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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

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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...
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Dr. Kevin Clark to Be Awarded Inaugural Presidential Medal

May 8, 2017

The College of Education and Human Development’s Dr. Kevin Clark will be awarded the university’s first Alcalde Family Medal for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion. Mason’s president, Dr. Ángel Cabrera, will present Dr. Clark with this medal on May 20 at the university’s Commencement ceremony. This newly-created award honors a faculty member who has made extraordinary contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion within the Mason community and beyond. Read more...
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Videos Explore PDS Approach to Mentoring, Feedback

January 26, 2017

The College of Education and Human Development at Virginia’s George Mason University (GMU) and its professional development school (PDS) partners have established leadership teams to plan robust and personalized training programs for teacher candidates. The teams at the university and school sites work together to engage interns in well-rounded experiences, such as by involving them in local school activities, to help fulfill their individualized professional development plans.

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CEHD Hosts Pakistani Faculty as Part of State Department Grant

September 27, 2016

Twenty faculty from the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore, Pakistan, are visiting George Mason University. The purpose of the visit, scheduled from September 17 to October 2, is to participate in professional development seminars and to meet with Mason faculty in their respective disciplines. This faculty exchange is part of a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of State. Read more...
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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...
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In Memoriam: Mark Spikell, Prominent Mathematics Education Scholar and Mason Professor

August 22, 2016

The George Mason University community is saddened to note the death of Mark Aaron Spikell, who served as a visionary faculty member in the Graduate School of Education for 25 years prior to his retirement in 2004, when he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus of Education. Spikell passed away on August 12, 2016, at the age of 75 in his apartment at Sunrise Assisted Living in Fairfax, Virginia. Read more...
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Retiring CEHD Faculty Recognized with Emeritus Status

June 7, 2016

This year Mason's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) says farewell to five retiring faculty members, many of whom have been at this university for decades. Dr. David Anderson, Dr. Michael Behrmann, Dr. Susan Burns, Dr. Gary Galluzzo and Dr. Steve White, were all granted emeritus status based on their dedication and contribution to the strengthening and advancement of CEHD educational programs. Read more...
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Operation Educate the Educators at George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development

April 20, 2016

On April 13, 2106,Mark Ginsberg, Dean of George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) participated as an invited speaker in a White House Conference focused on military-connected children and families. Read more...
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The Elementary Education PDS program and Local Elementary Schools Win National Award

March 8, 2016

CEHD's Elementary Education program receives the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPD) Exemplary Professional Development School Award. Read more...
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Dr. Sarah Nagro to Receive AERA Student Research Award

February 29, 2016

This year the AERA SER-SIG announced Dr. Sarah Nagro as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Student Research Award. This award has been created to recognize excellence in research related to the education of children, adolescents and adults with disabilities. Read more...
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Limits on Student Testing Make Sense, Mason Experts Say

October 30, 2015

Experts from the College of Education and Human Development are available to discuss the White House's proposed cap on student testing in the nation's public schools. Read more...
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Outstanding Science Educator of the Year is Awarded to Erin Peters-Burton

October 28, 2015

CEHD is delighted to announce that Erin Peters-Burton is the recipient of the national 2016 Outstanding Science Educator of the Year award. Read more...
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Elavie Ndura is Named Mason Presidential Fellow

October 15, 2015

As a presidential fellow, Ndura will work closely with George Mason president Ángel Cabrera to promote peace through intercultural conversations. Read more...
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In the News: Jennifer Suh

September 29, 2015

This week's issue of Education Week cites the NSF-funded work of Jennifer Suh in the area of mathematics modeling for elementary school teachers. Read more...
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Eight CEHD Faculty Members Receive Promotion and/or Tenure

September 16, 2015

Dean Ginsberg announced that eight faculty members received promotion and/or tenure. Read more...
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In the News: Kimberly Sheridan

September 10, 2015

The Huffington Post this week cited the research of Kimberly Sheridan and her colleagues regarding "making and learning" in both classroom and extracurricular settings. Read more...
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PhD in Education Colloquium 2015 is on Sept 18

September 3, 2015

Faculty and students are invited to this discussion and reception featuring Dr. Suhanthie Motha, associate professor of applied linguistics at the University of Washington. Read more...
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Three Faculty Members Named Mason Rising Stars

July 29, 2015

Three to watch! Nelson Cortes, Anna Evmenova, and Jennifer Suh were named "Rising Stars" by the Mason Spirit magazine. Read more...
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In the News: Elavie Ndura

July 22, 2015

Yesterday on the BBC Newshour, Elavie Ndura was interviewed regarding the turmoil surrounding presidential elections in Burundi. Read more...
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A Trip to Capitol Hill: AIM-VA Presents at American Dyslexia Event

