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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.

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.

College of Education and Human Development

GSE Faculty News

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Rita Chi-Ying Chung finishing a celebrated faculty career by doing some of her greatest work

September 4, 2019

Counseling professor thinks back on Mason career and her many students. Read more...
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George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development Dean Mark R. Ginsberg announced the creation of three new schools within the college.

August 28, 2019

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, and the School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management. Read more...
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CEHD Welcomes Six New Instructional Faculty Members

August 22, 2019

Dean Mark Ginsberg announced the addition of six new instructional faculty for the 2019-20 school year. Read more...
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Elementary Education program teams up with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

August 22, 2019

Graduate students learn ways to mix music, dance, and drama into curriculum. Read more...
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Fred Bemak leaving major impact on Counseling and Development program that will be felt after his retirement

August 22, 2019

Counselors Without Borders founder reflects on time at Mason. Read more...
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Pop-up traffic garden provides a non-crash course in road safety

August 20, 2019

CEHD faculty, students test data-collection process with ‘dry run’ at Mason’s Child Development Center. Read more...
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CEHD professor speaks at conference in Turkey on challenges facing Syrian refugee children

July 17, 2019

Counseling professor Fred Bemak recommends culturally responsive model of psycho-social support Read more...
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Board of Visitors names Anne Holton interim president

June 20, 2019

The George Mason University Board of Visitors today unanimously voted to appoint former Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton as the university’s interim president. The appointment will take effect August 1. Read more...
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Former Virginia Education Secretary Concerned About Teaching Profession

May 22, 2019

Drops in students pursuing teaching profession worry former education secretary. Read more...
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Sixteen CEHD Faculty Members Receive Promotion and/or Tenure

May 15, 2019

Dean Ginsberg announced that sixteen faculty members received promotion and/or tenure. Read more...
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Learning Abroad

May 10, 2019

Spring break program explores Assistive Technology in South Korea. Read more...
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Counseling Duo Earns Top Honors

April 29, 2019

Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Frederic Bemak are two of just five at the university to receive Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence. Read more...
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Award-Winning Research

April 29, 2019

Mason Researchers Contribute to Award-Winning Paper on Adaptive Teaching. Read more...
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Kid-Sized ‘Traffic Parks’ Are D.C.’s New Playgrounds With A Purpose

April 11, 2019

Education and transportation officials say traffic gardens are one creative way to teach the next generation of pedestrians and cyclists. Read more...
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An online window into autism

April 10, 2019

Wiley multimedia gives online special education students unprecedented access to case studies. Read more...
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Creating a Hub for Holocaust Education at Mason

April 5, 2019

For the past year, Mark Helmsing has been intensely studying the Holocaust. His research focuses on the affective and emotional dimensions of history — how people feel about the past, and how the past makes them feel in return. Read more...
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CEHD Ranks Highly in U.S. News & World Report Graduate Program Rankings, Among Others

April 4, 2019

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) has recently made a strong showing in a trio of prestigious rankings, each of which uses different metrics to rank schools and programs against others in the U.S.—and in one case, around the world. Read more...
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AERA Review of Research Award

March 29, 2019

CEHD faculty members Seth Parsons and Allison Ward Parsons, in addition to doctoral students Melissa Gallagher and Melissa Pierczynski, received the AERA Review of Research Award. Read more...
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Research that helps Teachers get with the (Computer) Program

October 26, 2018

Don’t worry Virginia teachers, Amy Hutchison feels your pain and is here to help. The associate professor at George Mason University and director of Mason’s Division of Elementary, Literacy and Secondary Education understands that teaching the new mandatory Standards of Learning for computer science in Virginia’s public schools can seem daunting to those who do not have a computer science background. Read more...
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Award Spotlights Mason Research, Outreach

October 12, 2018

Given a chance to use role-playing to solve real-world problems, middle schoolers who might be overlooked for advanced academic programs can perform just as well as their high-achieving peers, research by George Mason University assistant professor Anne Horak has shown. For the third consecutive year, the curriculum written for that research has won an award. Read more...
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Fostering Student Computational Thinking with Self-Regulated Learning

