Program Description

The Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) program incorporates National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) guidelines to help teachers think and practice as leaders and board-certified educators. This master’s program is designed for teachers with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue growing professionally. Coursework inspires reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and the Advanced International Baccalaureate (AIB) Studies concentration focuses on theory, pedagogy, and research.

What it costs

The cost is $595.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $505.75 per credit hour for VA state residents who are eligible and apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount. All out of state students qualify for an automatic 40% discount and a cost of $795.00 per credit hour. Fees include a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of April 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring.

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Program Summary

80 Percent Online

Program: Curriculum and Instruction

Concentration: ASTL: Advanced International Baccalaureate

Degree: MEd

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 30 total

Requires an intensive, five-week summer session on campus

Accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

Who should apply?

Experienced teachers with or without a master’s degree may apply for this program. International Baccalaureate (IB) concentration coursework focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research supporting the IB programs, providing advanced professional development on the philosophy, elements, and assessments of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). Please note, this program does not lead to licensure.

For students who already have a master’s degree and are interested in pursuing AIB studies, please see the fully online Advanced International Baccalaureate (IB) Studies (Graduate Certificate) program.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Mason is proud to be the first university in North America to offer graduate teacher education programs approved and accredited by the International Baccalaureate.
  • This program provides a highly flexible course schedule while incorporating international understanding through highly qualified faculty and globally-minded students.
  • Students can begin the program in Fall or Spring, completing the master’s in as little as two years.
  • The program combines asynchronous online coursework with an intensive, 5-week summer session on Mason’s Fairfax campus.
  • Successful completion of the master’s program leads to eligibility to apply for the Advanced International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
  • This program is accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).

Program  requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements. See the ASTL AIB Concentration form for course details.

Most courses in this program are delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester. This program requires an intensive, five-week summer session on Mason’s Fairfax campus.

Requirements: 30 credits total

  • 12 credits ASTL core courses
  • 18 credits AIB concentration courses

ASTL Core Courses

  • EDUC 606 Education and Culture | 3 credits
  • EDUC 612 Inquiry into Practice | 2 credits (face-to-face summer session)
  • EDUC 613 How Students Learn | 3 credits
  • EDUC 614 Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning | 2 credits
  • EDUC 615 Educational Change | 2 credits

AIB Concentration Courses

  • EDUC 621 Teaching and Learning in the IB Program | 3 credits
  • EDUC 622 Curriculum Development across IB Programs | 3 credits
  • EDUC 623 Models and Strategies for Teaching and Learning in IB Schools | 3 credits
  • EDUC 624 Assessment and Learning in IB Schools | 3 credits
  • EDUC 626 Inquiry into Action: IB Teachers, Learners, and Schools | 3 credits
  • EDUC 627 Contemporary Issues and Trends in IB | 3 credits (face-to-face summer session)

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$595.00 plus fees
Virginia Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program
$506.00*
Non-Virginia Resident$1,416.00 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident enrolled in a CEHD
graduate program
$795.00** plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

*For Virginia Educators: Starting in Fall 2014, PreK-12 educators in Virginia may receive a 15% discount off of the university’s approved tuition rate for in-state CEHD graduate students. For application deadlines and requirements, see cehd.gmu.edu/tuition-discount-for-virginia-educators.

**For Out-of-State Students: Starting in Fall 2014, out-of-state CEHD students may receive an automatic discount of approximately 40% off of the university’s approved tuition rate for out-of-state graduate students. For further details, see cehd.gmu.edu/news/stories/tuition-discounts.

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.

Career Enhancement

This program is for teachers who are currently working, or wish to work, in International Baccalaureate schools worldwide. It develops research-focused, student-centered teacher leaders with coursework that focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research that supports the IB programs, specifically its Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme.

Incorporating 18 credits of coursework in Advanced International Baccalaureate (AIB) coursework and 12 credits in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL), this program leads to a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Successful completion of the master’s degree also makes students eligible to apply for the Advanced International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

As a Mason student, you may contact Mason Career Services for more career information and counseling.

Further Studies

For students who already have a master’s degree and are interested in pursuing AIB studies, please see the fully online Advanced International Baccalaureate (IB) Studies (Graduate Certificate) program.

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Program ContactsRebecca Fox
Phone: (703) 993-4123
Email: rfox@gmu.edu

Jennifer Lebron
Phone: (703) 993-3602
Email: jlebron@gmu.edu
Academic Program OfficeAdvanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL)
Division of Advanced Professional Teacher Development and International Education (APTDIE), Graduate School of Education
Phone: (703) 993-2794
ASTL Email: astl@gmu.edu
APTDIE Email: dvrtch@gmu.edu
Program Websitehttp://gse.gmu.edu/advanced-teaching-studies/
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All applicants should review the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Admissions page. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements and English Proficiency Exams.

Prerequisites

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study (Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)
  • One year of documented, successful teaching or related educational experience

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) that addresses reasons for choosing this ASTL program
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references targeting applicant’s teaching skills and academic abilities (use Letters of Recommendation Form)
  • Writing sample
  • ASTL Departmental Form

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CEHD Admissions Office at cehdgrad@gmu.edu or (703) 993-2010.