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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Reflective. Responsive. Ready.

Teaching elementary-aged children is one of the most popular and rewarding careers! The Mason Elementary PDS program prepares teachers who are...

  • Reflective teachers who are
  • Responsive to students' diverse needs and
  • Ready to advance the 21st Century classroom

With inquiry at its core, the Mason Elementary Education PDS Program fosters a continuous learning orientation. Our strong partnerships with local PK-6 schools ensure that teacher candidates are immersed in classroom settings with elementary students throughout their teacher preparation program. Graduates recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.

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Program Description

The M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education Concentration Program provides professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students attending today's elementary schools. The program includes Pre-Kindergarten-6th grade initial licensure and is situated Professional Development Schools (PDS) in the Mason Elementary Education PDS Network. Our PDS supports an inquiry stance and fosters critical thinking and problem-solving among elementary students, parents, in-service teachers, school/division administrators, pre-service teachers, and university/school faculty in the 21st century.

This soon to be 39 credit hour program (credit hour decrease in process) is aligned with the college’s five core values of collaboration, ethical leadership, innovation, research-based practice, and social justice. Students may choose from two routes with start dates in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

The Elementary Education Program also offers a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Program. Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within an accelerated time frame.

Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series

The 2017 Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series highlights four colleges of education and their PK-12 partners providing effective clinical practice programs. It features George Mason University (VA), St. John’s University (NY), the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and California State University Long Beach. In these segments, educator preparation faculty, teacher candidates, and graduates join PK-12 school administrators, mentor teachers, and students to share their perspectives on why and how to create a far-reaching learning community.

News and Announcements

2017 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities


The 2017 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held Syracuse Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center November 15th &16th, 2017.

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Dr. Leigh Ann Kurz receives Fall 2018 Gerald Wallace Award

At the College of Education and Human Development division meeting Dr. Leigh Ann Kurz received Fall 2018 Gerald Wallace Doctoral Dissertation Excellence In Special Education Award for her dissertation. Read more...

USAID has released a Toolkit for International Education Stakeholders

Universal Design for Learning to Help All Children Read: Promoting Literacy for Learners with Disabilities. Linda Mason contributed to this document that will be shared globally to support literacy for individuals with disAbility. Read more...

Research that helps Teachers get with the (Computer) Program

Don’t worry Virginia teachers, Amy Hutchison feels your pain and is here to help. The associate professor at George Mason University and director of Mason’s Division of Elementary, Literacy and Secondary Education understands that teaching the new mandatory Standards of Learning for computer science in Virginia’s public schools can seem daunting to those who do not have a computer science background. Read more...

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