October 2, 2018

Fostering Student Computational Thinking with Self-Regulated Learning is a new $3.5M (over 5 years) NSF-funded STEM+C grant that will advance research and development of new transdisciplinary approaches to computational STEM teaching and learning. Read more...
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WEGO-RIITE: Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizers - Responsive Instruction while Implementing Technology Effectively

October 1, 2018

Anna Evmenova, Kelley Regan, and Amy Hutchison won a $2.5M award (over 5 years) for “WEGO-RIITE: Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizers - Responsive Instruction while Implementing Technology Effectively” funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education. Read more...
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Preparing K-5 Teachers to Integrate the Computer Science Standards of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms to Support Students with High Incidence Disabilities

August 28, 2018

A new NSF award was granted to Amy Hutchison and colleagues for a project that brings together faculty from George Mason University and Old Dominion University, the non-profit group CodeVA and Norfolk City Public Schools (NCPS) to broaden participation in Computer Science in Virginia. Read more...
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Professor Takes Teacher Research from Tennessee to Mason

August 28, 2018

For the past four years, Seth Hunter has been researching teacher evaluations and teacher observations in Tennessee. Before coming to Mason just a few months ago, Hunter worked in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education while he was a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University. It was his extensive work with Tennessee education standards that brought him back to the state in July, when Hunter was invited to a Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) summit to discuss his research findings. Read more...
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Professor's Research Shows How the Digital Revolution is Creating an Evolution in Learning

July 23, 2018

Thanks to digital technologies such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, students are creating personal learning environments in which they choose the tools, times and methods by which they learn. Institutions should help students make the best use of those technologies, George Mason University professor Nada Dabbagh said. Read more...
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Using Music to Change the World

July 10, 2018

For Shelley Wong, an associate professor of multilingual and multicultural education at George Mason University, music is an important tool in the teaching of languages. “It’s a way to lose your inhibitions,” she said. Music, or songs, to be more precise, are central to the proposal Wong used to win a Fulbright Fellowship, which will allow her to travel to the West Bank in Palestine, where she will teach grammar to students majoring in English and instructors at Birzeit University in Ramallah and also engage them in discussions about justice, peace and reconciliation. Read more...
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The Schar School and College of Education and Human Development Launch a New Master’s-Level Education Policy Track

June 18, 2018

Leading scholars and education policy practitioners from George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the Schar School of Policy and Government will help students understand how education policy is debated, created, and implemented in a new master's level program this fall. The graduate-level emphasis area, Education Policy, is offered in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program and is spearheaded by CEHD associate professor Spiros Protopsaltis, a former deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Education and senior Senate aide, and former Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton, now a visiting professor at CEHD and the Schar School. Read more...
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Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Business

May 2, 2018

In a career focused on learning design that has spanned decades, Shahron Williams van Rooij, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Instructional Design and Technology program, has come to a realization: professionals in the world of education who want to make the jump to business often struggle. Read more...
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April 30, 2018

Pablo Ramirez Uribe, a master’s student at George Mason University studying secondary education and English, said it was quite a revelation when he learned how to really be successful as teacher. More than planning, more than constructing assignments, is the ability to connect with students. “It’s go into a school and help these people grow,” Ramirez Uribe said. That was Ramirez Uribe’s takeaway from a program called “Through Students Eyes,” developed by George Mason education professor Kristien Zenkov. Read more...
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Counselors Without Borders Provides Counseling Services in Puerto Rico

April 20, 2018

In March several faculty members from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University had the opportunity to travel to a rural area of Puerto Rico with a small team from Counselors Without Borders. Among the people they met was a 25-year-old who had begun withdrawing from society before Hurricane Maria hit the island last September. After the storm wreaked its devastation, his condition worsened. Read more...
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CEHD Helps Support Adjunct Faculty Self-Study Collaborative at Mason

