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.

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Each student is responsible for knowing Mason’s rules, regulations, requirements, administrative policies and academic policies. The University Catalog, your program advisors, and the staff in the Student and Academic Affairs Office are key resources to assist you as you work toward completion of your degree requirements. It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester to review degree progress and plan for future semesters.

You Have the Keys to Success:

  1. Be an Informed Student

    It is your responsibility to know where you are in completing your requirements. Your advisor is a resource to assist you. If you choose not to meet with your advisor you may miss key information and opportunities to make your experience at Mason a more valuable one.
  2. Read your Mason E-mail

    Students are responsible for the content of university communication sent to their Mason e-mail account (@masonlive.gmu.edu) and are required to activate that account and check it regularly. If you wish to forward your @masonlive.gmu.edu e-mails to a personal account please do so as soon as possible once admitted to avoid missing key communications from various university offices.
  3. Know and Use your Resources

    Friends and other CEHD students are great but they are not reliable sources of information for your individual degree requirements/progress. A reliable resource is a paid Mason employee and the subject matter expert on the question at hand (i.e. Licensure, Endorsements, Advising, Career Services, Admissions, Registrar, ITU Support, etc.). When in doubt, ask your advisor!

Where to look for Advising

Contact the Counseling and Development program at counsel@gmu.edu. Faculty and staff will answer any questions that you may have about your program or degree.

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EDCD Courses

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Faculty

  • Bemak, Frederic Academic Program Coordinator Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3941
    Fax: (703) 993-5577

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  • Carney, Jennifer Email
    Phone: (703) 993-4404
    Fax: (703) 993-5577

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  • Chung, Rita Chi-Ying Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3899
    Fax: (703) 993-5577

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  • Ginsberg, Mark Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2004
    Fax: (703) 993-2001

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  • Goodman, Rachael Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5242
    Fax: (703) 993-5577

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  • Stone, Victoria Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5342
    Fax: (703) 993-5577

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  • Talleyrand, Regine Email
    Phone: (703) 993-4419
    Fax: (703) 993-5577

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Staff

  • Paraggio, Lynne Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3844
    Fax: (703) 993-4370

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  • West, Dorothy Office Manager Email
    Phone: 703-993-2087
    Fax: 703-993-5577

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Professional Performance Criteria

The American Counseling Association code of ethics requires counselors and counselor trainees to maintain standards of professional competence and possess good moral character. Therefore, the Counseling and Development Program requires these Professional Dispositions.

APA Guidelines

All students taking Counseling & Development courses are expected to use APA style described in detail in the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th Ed., 2010) for all written work. Students are expected to purchase this book.

Attendance Policy

Two or more unexcused absences may result in no credit for the courses that are 3 credits or more. For 2 credit courses, one or more unexcused absences may result in no credit for the course. For 1 credit courses, no unexcused absences are permitted.

Readmission Policy

Admitted students who do not attend classes for two consecutive semesters (excluding the summer term) are automatically dropped from degree-seeking status. These students must apply for readmission to the program in order to return to degree-seeking status. To apply for readmission, students must:

  1. Submit a statement describing (a) reasons for seeking readmission, and (b) current professional goals and activities.
  2. Submit a minimum of three letters from professional references who can address your readmission to the Counseling and Development program.
  3. Submit a current transcript
  4. Complete a Graduate Re-enrollment Form.
  5. Observe the regular GSE admission deadlines.

Students requesting readmission may then be invited to an admission interview. Readmission is granted only upon Counseling and Development full-time faculty's evaluation of the applicant's qualifications, interview, and past program participation.

Non-Degree

The non-degree extended study option is available for individuals who have missed the deadline for submitting a complete graduate application and desire to begin taking courses, or are interested in learning more about the field of counseling. Courses that may be taken as a non-degree student include EDCD 601: Introduction to Research in Counseling; EDCD 602: Foundations of Counseling; and EDCD 525: Advanced Human Growth and Development. After admission into the program, all three courses may be transferred into the master's program.

