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.

Current Student Information

AdvisingMore Less

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 ( and are required to activate that account and check it regularly. If you wish to forward your 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 Elementary Education at An Advisor will answer any questions that you may have about your program or degree.

Faculty & StaffMore Less


  • Parker, Audra Academic Program Coordinator Email
    Phone: (703) 993-9717
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Bean, Amanda Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5253
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Edkins, Teresa Email
    Phone: (410) 599-4025
    Fax: (703) 993-5701

  • Gilbert, Andrew Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3497
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Groth, Lois Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2139
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Levine-Brown, Elizabeth Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5345
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Parsons, Seth Email
    Phone: (703) 993-6559
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Sprague, Debra Email
    Phone: (703) 993-2069
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Suh, Jennifer Email
    Phone: (703) 993-9119
    Fax: (703) 993-3643


Affiliated Faculty

  • Baker, Courtney Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5081
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

  • Dodman, Stephanie Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3841
    Fax: (703) 993-9380

  • Hathaway, Jennifer Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5789
    Fax: (703) 993-5300

  • Parsons, Allison Email
    Phone: (703) 993-5257
    Fax: (703) 993-5300

  • Wills, Theresa Email
    Phone: (703) 993-6215
    Fax: (703) 993-3643



  • Speier, Mathilde Program Manager & Outreach Coordinator Email
    Phone: (703) 993-3696
    Fax: (703) 993-2013

Professional Development Schools (PDSs)More Less

Professional Development Schools (PDSs) are innovative institutions formed through partnerships between education programs and P-12 schools.

Their mission of PDS partnerships is to take joint responsibility for:

  • Teacher preparation
  • Faculty development
  • Enhanced student learning
  • Inquiry directed at the improvement of practice

"Traditional" model of teacher preparation: The internship is thought of like a one-way street where the intern is the focus of learning—the only person constructing knowledge. And where the school and university are separate entities.

traditional model of teacher preparations

PDS model of teacher preparation looks more like this, with enhanced student learning being everyone's ultimate goal. Student learning in this model is a shared enterprise.

PDS model of teacher preparations

ResourcesMore Less

Program Documents

Please refer to Student Clinical Practice: Field Experiences & Internships for information on Handbooks, New Student Handbooks, Internship Applications, Internship Manuals, and Internship Form Guidebooks.

Virginia Testing Resources

Grading Policies

Students in a graduate program must maintain a 3.000 GPA (B average). Endorsement course work grades must be C or better for undergraduate courses and B or better for graduate courses. Grades of B or better are required for all graduate-level education course work for licensure.


Financial Aid

Information on loans, assistantships, fellowships, and other types of financial aid is available in the Office of Student Financial Aid which can be reached via telephone at 703.993.2353 or on the web at

Endorsement Review

As the Elementary Education program office does not advise on endorsements, for all questions related to endorsements please see