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.

All Elementary Education students complete an internship (aka student teaching) as part of their program.

The internship takes place under the guidance of a mentor teacher within a school that is a part of our Professional Development School (PDS) Network. In a PDS partnership, the elementary school and the teacher preparation program take joint responsibility for:

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

A "traditional" model of teacher preparation is 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. The PDS model is more collaborative, where PK-6 student learning is everyone’s ultimate goal.

BSEd students complete the internship courses during their senior year (fall and spring). MEd students, depending upon their cohort, will complete either a semester-long (SL) or year-long (YL) internship during their final year.

Prior to enrolling in the internship course, all students must complete the internship application and meet all requirements. Information about the process, including deadlines and an internship handbook, can be found on the CEHD Student Internship website.

Students do not arrange their own internship placement but instead are placed by CEHD in accordance with university and program policies. The internship follows the school district calendar, and students are required to be at the school site Monday through Friday and maintain the same hours as their mentor teacher with the exception of days in which they may need to leave early for a class at Mason. A mandatory internship orientation prior to the internship semester will provide students with details about their role and responsibilities.