George Mason UNiversity

  Professional Development, 
Higher Education


Who we are

George Mason University’s School of Education is the largest in Virginia and is part of the university’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Mason is a distinguished Research One university among the top 115 institutions in the U.S.  Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students around the world enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

The College is distinguished by faculty who encourage new ways of thinking and pioneering research supported by more than $75 million in funding over the past five years. CEHD is fully accredited by CAEP.  All licensure programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education.  CEHD has five core values that are at the heart of our programs and courses: collaboration, ethical leadership, research-based practice, innovation and social justice are the benchmarks that guide our work as teacher educators. CEHD has 17 academic programs with approximately 3,200 students (2,600 of whom are graduate students) and 120 full-time instructional faculty members. 

We are known for our long-term partnerships with key organizations and institutions supporting international schools and programs, including Department of State/Office of Overseas Schools, Association for the Advancement of International Schools (AAIE), multiple regional associations, the Diversity Collaborative and IB.  

What we do

TCLDEL prepares educators to work with diverse learners locally, nationally, and internationally. Studying with expert faculty who have many years of experience preparing educators for teaching careers in global contexts as well as expertise teaching online, you will complete coursework designed specifically to develop the professional dispositions and pedagogical practices required to teach  learners in a wide variety of multilingual/multicultural settings.

Each option is designed to meet you where you are in your academic journey; field work in our licensure and certificate concentrations provide you with experience to engage with students and develop your identity as a practitioner, researcher and scholar. Field work can be completed nationally or internationally. Our internationally recognized Center for International Education provides many opportunities to engage with the broader international education community and contributes to the field through research, grants, visiting scholars, and partnerships. 

Since 2000, the TCLDEL program has championed our graduates to teach in schools world-wide, they are outstanding classroom teachers, innovative leaders in social justice and equity initiatives characterized by their commitment to excellence and to the success of their diverse K-12 students. Reach out today to begin your journey and join the ranks of talented teachers world-wide.  Don’t let where you are stop you from becoming who you should be – join us!

George Mason University, where innovation is tradition. 


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Why Mason? 

For over 25 years, the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) (formerly FAST TRAIN) program has prepared educators to work with diverse learners in all school settings, including teaching in international schools around the world.  With over 1,500 graduates in over forty countries, our programs are geared to prepare teachers who are developing their skills and expertise to work in complex global classrooms.  

Studying with expert faculty who have many years of experience working in multi-lingual multi-cultural settings, you will complete a series of courses designed specifically to help you develop the skills and dispositions required to teach a wide variety of students. With certificate, and Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, all offered 100% online, the TCLDEL program offers flexibility and the ability to complete your program, regardless of location. Most recently our online graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction ranked first in Virginia, 17th among public universities, and 19th overall.  We have been ranked as one of the most diverse universities in the U.S.

Furthermore, the hybrid International Education/Education Leadership Ph.D. program supports educators interested in taking their education to the next level. 


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Beverly D. Shaklee, Ed.D
Professor - School of Education

4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030



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