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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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Becoming a secondary school teacher is a highly rewarding and enjoyable job. You work closely with children who are developing their skills and personalities. Not only do you get to watch them grow up, but you get to have an impact on the people they become and the characteristics they will have for the rest of their lives.

Licensure Component

This 23-credit certificate offers course work towards teacher licensure (Virginia) to students enrolled in non-licensure graduate programs at Mason or those who already have a master’s degree. The first 15 credits of course work and a 6-credit internship make up the licensure component for individuals who are pursuing a full, initial license or who need to satisfy the state's requirements of a provisional license.

Core (17 credits)

Curriculum and Methods (3 credits)

Choose one content course specific to your program from the following:

Advanced Curriculum and Methods (3 credits)

Choose one content course specific to your program from the following:

Total: 23 credits

Program Information

Internship Options

A 6-credit, 15-week daytime internship is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program. Three options are available to meet the needs of most individuals:

  • Professional Development School (PDS) Internship. One-term daytime internship as a PDS intern in one of our partner schools. Intern assumes co-teaching/independent teaching responsibilities.
  • Student Teaching Internship. One-term daytime internship in the classroom of a mentor teacher. Intern assumes co-teaching/independent teaching responsibilities.
  • On-the-job internship. This option is available only to students who are employed as full-time, provisionally licensed teachers and are teaching in their endorsement area in an accredited middle or secondary school, and want to complete a master's degree.

In lieu of an internship, provisionally licensed teachers may choose to use their full-time teaching to satisfy the experience requirement for a full license. However, the 33-credit master's degree requires that 6 credits of approved course work be substituted for the internship.

Internship Application Deadlines

  • Fall: February 15
  • Spring: September 15
Field Experience

Field experiences in public schools will be required throughout the program: maximum of 15 clock hours per course or 30 clock hours per term. Arrangements will be made at the beginning of each term.

Portfolio

A professional portfolio is required. The portfolio reflects the student's professional development throughout the program and is completed during the internship term.

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