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Program and Multiple Faculty Recognitions

  • Two DVDs were produced by Alexander Street Press in 2012 on the C&D program’s unique training (Training Social Justice Counselors: Walking the Talk) and the C&D faculty’s innovative outreach program, Counselors Without Borders (Counselors Without Borders: Making Change for a Better World).
  • Drs. Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Fred Bemak were included as 2 of 5 people in the American Counseling Association Introductory Film, entitled Giving Back to the Community, for the American Counseling Association’s Annual Conference in 2011.
  • Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Chapter Award for Exemplary Chapter Webpage, 2006

Dr. Fred Bemak

  • President-Elect, 2013-2014, American Counseling Association Counselors for Social Justice Division
  • Kitty Cole Human Rights Award, 2013, American Counseling Association National Award
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2012, Department of Educational Sciences, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey
  • Professional Advancement, 2012, Association for Specialists in Group Work Award
  • Taiwanese Research Visiting Scholar, 2011, Awarded position to study school counseling in Taiwan through the Taiwan Ministry of Education
  • Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, 2011, American Counseling Association National Award
  • Courtland Lee Social Justice Award, 2011, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American Psychological Association Fellow, 2009
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (A Division of the American Counseling Association) Fellow, 2006
  • O'Hana Award for Social Justice Work 2004, Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), a Division of the American Counseling Association.
  • Fulbright Scholar, 1994-1995
  • Kellogg Foundation Fellowship in International Development and Leadership, 1988-1990

Dr. Rita Chi-Ying Chung

  • President of Counselors for Social Justice (Division of the American Counseling Association) 2015-2016
  • 2015 American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow.
  • 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow, Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race).
  • 2014 Social Psychology Network Action Teaching Award, Honorable Mention.
  • 2013 American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow, Division 52 (International Psychology).
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • Commendation Award for work on Human Rights and Social Justice, 2013, Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly
  • Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, 2013, American Counseling Association National Award
  • Kitty Cole Human Rights Award, 2012, American Counseling Association National Award
  • Professional Advancement Award, 2012, Association for Specialists in Group Work
  • Courtland Lee Social Justice Award, 2011, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Kitty Cole Human Rights Award, 2011, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Invited to speak about Child Trafficking at United Nations, 2008, United Nations, New York
  • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Fellow 2008, ASGW a Division of the American Counseling Association
  • O'hana Honors Award for Social Justice Work 2004, Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), a Division of the American Counseling Association.

Dr. Rachael D. Goodman

  • Coordinator, Counselors Without Borders, 2013, outreach to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
  • Editorial Board Member, 2011-2014, Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC)
  • Pre-Conference Service Day Coordinator, 2013, Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
  • Emerging Leaders Fellow, 2010, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)
  • Outstanding Research Award, 2009, Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International
  • Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Multicultural Counseling/Diversity Student Research Award, 2009, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • President, Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, 2009-2010

Tori Stone, PhD, LPC

  • Human Rights and Social Justice Committee Member, Virginia School Counselor Association 2010 – 2013.
  • Above and Beyond Award, Prince William County, VA, Student Services, 2012.
  • Coordinator, American School Counselor Association Recognized ASCA Model School Counseling Program (Re-RAMP) application, Bull Run Middle School, Prince William County, VA., 2011.
  • Coordinator, American School Counselor Association Recognized ASCA Model School Counseling Program (RAMP) application, Bull Run Middle School, Prince William County, VA., 2008.
  • Middle School Vice President, Virginia School Counselor Association, 2006 – 2007
  • Secretary, Virginia School Counselor Association, 2004 – 2005
  • Middle School Counselor of the Year, Virginia School Counselor Association, 2002.

Dr. Regine M. Talleyrand

  • Editorial Board Member, 2012-present, Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology
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Counseling and Development Student Recognition:

The Counseling and Development faculty are proud to announce that Mirella Saldaña has been selected as Virginia School Counselor Association’s (VSCA) Graduate Student of Year!

Mirella demonstrates excellence in scholarship as well as a commitment to our program mission of social justice, advocacy, multiculturalism, and leadership. She works as a program coordinator in the Early Identification program, helping first generation college students to find academic success at Mason. Mirella is a passionate advocate for recent immigrant students and volunteers her time working with the Mason DREAMers program to promote a more inclusive educational climate for undocumented students. She also has facilitated focus groups with undocumented students in Fairfax County in an effort to identify their mental health needs. Mirella will be honored at the upcoming VSCA conference October 11-13 in Hampton, Virginia. Please join us in wishing her congratulations!