MI), a joint program of Peace Corps and George Mason University, enables participants to prepare for Peace Corps Volunteer service while earning the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction and full licensure in ESL. Participants apply separately to the Peace Corps and George Mason University to be accepted into the program. The program requires 30 credit hours. Students will complete eight courses (for 24 credit hours) prior to Peace Corps service. Peace Corps service, if completed in a K-12 setting with English Language Learners, fulfills the 6 credit-hour internship requirement for licensure. After their licensure sequence and their service abroad, students can complete their remaining two classes to receive the master's degree.


The following are required for admission: bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with 3.000 GPA in the last 60 credits of study; completed Application for Graduate Admission; nonrefundable application fee; Application for Virginia In-State Rates for those students claiming eligibility for in-state tuition; three copies of original transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities; three letters of recommendation from professional references targeting teaching experience and academic abilities (recommendation form found on the website); goals statement of approximately 750-1,000 words; one- to two-page goals statement; English Language Proficiency Assessment Test for prospective students whose native language is not English; passing scores on the TOEFL for non-native English speaking applicants. Students accepted into the MEd program but waiting for notification of acceptance from the Peace Corps may begin their program but will not receive a stipend until accepted into the Peace Corps. Six semester credits of foreign language are required for exiting the program.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Jennifer Lebron
Administrative Coordinator

4400 University Drive, MSN 1E8
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 993-2794
(703) 993-5771

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