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

Contact for Assistance with Praxis Preparation/Tutoring Information

Rabia S. Ghani, Literacy & Reading Program Manager

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

Effective July 1, 2019, the Virginia Department of Education no longer mandated entry assessments to state-approved initial teacher licensure programs.

Certain assessments are still required prior to applying for internship (the last semester or year of a teacher licensure program). See below for details.

EFFECTIVE ON JULY 1, 2021: Candidates will not be required to attempt Praxis Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math prior to internship.

Praxis Core Math, SAT Math, or ACT Math

In June 2021, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) will publish a new accreditation workbook which will include the revised CAEP Initial and Advanced Licensure Standards. In preparation for this change, the College of Visual and Performing Arts will no longer require submission of PRAXIS Core Math, SAT Math or ACT Math when applying for licensure programs.

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)

Praxis Subject Assessments tests must be passed prior to internship application submission for CVPA licensure programs. 

Visit www.ets.org/praxis/va/requirements for a listing of prescribed Praxis Subject Assessments for applicable endorsement areas (Theater Education, Music Education, Art Education etc.).

Additional Resource:

VDOE Teacher Licensure Information