Teacher Preparation Programs

Advising for Future College of Visual and Performing Arts Teachers

Thank you for your interest in the state-approved teacher preparation programs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University!

Endorsement Account and Advising

All graduate school applicants must create an endorsement account and complete the worksheet associated with their intended program. Your transcripts will also be requested and both will be reviewed. Following notification of the initial Endorsement review, please contact the CVPA Graduate Admissions Office to schedule an advising appointment.

Detailed instructions about the Endorsement Process.

Contact Information for Endorsements:

Mary Slone O’Neill, Endorsement Advisor
(703) 993-2892

If you have specific questions about our programs, contact information for those programs is below:

​CVPA Teacher Licensure Program Advisors

  • Art Education Licensure, Graduate Certificate, Robert Yi, (703) 993-9617
  • Art Education, Master or Arts in Teaching, Robert Yi, (703) 993-9617
  • Music Education Licensure for PK-12, Graduate Certificate, Charles Ciorba, (703) 993-1395
  • Teaching Theater PK-12, Graduate Certificate, Mimsi Janis, (703) 993-1879

Other important Mason staff that can assist you along the way are below:

Contact Information for Licensure

Rebekah Flis, Licensure Coordinator
(703) 993-2094

Admissions Information for Graduate Programs

Dawn Kelley, Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
(703) 993-5576


Virginia Test Requirements

Sarah Coffin, an Arts Management graduate student

Praxis Core Math, SAT Math, or ACT Math

College of Visual and Performing Arts students must submit official scores for Praxis Core Math 5732 or 5733, SAT Math, or ACT Math, when applying to a state-approved initial teacher licensure program. No minimum score is required. 

All official and passing test scores must be submitted and in the Mason system by the application deadline. Please allow a minimum of six weeks for processing of your official test scores. If you did not request George Mason as a recipient of your scores when you initially took your exam, you may incur an additional fee when ordering them.

Official test scores are processed by the College of Education and Human Development. Students must request that official test score reports be sent directly to CEHD Admissions, 4400 University Dr., MS: 4D1, Fairfax, VA 22030 prior to the application deadline.

In addition to sending official score reports to CEHD Admissions, please ensure that you either request an official score report for your own records, or save the PDF score report and keep it available to you after taking the assessment. As required by the Virginia Department of Education, students must submit photocopies or original test score reports when applying for licensure (see below). The Licensure Coordinator cannot obtain these scores from ANY Mason records.


For CAEP accreditation purposes, Mason must provide Reading, Writing and Math scores for all initial teacher licensure candidates. Candidates meet the Reading and Writing requirement by taking the VCLA (required for licensure in VA). The Math test score requirement can be met with Praxis Core Math (5732 or 5733, taken after October 27, 1989), or Praxis I Math (taken prior to January 1, 2014). Math test scores must be officially reported to Mason prior to internship application submission.

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) must be passed prior to internship application submission for all initial teacher licensure programs. A composite score of at least 470 must be achieved to meet the VCLA requirement.

Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II) (ETS)

Praxis Subject Assessments tests must be passed prior to internship application submission for most initial licensure programs. Visit www.ets.org/praxis/va/requirements for a listing of prescribed Praxis Subject Assessments for applicable endorsement areas (Elementary Education, Biology, English, Visual Arts, etc.). Praxis workshops are available at Mason.