March 25, 2018

More than 20 adjunct faculty from colleges and disciplines across the university—as well as an equally diverse group of facilitators—met on March 5 to talk, share their visions, practice as educators, and begin to design a self-study teacher research project. After brief introductions by the facilitators and warm welcoming remarks by College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Dean Mark Ginsberg and Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Director Shelley Reid (sponsors of the project along with Faculty Affairs and Development in the Office of the Provost), participants formed critical friend teams to create and share the initial sketching of a personal-situated teaching inquiry to improve their students’ learning. Read more...
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Leading the Way for Schools, Businesses to Shape Students’ Career Paths

March 13, 2018

For Arne Duncan, the key to successfully educating and preparing students for career paths is relevance. “Students want to know what they are doing in the classroom is relevant in the real world,” the former U.S. Secretary of Education said. “Kids should know that if I take this class I can get this internship, and this internship will lead to a real job. If we can get to that point, we’re going to be in great shape.” Read more...
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Mason Team Helps Heal Scars from Disaster

March 1, 2018

Fred Bemak remembers all the hugs and tears. They inevitably come, he said, when his Counselors Without Borders team is on location helping hundreds—sometimes thousands—of people healing from the emotional scars of a disaster. “It’s the person who is grabbing and hugging you, thanking you for being there,” the George Mason University professor said. “That’s huge.” For 13 years Counselors Without Borders has traveled the world into areas devastated by floods, wildfires and storms, offering culturally responsive humanitarian counseling in post-disaster situations. Read more...
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Education in a Time of Divisiveness, Lessons on Listening at a Virginia School

February 27, 2018

One student questioned her father about his conservative views on gay rights. Another approached a friend from camp about their divergent opinions on President Trump. And a third pressed his cousin on his ardent support for guns. In a climate of political and social divisiveness, when social media often doubles as an echo chamber, educators issued a challenge to 12th-graders at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria that seemed, at once, simple and extraordinary — find someone different from themselves, with whom they disagree on a foundational issue, and talk. Read more...
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Mason's Fred Bemak Receives Outstanding Faculty Award from State

January 23, 2018

Fred Bemak, a professor and academic program coordinator of George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development counseling and development program, is a recipient of a 2018 Oustanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Bemak, in the College of Education and Human Development, is one of 12 recipients selected from 83 nominees, and the 21st George Mason recipient since the award’s inception in 1987. Read more...
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CEHD Professor Consults on App for Children With ‘Parents at the Center’

January 17, 2018

If you’re an enormous social media company looking to adapt some of your technology for younger children, you want to make sure you’re creating a fun user experience—but also a safe one. That’s what Facebook was recently looking to do. While preparing to put together what eventually became Messenger Kids, which launched in late 2017, the company consulted with experts on children and media. One of those experts was Kevin Clark, CEHD professor and director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity. Read more...
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CEHD Alumnus Appointed Virginia’s Next Education Secretary

January 5, 2018

A middle school teacher in Prince William County was appointed Virginia’s next education secretary by Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D). The announcement that Atif Qarni — a civics, economics, U.S. history and math teacher at Beville Middle School in Woodbridge — would join Northam’s Cabinet was made at the school Thursday by the governor-elect. Read more...
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Mason Professor Receives Award for ‘Vision’ Research

December 19, 2017

When Seth Parsons arrived at Mason in 2008, he was curious about something. Teaching can obviously be a tough job. So what makes a teacher stick it out? “There has to be something that sustains excellent teachers who remain in the field,” says Parsons, an associate professor at CEHD. Read more...
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Mason Hosts Provocative Symposium on Research in Comparative and International Education

November 27, 2017

How can research practices be more socially and culturally inclusive? Are the values of our participants being recognized and honored? Does our research perpetuate systems of inequality or oppression? These were just a few of the challenging questions that over 200 researchers, professors, leaders, and graduate students wrestled with at the second annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) symposium hosted by George Mason University at the Arlington Campus last month Read more...
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Anne Holton Adds to Her Family's Mason Legacy

