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.

College of Education and Human Development

GSE Student News


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...

2019 Program Award Winners

May 6, 2019

CEHD program award winners in 2019.

Ricardo Sanchez, Counseling and Development

November 26, 2018

For Mason PhD student Ricardo Sanchez, international aid is part of the job. Since he joined Counselors Without Borders in 2013, Sanchez has been selected to travel to his native Peru, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico as a graduate counselor to assist with post-disaster emergency situations. Read more...

Mason Research Helps Boost Students of Underserved Populations

June 26, 2018

Problem-based learning is useful in identifying high-ability middle school students from underserved populations who historically are left out of honors, advanced and gifted programs. That is the conclusion being drawn by Project ExCEL, a five-year study led by Anne Horak, an assistant professor in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development. Read more...

Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award Winner Takes Inspiration From His Family’s Immigration Experience

June 22, 2018

Dennis Nolasco’s parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. His father reached the 4th grade before dropping out to work on the family farm. His mother had never seen a school until she came to the U.S. Years later, Nolasco used his family’s experience as inspiration to get his license to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). 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...

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...

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...

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...

Virginia Secretary of Education: Mason Prepared Me for a Life of Public Service

February 27, 2018

Atif Qarni, who is Virginia’s 19th Secretary of Education and the first appointed to the Cabinet straight out of a K-through-12 classroom, graduated from George Mason University in 2009 with a master’s degree in history and having participated in the teaching licensure program through the College of Education and Human Development. Read more...

Counseling Students Work Together to Build a Library

January 10, 2018

Until recently, there was no library at Montrose Alternative Learning Center, a school for students in grades K-10 with behavioral challenges, academic difficulties, or who would fit best in a less traditional learning environment. And it had been that way for quite a while. Read more...

CEHD Welcomes Newest Kappa Delta Pi Members

November 16, 2017

Twelve College of Education and Human Development students were initiated into the George Mason University's Nu Alpha Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society on Monday, November 13 at a ceremony in Thompson Hall.  The new members were nominated by faculty as exemplars of scholarship, leadership, and service the core values of Kappa Delta Pi. Read more...

Student Project 'Goes Beyond the Class and Research Itself'

October 19, 2017

Christina Cherry, a senior human development and family science major, and Jasmine Felder, a master's student concentrating in counseling and development, say their research helps give a voice to families facing displacement through gentrification. Read more...

Counseling Student Is Graduate Student of the Year

October 12, 2017

Mirella Saldaña Moreno found out that she was the Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year while sitting in the parking lot at George Mason, checking e-mails before heading into work. 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...

Twelve Mason LIFE Students Earn Certificate of Completion

June 19, 2017

Mason Learning into Future Environments, more commonly known as Mason LIFE, held a graduation ceremony for 12 of its students at the beginning of May. Read more...

Education Honor Society Inducts Newest Members

June 5, 2017

The Nu Alpha Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society initiated 15 new members on May 9, 2017. The initiates represent six academic programs from within CEHD’s Graduate School of Education. They are now part of a network of 1.2 million members across 34 countries. Read more...

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.


Designing Digital Learning in Schools using Robots

April 4, 2016

Robots attended class along with teachers in the Designing Digital Learning in Schools (DDLS) graduate program. These teachers had the opportunity to meet Sphero. They were able to build thinking and problem-solving skills by completing a range of missions and then to use those programming skills to teach their Sphero tricks. Read more...

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...

New PhD Joseph DiPietro Looks Forward to Celebrating Winter Graduation

December 18, 2015

Joseph DiPietro, who graduates this semester with a PhD in Education, is ready to celebrate! Read more...

Elementary Mathematics Specialist Award Goes to Anna Feil

October 22, 2015

Graduate student Anna Feil is the recipient of a national award that honors elementary mathematics specialists. Read more...

For Mason Senior, Teaching Is About "Relationships That Can Really Change Someone’s Life"

October 20, 2015

Amanda Malone has always wanted to be a teacher. She's getting there fast as a student in Mason's accelerated bachelor's/master’s program in elementary education. Read more...

Think You Want To Be a Teacher? Come to the Sept 17 Advising Event!

September 14, 2015

George Mason undergraduates from all majors are invited to this advising event. Find out what courses to take and much more. Read more...

