In 1990, the Virginia Department of Education entered into a unique partnership with George Mason University and the U.S. Department of State to provide highly trained, licensed teachers in critical shortage areas in K-12 schools overseas. This initiative, called FAST TRAIN Programs, combines the talents of George Mason University’s faculty with the exceptional requirements and standards for Virginia State’s teacher license, FAST TRAIN has prepared over 1,000 teachers in the past 20 years who not only teach U.S. citizens living overseas but who often return to use their culturally enriched experiences and professional talents to instruct our children in Virginia and other states. FAST TRAIN offers certificates and degrees in the areas of special education, elementary education, English as a second language education, and advanced IB studies, and all of these degrees are attainable through a combination of live and online courses. I’m not just a promoter, but I’m also a student, so let me know if you’d like more information!
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