Program Description

This master’s degree with a concentration in Transformative Teaching provides experienced school-based educators with valuable professional development opportunities that help them to continually rethink the routines and assumptions that shape their work. Students reflect upon their practice, design thoughtful and constructive responses to the obstacles that inhibit teaching and student learning, and learn to become leaders in schools, professional associations, and communities around the world as civically engaged advocates for educators and students.

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 a priority application deadline of May 31 and final deadline of July 10 for Fall.

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Program Summary

90 Percent Online

Program: Curriculum and Instruction

Concentration: Transformative Teaching

Degree: MEd

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 30 total

Intensive summer courses require week-long presence on Mason campus each summer. Summer coursework begins before fall enrollment date.

What is transformative teaching?

Transformative teaching is a multi-layered practice grounded in democratic leadership. It is the practice of protecting all and fostering equitable treatment, often through activism or negotiation with the school system. This form of transformative leadership relies on emotional intelligence and is cultivated through mindfulness, hope, and compassion.

We strongly encourage you to form a school-based team by beginning this program with at least one other teacher at your school.

Why choose George Mason?

  • The online format allows teachers from across the country to connect in deep collaboration while continuing to teach full-time.
  • You will work with a fixed group of students and faculty throughout the entire program in the cohort model.
  • A strong sense of community is developed during the week-long, on-campus course held each summer.
  • Families are invited to enjoy a memorable getaway in Washington, D.C. during the students’ on-campus weeks.
  • You can establish unique relationships with policymakers, advocacy groups, and media because of the program’s proximity to the nation’s capital.
  • You will develop solutions for educational equity and access as part of our social justice focus, thus becoming a transformative leader.
  • You will learn theories and pedagogy that empower you to address your students’ dynamic needs in the context of mandated curricula and assessment.
  • The program’s accomplished core faculty have extensive experience teaching in the K-12 classroom, managing Department of Education grant projects, and actively participating in professional associations. These associations include American Educational Research Association, Teaching for Change, and Center for Education Policy.

Additional Information

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 30 credits total

Students must attend a week-long intensive course on campus each summer. The remainder of coursework for this program is a combination of asynchronous and synchronous online offerings.

Please note that your first summer course is taken before your fall enrollment date. The cohort model provides a set sequence of integrated courses as shown below.

Required Courses (Year 1)

  • EDUC 647 Critical Reflective Practice | 1.5 credits | Summer 1 (face-to-face)
  • EDUC 649 Critical Dialogue in Education | 1.5 credits | Summer 1 and Fall 1
  • EDUC 651 Critical Theories and Pedagogies | 3 credits | Fall 1
  • EDUC 653 Technology and Learning | 3 credits | Fall 1
  • EDUC 655 Teacher Research Methods | 3 credits | Spring 1
  • EDUC 657 Teaching for Democracy and Social Justice | 3 credits | Spring 1

Required Courses (Year 2)

  • EDUC 659 Teacher Leadership | 1.5 credits | Summer 2 (face-to-face)
  • EDUC 661 Teacher Empowerment and Policy | 1.5 credits | Summer 2 and Fall 2
  • EDUC 663 Culturally Relevant Pedagogy | 3 credits | Fall 2
  • EDUC 665 Teacher Inquiry in Practice I | 3 credits | Fall 2
  • EDUC 667 Teacher Inquiry in Practice II | 3 credits | Spring 2
  • EDUC 669 Teaching and Learning in Practice | 3 credits | Spring 2

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.


Lodging and transportation expenses for the week long on-campus courses each summer are not covered by the above fees. Campus apartment style dorm facilities with kitchens and bathrooms are available for an additional rental fee.

Career Enhancement

The Transformative Teaching concentration serves as a rewarding alternative for gaining professional development credits. In the program, you will have opportunities to reflect upon your teaching practice to create empowering learning environments, gain the knowledge necessary to be an informed participant in the policy arena in issues related to teaching and learning, and be empowered to promote social justice from the classroom outward.

Further Studies

Students completing this degree are eligible to apply to the PhD program in the College of Education and Human Development.

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Program ContactBetsy DeMulder
Academic Program Coordinator
Phone: (703) 993-8326
Fax: (703) 993-6137
Email: edemulde@gmu.edu
Department ContactAna Silva
Phone: (703) 993-2794
Email: asilva11@gmu.edu
CEHD Websitehttp://cehd.gmu.edu
Follow CEHD on Twitter@MasonCEHD

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 an accredited university
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
  • Work in a school setting as a licensed teacher or in-school practitioner

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • In-state tuition form (if applicable)
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended (applicants do not need to send transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
  • Three letters of recommendation from colleagues or principal/supervisor (use Letters of Recommendation Form)
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) describing why you chose this online program, what you hope to learn in the program, and why now is an ideal time for you to enroll in the program. (Please compose and spell check your essay in a Word document first, then copy and paste it into the online application.)

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