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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.

College of Education and Human Development

GSE Alumni News


Maria Barrios was named CEHD’s 2019 Exemplary Early Career Teacher

July 19, 2019

Two-time Mason alumnus entering third year at Keene Mill Elementary School. Read more...

CEHD Grad Honored for Paying it Forward

July 20, 2018

For the past 25 years, Gregory Baldwin has seen his work in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) as a calling—and an opportunity to pay it forward to his students. The city of Alexandria recently recognized Baldwin’s passion with its second annual Champions of Children Award, which he received in June. Read more...

Mason Grad is The Washington Post's Teacher of the Year

June 18, 2018

Every morning, Mason alumnus Dan Reichard starts his fifth-grade class at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School in Stafford, Va., with a secret handshake—27 of them, to be exact, one for each of his students. Reichard said it took about two weeks to memorize the handshakes he asked his students to invent at the beginning of the school year. And the students cut Reichard little slack if he forgets even the tiniest nuance. Read more...

CEHD Alumnus Is Virginia’s 2018 National Distinguished Principal

May 10, 2018

On April 4, Andy Jacks was sitting in a meeting with the associate superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools when his secretary called and said there was an emergency in the cafeteria. Jacks had been discussing the power of good leadership with the associate superintendent. Later, Jacks realized that his colleague was engaging in a bit of creative deception. Read more...

Teacher Mentors: Go Slow to Go Fast

October 5, 2017

At Garfield Elementary School in Springfield, Kerry Grochmal has served as a valuable mentor to her colleague, second grade teacher Paige Kvartunas. “When Kerry and I walk into each other’s rooms to meet and plan it is a feeling of comfort, familiarity, safety, and security,” says Paige who has just begun her first year as a teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools. ...excerpted from the Fairfax County Public Schools Blog Read more...

Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation about the Changing Landscape of Education Policy

September 6, 2017

The field of education policy is constantly changing. But there is a way to make sense of an area in perpetual flux. College of Education and Human Development Dean Mark R. Ginsberg will moderate “Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation about the Changing Landscape of Education Policy,” presented by CEHD. A panel of distinguished Mason faculty will discuss the current landscape of issues, their implication for education practice in schools, and the learning and development of students in Virginia and throughout the nation. Read more...

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

July 10, 2017

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...

Mason Alumnus is The Washington Post’s Principal of the Year

June 7, 2017

When Nathaniel Provencio became the first in his family to attend college, he felt a sense of obligation more than privilege. “I knew,” he said, “that if I was going to go to university, I needed to do something where I could give back to the community. Teaching is one of the best ways to do that.” ...excerpted from Mason News Read more...

CEHD Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

May 15, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Britt J. Davis, the 2017 College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni recipient. Davis received the award at the April 26 Celebration of Distinction awards banquet hosted by Mason’s Alumni Association. He is a two-time graduate of George Mason University, graduating in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in parks, recreation, and leisure studies and in 1996 with a master of public administration degree. Read more...

You're Invited! The Color of My Writing: Reflections on Race, Sport, and American Culture

August 22, 2016

CEHD and George Mason University Alumni can enjoy several "signature" University-wide events every year to welcome our Alumni back to campus. This fall, you're invited to The Color of My Writing: Reflections on Race, Sport, and American Culture presentation by Dr. David Wiggins. Read more...

Alumnus Makes a Difference as Founder of Ellie's Hats

January 4, 2016

Jay Coakley is a physical education teacher whose compassion for a kindergartener facing cancer grew into a nationwide charity. Read more...

Nominate a Teacher for the Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award 2016

December 15, 2015

Do you know an extraordinary teacher who deserves a $2,500 award? Nominate him or her today! Nominations are due February 29. Read more...

Enjoy These Videos from "An Evening With Professor Behrmann"

December 4, 2015

Enjoy these video excerpts from the special CEHD event featuring Mike Behrmann, held during Mason Alumni Weekend 2015. Read more...

Alumna Receives CLD Outstanding Researcher Award

October 28, 2015

Congratulations to Anne Eichorn Brawand (PhD Education '13), recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Council for Learning Disabilities. Read more...

You're Invited! An Evening With Professor Behrmann

August 25, 2015

Register today for this special CEHD event, part of Mason's Alumni Weekend 2015. All students, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to attend! Read more...

Welcome to New Co-Presidents of CEHD Alumni Chapter

July 16, 2015

The alumni chapter of the College of Education and Human Development welcomes two new co-presidents. Read more...

2015 Agnes Meyer Honorees and Other Award-Winning CEHD Alumni

April 13, 2015

Congratulations to the award-winning educators who are alumni of the College of Education and Human Development. You make us proud! Read more...

Meet More Than 40 Employers at Education Recruitment Day – March 18, Dewberry Hall

March 17, 2015

They're hiring! Students and alumni are invited to attend the 2015 Education Recruitment Day job fair to meet with more than 40 Washington-area employers. Read more...

What Do We Look for When Hiring? The Superintendents' Perspective [Video]

December 16, 2014

Thinking about applying for an administrator position? Check out this video for an inside look from four Northern Virginia assistant superintendents. Read more...

CEHD Alumna Makes Team Sports Accessible for Children With Autism

September 22, 2014

Margarita Benavides, a graduate of the Special Education program, is the founder of a growing team sports program for children with special needs. Read more...

Alumna Honored as Finalist for 2014 National Teacher of the Year

May 2, 2014

Melissa Porfirio calls it a “tremendous honor.” The alumna of George Mason University’s Graduate School of Education was among four finalists honored May 1 by President Obama at a White House ceremony announcing the 2014 National Teacher of the Year. Read More...


More than 55 Education Employers Will Be at Mason Education Career Fair on March 19

March 18, 2014

George Mason University students and alumni are invited to the Education Career Fair on Wednesday, March 19 to meet with more than 55 education employers! Read More...


Kathy Beatty Named Outstanding Virginia Mathematics Educator 2014

February 13, 2014

George Mason University graduate Kathy Beatty was named the 2014 Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Read More...


Deadline is Feb 28 for Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award 2014

January 30, 2014

Do you know of an early career teacher who is exceptionally talented and effective in the classroom? Nominate him or her for a $2,500 award! Read More...


Stephanie Chlebus Receives Presidential Award for Math Teaching

January 6, 2014

George Mason University graduate Stephanie Chlebus was recently named the Virginia winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Read More...


2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year Melissa Porfirio is CEHD Alumna

October 14, 2013

First grade teacher Melissa Porfirio, an alumna of George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development, was named Virginia's 2014 Teacher of the Year. Read More...


CEHD Alumna Melissa Porfirio is Named FCPS 2013 Teacher of the Year

April 16, 2013

First grade teacher Melissa Porfirio, an alumna of George Mason University's Graduate School of Education, was named 2013 Teacher of the Year by Fairfax County Public Schools. Read More...