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Teacher Certification - FAST TRAIN (Foreign Affairs Spouses Teacher Training Project)


FAST TRAIN (The Foreign Affairs Spouses Teacher Training Program) began in the Fall of 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 400 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.  FAST TRAIN is one of the academic programs associated with the Center for International Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Alternative licensure program to prepare teachers for international assignments - This program is designed for those who have a bachelor's degree, want a teaching credential, and are interested in teaching overseas. Upon completion of six education courses taken over a 1-year period and successful completion of the National Teachers exam, participants receive a provisional Virginia teaching certificate at the PK-8 level. Foreign Service spouses have found this certificate useful in obtaining teaching positions in developing nations. Read more

Master's Degree in Multilingual/Multicultural Education, with an emphasis on teaching as a second language - This Master's program in multilingual / multicultural education, with an emphasis in teaching English as a second language, is specifically designed for licensed teachers or educators who are working abroad or who plan on going overseas to teach. Read more

Certificate Program in Special Education - Read more

Certificate in Advanced IB Studies - George Mason University's Center for International Education with FAST TRAIN Programs has developed a two-track collaborative initiative with the International Baccalaureate (IB).  Read more

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