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.

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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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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 45 credit hour program 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. All programs are sequenced and follow a cohort model. Click on the Elementary Education programs listed below to find out how to become an elementary school teacher.

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

CEHD Alumna Kaleigh O’Donnell Receives Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award

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Kaleigh O’Donnell (MEd ’15) is the 2017 recipient of Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation’s Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award. The award is given to an alumnus or alumna of CEHD who has demonstrated excellence, leadership, and innovation in the classroom within the first three years of teaching in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Read more...

Videos Explore PDS Approach to Mentoring, Feedback

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The College of Education and Human Development at Virginia’s George Mason University (GMU) and its professional development school (PDS) partners have established leadership teams to plan robust and personalized training programs for teacher candidates. The teams at the university and school sites work together to engage interns in well-rounded experiences, such as by involving them in local school activities, to help fulfill their individualized professional development plans.

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Sharon Plante Wins GMU Alumni Award

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Congratulations to Sharon LePage Plante winner of a George Mason University 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education and Human Development. She speaks to GMU's graduating class on May 14. Read more...

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