Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Current Student Information

AdvisingMore Less
Have a question about one of our programs? We have a dedicated team of prospective and current student advisors to guide you through every step of your academic program, from application to graduation. To schedule an advising appointment, you will first need to select which advisor is best suited to answer your questions. Learn More

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  • Fox, Rebecca Academic Program Coordinator Email
    Phone: (703) 993-4123
    Fax: (703) 993-9380

  • Dodman, Stephanie Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3841
    Fax: (703) 993-9380

  • Holincheck, Nancy Email
    Phone: (703) 993-8136
    Fax: (703) 993-9380


Affiliated Faculty

  • Baker, Courtney Mathematics Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5081
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Baker, Pamela Special Education Email
    Phone: (703) 993-1787
    Fax: (703) 993-3681

  • Banville, Dominique Physical Education Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3579
    Fax: (703) 993-2025

  • Hathaway, Jennifer Literacy Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5789
    Fax: (703) 993-5300

  • Helmsing, Mark Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2384
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Kidd, Julie Early Childhood Education Email
    Phone: (703) 993-8325
    Fax: (703) 993-4370

  • Norton, Priscilla Designing Digital Learning in Schools Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2015
    Fax: (703) 993-2722

  • Peters Burton, Erin Science Education Email
    Phone: (703) 993-9695
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Samaras, Anastasia Email
    Phone: (703) 993-8154
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Shahrokhi, Farnoosh Teacher Leadership Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2009
    Fax: (703) 993-3643

  • Shaklee, Beverly International Baccalaureate Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2388
    Fax: (703) 993-5771

  • Smith, Robert Teacher Leadership Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5079
    Fax: (703) 993-3643

  • Sprague, Debra Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2069
    Fax: (703) 993-2013



  • Beatty, Dawn Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3603
    Fax: (703) 993-9380

  • Minionis, Felicita Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2794
    Fax: (703) 993-5771


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Grading Policies

Students in a graduate program must maintain a 3.0 GPA (B average). George Mason allows 6 credits of C grades for graduation with a master's degree. However, students in the literacy or gifted concentration who receive a grade of C will not be recommended for state licensure.

Transfer of Credit

No transfer credit is allowed for the core courses or for the literacy/reading concentration or the literacy/reading graduate certificate. The majority of credits applied to a master's degree or graduate certificate must be earned at George Mason after admission to the program. For a master's degree, a minimum of 18 credits must be taken in degree status after admission to the program. For the MEd, up to 6 credits may be transferred from other institutions with advisor approval. For graduate certificates, a maximum of 3 credits may be transferred from Mason Extended Studies or another accredited institution after admission to the program. All transfer credits must have advisor approval. Credits cannot be more than six years old, must be graduate level, and must be graded (grade of B or better, no pass/fail, audit, or school district professional development courses, etc.).


Tuition rates are available at

The ASTL Program has two ways of collecting tuition dependent on class location sites:

  • When ASTL Concentration or Core classes are scheduled to meet ON the Fairfax campus, tuition payments are made through the Bill and Payment System on the Patriot Web or at the GMU Cashier's Office. Go to for details.
  • When ASTL Concentration or Core classes are scheduled to meet at locations OTHER THAN the Fairfax campus (i.e. Arlington, Prince William, or local school sites) the ASTL Program Office processes your enrollment and tuition payment. Please follow directions for Tuition Payments on the ASTL Home Page.

Financial Aid

Information on loans, assistantships, fellowships, and other types of financial aid is available in the Office of Student Financial Aid, which can be reached via telephone at 703-993-2353 or on the web at

Reading Specialist License

Information about procedures for applying for a Reading Specialist license can be found at

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQs

  1. Do I need to be currently employed in education to enroll in this program?
    No. You must have one year of teaching or education-related experience to begin any of the ASTL options.
  2. If someone is not a licensed teacher, but has an interest in education-related fields, such as, museum education, policy, child care, or working with adults centers, can that person apply to ASTL?
    Yes, as long as the individual can document three years of education-related experience.
  3. Will the last 60 credits of course work be a strong consideration for entrance into the program?
    We will consider the entire array of credentials in the admissions process.
  4. Will credits transfer in from another program or from extended studies? You and your advisor will determine how many courses will transfer.
    GSE accepts up to 6 credits of transfer coursework for the MEd and 3 credits for certificates (with advisor approval).Courses from another institution must:
    • be no older than 6 years,
    • be graduate level,
    • be graded B or better, and
    • not have been used for another degree.
    Click here for more answers to frequently asked questions.

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  • All students enrolled in online sections EDUC 613 and/or EDUC 614 in Fall 2014 will need to be registered by the ASTL Program Office. Tuition payments for this course must be made using the online credit card system below using a Visa or Mastercard.

To pay using a credit card, follow these steps:

    Step 1: Click on Pay with Credit Card below.

    Step 2: Enter information in the “captcha” box.

    Step 3: Choose "ASTL EDUC 613" or "ASTL EDUC 614" from the Payment Type drop down menu. If you are taking both courses, you will need to process a payment for each course.

    Complete credit card payment form and select "process."

    Step 4: Complete credit card payment form and select "process."

    Step 5: A receipt will be generated, which you may print at that time. A receipt will also be sent to your GMU email account. Copies of this receipt must be submitted with your enrollment form and can also be used for reimbursement from your school district.

    Step 6: The ASTL Office will process your payment(s) and enrollment(s) as they are received.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ASTL Office at 703-993-3640 or