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.

Education Leadership

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Our Education Leadership graduates are making a difference in leadership positions in education and policy at the community, school, district, state, and national levels.

The Master’s degree in Education Leadership is designed to prepare candidates for leadership and management positions in a variety of educational settings. This program emphasizes an understanding of the complexities of change in schools, communities, and organizations. Participants develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision making, reflective practice, and successful achievement of all students.

Learning opportunities are presented in large and small group discussions, on-the-job training, case studies, lectures, scenarios, simulations, problem-based activities, and internship experiences which are integrated into the course work.

Who should apply?

Ideal candidates are interested in pursuing school or district level administration positions as instructional leaders and...

  • Are invested in improving instruction and student achievement
  • Are self-directed and focused on connecting theory to practice
  • Are prepared to engage in scholarly and professional dialogue through collaboration
  • Are committed to life-long learning
  • Are willing to embrace a disposition for advocacy, integrity, intellectual curiosity, and responsibility for one’s own learning

Program Requirements:

      Bachelor’s degree from a

regionally accredited

    institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study (Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)
  • At least two years of documented successful, full-time teaching in an accredited public or non-public school.
  • Valid Teaching License

*Contact edleprog@gmu.edu for questions on exceptions to the requirements listed above.

Application Materials:

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Goals statement (750 -1000 words) that addresses reasons for choosing leadership as a profession
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended (applicants do not need to send transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
  • Two recommendation forms completed by professional references targeting leadership skills and academic abilities (both must be from a current and/or past administrator/supervisors)
  • Current resume

The last step in the admissions process will be an interview. You must complete the online admissions application and submit all required information by listed deadlines in order to be scheduled for an interview.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Mason’s Education Leadership program is supported by a large faculty, comprised of professors with impressive backgrounds as researchers, entrepreneurs, and current and former district level leaders, such as superintendents and principals. Each has a genuine interest in developing your potential to positively impact PK-12 student learning.
  • A selective admissions process means you’ll learn alongside colleagues who are experienced, high-performing educators. Your fellow students will become part of a professional network that lasts a lifetime.
  • The Education Leadership program is nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).
  • The program includes all coursework required for Virginia licensure in Administration and Supervision PK-12.
  • The program is carefully structured for an online format and designed to fit a busy life, with 1-2 courses offered online each semester. This allows for timely completion with most students earning a master’s degree within two years.
  • Mason is a great value, with in-state graduate tuition among the lowest of comparable institutions.