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.

Cambridge Teaching Experience for Pre-service Teachers

Mason Study Abroad and the Elementary Education program offer the Cambridge Schools Experience each fall semester. This study abroad experience provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers in the Elementary Education B/AM program or MEd in Curriculum and Instruction-Elementary Education program at Mason to immerse themselves in elementary teaching and learning in an international setting. The month-long experience, situated in primary schools in Cambridge, England, will provide Mason pre-service teachers with an opportunity to develop their instructional and management skills in collaboration with host teachers at the school site.

Students will be placed in pairs at a school site in Cambridge, England. At the chosen school site, each student will be partnered individually with a host teacher for the duration of the program. A Mason faculty member will accompany the students for the full four weeks and complete informal observations of each student during the four-week period.

In addition to their observations, students are expected to keep up with their Mason courses back home and complete online coursework through Blackboard. There will also be mandatory weekly evening seminars with the faculty member supervising the experience in Cambridge.The purpose of these seminars is to debrief school experiences, with a particular emphasis on making meaning of their new learning in an international context. These seminar discussions will culminate in a collaborative project and presentation that students will share with faculty at Mason and in their U.S. internship site, as well as their cohort peers.

Visit the Global Education Office website for additional information on costs, highlights, and how to apply.