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.

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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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2019 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities


We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting presentation proposals for the State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, happening Read more...

Dr. Kimberly R Avila Hosted a Doctoral Degree Webinar


Dr. Kimberly R Avila hosted the doctoral degree webinar on 1/10/19 with a panel and 24 participants nationwide. We are grateful for opportunity to use the KIHD name to advertise. Below is the link Read more...

Dr. Ainsworth Wins the Adjunct Faculty Service Award.

Congratulations to Melissa Ainsworth for Winning the Adjunct Faculty Service Award! Read more...

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