November 27, 2017

The first time Anne Holton was on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus after being hired as a visiting professor, the former Virginia Secretary of Education made sure to walk to the plaza dedicated to her father. A. Linwood Holton Jr. was Virginia’s governor in 1972, and signed the bill that separated then-George Mason College from the University of Virginia. “I’m a fan of George Mason for so many reasons,” Anne Holton said, “but especially because of the connection with my dad.” Read more...
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Mason’s ASL Program Moves Forward with ‘Native Speaker’

November 2, 2017

The hiring of Kevin Taylor as program coordinator of George Mason University’s American Sign Language Program is a milestone of sorts. Previously, the program ran primarily with adjunct professors, said Pam Baker, director of the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research in the College of Education and Human Development. Read more...
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Math Professor Takes Positive Ideas on Math to South Korea

October 13, 2017

In South Korea, students’ abilities in mathematics are extremely high. But there’s an issue. “The achievement is so high but the attitude toward it, the feeling toward it, is so negative,” says Jennifer Suh, an associate professor of mathematics education at Mason. “So they needed to do something.” Read more...
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Mason Professor Wins Prestigious Evaluation Award

September 25, 2017

In his 20-year teaching career, College of Education and Human Development Professor Rodney Hopson has received several awards for his work in the field of evaluation. But no award has yet compared to the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) prestigious Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award. Recently, Hopson was named the winner of the 2017 award. Read more...
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Thirteen New CEHD Faculty Members Bring Experience From Public Schools to the Federal Government

September 19, 2017

This fall, more than a dozen distinguished professors are joining the ranks of the College of Education and Human Development’s (CEHD) faculty. From long-time professors and experienced public school instructors to faculty who have held important jobs at the federal and state government levels, the new crop of faculty members brings a wealth of talent, knowledge, and experience to the college.

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Two Faculty Share Their Experiences at the National Science Foundation

September 19, 2017

After three-year appointments at the National Science Foundation (NSF), two College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) faculty have returned to the college this fall—though they’ll continue to bridge the gap between the federal government and the university in part-time roles. Read more...
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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...
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Transformative Teaching Program Showcased on WJLA

July 12, 2017

CEHD faculty, Betsy DeMulder, Stacia Stribling, and Jenice View were invited to WJLA’s Let’s Talk Live television program to discuss the Transformative Teaching Program. Transformative teaching is a multi-layered practice grounded in democratic leadership. It is the practice of protecting all and fostering equitable treatment, often through activism or negotiation with the school system. This form of transformative leadership relies on emotional intelligence and is cultivated through mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Read more...
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Mason’s College of Education and Human Development Adds High-profile Faculty

June 26, 2017

For George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the 2017-18 academic year will be one of creation and integration. The school is adding 13 faculty members, which means new faces, classes and ideas in a college whose increasing enrollment is bucking the national trend in education preparation. “It’s energizing,” CEHD Dean Mark Ginsberg said of the new additions. “I’m very excited. We have some really good people who will be joining with us and adding their expertise and experience to our highly respected faculty.” Read more...
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SPARK STEM Program Designed To Do Just That in Young Students

June 21, 2017

The best way to get and keep students interested in STEM programs is to engage them in hands-on learning, said Morgan Occhuizzo, assistant principal of Centreville Elementary School in Centreville, Va. That is why Occhuizzo is so excited about SPARK STEM, an interdisciplinary program for elementary school students and teachers developed by faculty at George Mason University, using a $125,000 grant from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). ...excerpted from Mason News. Read more...
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New Endowed Professorship Advances STEM Education

June 12, 2017

The College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Peters-Burton, PhD as the Donna R. and David E. Sterling Endowed Professor in Science Education. This new endowed professor position within the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University is supported by a generous gift from the Sterling family that will provide resources to advance STEM education in Virginia’s K-12 schools as well as nationally. Read more...