A Summer for Teacher Leaders

August 28, 2015

Students in the Transformative Teaching program met on campus for a week of intensive learning and fascinating meetings on Capitol Hill. Read more...

Instructional Design Students Receive Association Award

August 21, 2015

Two students recently won a prestigious award, and credit the Instructional Design program for their success. Read more...

Education Honor Society Inducts 35 New Members

August 3, 2015

Kappa Delta Pi welcomes new members to Mason's chapter of the International Honor Society in Education. Read more...

PhD Dissertations - Summer 2015

July 30, 2015

Congratulations to the twelve students in the PhD in Education program who are graduating in Summer 2015! Read more...

Graduating Student Attends Convocation Via Robot

June 22, 2015

Ever wish you could be in two places at once? One mom used a robot to attend her graduation and her daughter's. Read more...

Outstanding Students Named 2015 Presidential and Dean's Scholars

June 15, 2015

Exceptional doctoral students entering the PhD in Education program in Fall 2015 have been selected as Presidential and Dean's Scholars. Read more...

PhD Dissertations - Spring 2015

June 5, 2015

Sixteen students in the PhD in Education program recently defended their dissertations as part of the final requirements for receiving a doctoral degree. Read more...

Mason Students Create Education Videos for Sierra Leone Orphanage

June 1, 2015

When the Ebola outbreak shut down a town in Sierra Leone, Mason students stepped in to help children keep learning. Read more...

Rory Dippold Receives Virginia "Super Teacher" Award

May 29, 2015

Congratulations to Rory Dippold, recent PhD graduate and 7th grade teacher, who was just named a Virginia Super Teacher. Read more...

Thank You Cam Video - GSE Graduation 2015!

May 17, 2015

Enjoy this video featuring graduates of the Graduate School of Education!  Read More...


Student Focus: Koscina Renaud, Early Childhood Education

May 15, 2015

The college's faculty has selected 37 graduating students as Program Award Winners for outstanding achievement. Among them is Koscina Renaud, a master's degree student with a passion to educate. Read more...

Apple Selects Student for Distinguished Educators Class of 2015

April 29, 2015

Congratulations to Katharine Hale, selected for the prestigious Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2015. Read more...

Five Students Selected to Represent Mason as Teachers of Promise

March 24, 2015

Congratulations to students from CEHD who were selected to represent George Mason University at the annual Teachers of Promise Institute. Read more...

Doctoral Students Honored with Dissertation Awards

March 19, 2015

Congratulations to the doctoral students who received dissertation honors this year. Read more...

Think You Want To Be a Teacher? Come to the March 19 Advising Event!

March 19, 2015

George Mason undergraduates from all majors are invited to this advising event for anyone who's thought about going into teaching. 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...

CEHD Announces 2014-15 Student Scholarships

March 30, 2015

Congratulations to the outstanding students who are recipients of scholarships from the College of Education and Human Development. Read more...

Two Scholarship Winners for the Strong Scholars Award

March 4, 2015

Congratulations to graduate students Robyn Regan and Kayla Iacuzio for receiving CEHD's first annual Strong Scholars Award! Read more...

In the News: Mason LIFE

January 21, 2015

George Mason's residential program for students with intellectual disabilities is highlighted in the New Republic. Read more...

Congratulations Winter Graduates!

December 19, 2014

More than 3,700 degrees were presented at George Mason's winter graduation ceremonies. 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...

PhD Dissertations - Fall 2014

December 15, 2014

Eleven PhD in Education students recently defended their dissertations as part of the final requirements for receiving a doctoral degree. Read more...

PhD Dissertations - Spring and Summer 2014

August 26, 2014

Fourteen PhD in Education students recently defended their dissertations as part of the final requirements for receiving a doctoral degree. Read more...

Doctoral Student Receives Aspiring Superintendent Scholarship

August 27, 2014

Langley High School principal Matthew Ragone recently received the AASA Aspiring Superintendent Scholarship, marking the second year in a row that a George Mason University PhD student has won the award. Read more...

Four Outstanding Students Named Dean’s Scholars

July 3, 2014

Four exceptional doctoral students who are entering the PhD in Education program in Fall 2014 have been selected as Dean's Scholars. Read more...

Instructional Design Students Show Off Real-World Apps to Employers

June 19, 2014

Students in the Instructional Design and Technology program get to show off the apps they've created to influential employers. Read more...