July 20, 2015

The team from the AIM-VA project were on Capitol Hill last week to raise awareness about learning disabilities and differences. Read more...
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In the News: Erin Peters-Burton

July 20, 2015

The August 2015 issue of Scientific American includes a feature article on the STEM high schools research of Erin Peters-Burton and her colleagues. Read more...
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Key Leaders Consider Virginia's Early Learning Workforce

July 16, 2015

Dean Mark R. Ginsberg moderated a discussion among key state leaders on how to ensure a high quality, early care workforce. Read more...
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Nancy Guth Completes 3,000 Mile Cycling Race for the Fourth Time

July 15, 2015

When she's not teaching literacy at CEHD, the indomitable Nancy Guth is competing in the nonstop Race Across America. Read more...
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Executive Chief Learning Officer Program Now Available

July 7, 2015

Mason is one of the few colleges nationally to offer a program dedicated to the quickly expanding role of the chief learning officer. Read more...
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Len Annetta is Featured in STEM Teacher Workshop Sponsored by Local Corporations

July 6, 2015

The workshop for local high school teachers featured Dr. Annetta providing insights on STEM fields and research. Read more...
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Two Mason Professors Named to New National Commission on Clinical Practice

June 29, 2015

Audra Parker and Kristien Zenkov have been named to the commission examining clinical practice in teacher preparation. Read more...
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CEHD Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members

August 24, 2015

CEHD welcomes new faculty members to the college's two schools: the Graduate School of Education and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. Read more...
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NSF Grant to Study Science Learning Through Game Creation Among Students With Learning Disabilities

June 8, 2015

Professors Berkeley and Annetta are studying the self-regulation of learning of middle school students with learning disabilities as they create their own science video games. Read more...
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Brenda Bannan Coordinates Accident Simulation to Research Emergency Response

May 26, 2015

The live training drill involved INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue, and many others in innovative research. Read more...
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Dean Ginsberg Visits With Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

May 19, 2015

Dean Mark R. Ginsberg met with members of the Virginia Congressional delegation and other legislators yesterday. Read more...
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Mark R. Ginsberg Named to 30 Most Influential Deans

May 12, 2015

Dean Mark R. Ginsberg was named today to the list of 30 Most Influential Deans of Education in the U.S. Read more...
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New, Multi-Disciplinary, HDFS Degree Combines Psychology and Family Science

May 6, 2015

The new undergraduate program in Human Development and Family Science is a collaboration of CEHD and CHSS. Read more...
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More than 80 CEHD Faculty Members and Students Will Present at AERA

March 31, 2015

CEHD will have a strong presence at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) starting April 16. Read more...
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Faculty and Students Make an Impression at CIES

March 24, 2015

CEHD was represented well at the annual Comparative and International Education Society conference. Read more...
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CEHD Faculty Books: 2013-14

February 18, 2015

Enjoy this roundup of books written or edited by faculty from the College of Education and Human Development. Read more...
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Dean Ginsberg Speaks at "Parents as Teachers" Reception

February 6, 2015

Mark R. Ginsberg, dean of the college, spoke at a reception on Capitol Hill honoring Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL). Read more...
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Harvard Educational Review: The Maker Movement in Education

February 2, 2015

Kim Sheridan's article on "The Maker Movement in Education" appears in the winter issue of the Harvard Educational Review. Read more...
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Mason Professors Kick Up Teaching Techniques With NSF Grant

February 9, 2015

Collaborating across disciplines, professors at George Mason are working on a new NSF grant to improve university teaching of STEM subjects. Read more...
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NSF Grant to Help K-12 Teachers Teach the "Why?" Behind Math

January 28, 2015

Mason professors received a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to help teachers help students understand the reasoning behind math problems. Read more...
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In the News: Dean Ginsberg

January 7, 2015

A December 29 AP story that appeared in Education Week features Dean Mark R. Ginsberg on preschool education. Read more...
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In the News: Anthony Pellegrino

January 7, 2015

The January 7 issue of Education Week features Assistant Professor Anthony Pellegrino on teaching the Holocaust. Read more...
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Kristien Zenkov Receives 2015 University Teaching Excellence Award

April 14, 2015

Congratulations to Kristien Zenkov, a recipient of George Mason University's 2015 Teaching Excellence Award. Read more...
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Three Division Directors Appointed in CEHD

January 12, 2015

Three faculty members have taken on new leadership positions within the College of Education and Human Development. Read more...
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Making a Mark: $2 Million Faculty Gift Endows Science Education Chair

November 10, 2014

What began in 2011 as an anonymous donation has become the largest gift ever received by George Mason University from a faculty member. Read more...