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Teacher Certification - FAST TRAIN


FAST TRAIN (The Foreign Affairs Spouses Teacher Training Program) began in 1990 as a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State's Office of Overseas Schools, the State of Virginia's Department of Education, and George Mason University. The collaboration stemmed from an interest in training Foreign Service family members to become qualified candidates for teaching positions in international schools.

Since 1990, over 1200 participants have completed the FAST TRAIN Program and are now teaching worldwide. While FAST TRAIN still maintains a formal relationship with the U.S. Department of State's Office of Overseas Schools, the program has now expanded and is open to all applicants who would like to teach abroad.

Teacher Licensure & M.Ed. Programs

This program is designed for those who have a bachelor's degree, want a teaching credential, and are interested in teaching overseas. FAST TRAIN Programs offers two licensure options: English as a Second Language Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6). Upon completion of licensure coursework (18-21 credits), and an international teaching internship (6 credits), participants receive a Post-Graduate Professional Teacher License from the Commonwealth of Virginia. This teaching license has reciprocity in 47 states and is often a required credential to teach in international schools.

In addition to earning a teaching credential, students in the FAST TRAIN Program can also earn a Master’s in Education: Curriculum & Instruction focusing on their licensure area (ESL or Elementary Education). Each master’s degree program provides teachers with additional skills beyond initial licensure to make them competitive for international teaching positions. All coursework leading to the licensure and M.Ed. is offered in online or intensive summer hybrid programs. Students can complete the two-year program from anywhere in the world, with a brief summer residency at George Mason’s campus in Fairfax, Virginia.

Advanced Programs for International Educators

FAST TRAIN Programs also has degree programs available for individuals who already hold a teaching credential and want to expand their marketability to international schools. The program offers Certificate and Master’s Degrees in Advanced IB Studies or Special Education. The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is designed to provide teachers with the skills, qualifications, and dispositions to work in IB schools worldwide. The Special Education program is designed to provide educators, counselors, and parents with the skills needed to support special needs students who access the general curriculum in international schools. Both programs offer an entirely online certificate program or an online and summer hybrid master’s degree.

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