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.

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Designed for teachers, scientists, public officials, field naturalists, environmental interpreters, and others educating people about the environment and its geography.

This 15 to 16 credit non-licensure certificate is designed to provide students who have a background in the sciences with a greater content knowledge in the geographic and environmental sciences as well as effective methods in teaching science. For those with an undergraduate degree in teaching, students focus on the principles and fundamental topics of geography, environment, pedagogy, instruction of these sciences as well as hands-on experience and current tools and methods in science education research. This certificate is designed for teachers, scientists, public officials, field naturalists, environmental interpreters, and others having responsibility for educating or informing people about the environment and its geography.

The graduate certificate in Geographic and Environmental Science Education may by pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Certificate Requirements

Electives (9-10 credits)

Minimum of 3 courses. Students with an undergraduate degree in science must take at least two Science Education electives, and students with an undergraduate degree in pedagogy must take at least two Science electives.

Science Electives

Science Education Electives

Total: 15-16 credits