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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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Every student must meet with his advisor upon admission to the program to create a program of study. Even if students know which program/s they will pursue and their sequence of coursework, it is beneficial to discuss plans for internships, testing requirements, transfer options if applicable, etc. Each student is responsible for knowing Mason’s rules, regulations, requirements, administrative policies and academic policies. The University Catalog, your program advisors, and the staff in the Student and Academic Affairs Office are key resources to assist you as you work toward completion of your degree requirements. It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester to review degree progress and plan for future semesters.

Walk-in Wednesdays

Walk-in Wednesdays will be held: December 14, December 21, January 11, January 18, and January 25. Advisors will be available for meetings on a first-come, first-served basis in Finley 102 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to provide last minute assistance. No advising appointments can be scheduled during these days, but all students are welcome to take advantage of the walk-in option.

Schedule an Appointment:

Students may schedule appointments no less than 24 hours in advance. Advisor calendars are open two weeks in advance. Extended hours are available on Mondays for students who prefer to meet later in the afternoon or evening. Phone and face-to-face meeting options are available.

Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor:

  • Students in the Prince William and Fairfax Special Education-General Curriculum cohorts and students in the traditional (non-cohort) program with last names A-M can schedule an appointment with Kelly Severo.
  • Students in the Loudoun, Fairfax Adapted Curriculum, ABA and Fauquier cohorts and students in the traditional (non-cohort) program with last names N-Z can schedule an appointment with Jancy Templeton.
  • Be on time: Please be aware that if you are 15 minutes late for your scheduled appointment you must reschedule.
  • Be prepared: If you have already created a program plan with your advisor, have it with you for your appointment.

  • You Have the Keys to Success:

    1. Be an Informed Student

      It is your responsibility to know where you are in completing your requirements. Your advisor is a resource to assist you. If you choose not to meet with your advisor you may miss key information and opportunities to make your experience at Mason a more valuable one.

    2. Read your Mason E-mail

      Students are responsible for the content of university communication sent to their Mason e-mail account (@masonlive.gmu.edu) and are required to activate that account and check it regularly. If you wish to forward your @masonlive.gmu.edu e-mails to a personal account please do so as soon as possible once admitted to avoid missing key communications from various university offices.

    3. Know and Use your Resources

      Friends and other CEHD students are great but they are not reliable sources of information for your individual degree requirements/progress. A reliable resource is a paid Mason employee and the subject matter expert on the question at hand (i.e. Licensure, Endorsements, Advising, Career Services, Admissions, Registrar, ITU Support, etc.). When in doubt, ask your advisor!
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Student Advising

Every student must meet with his advisor upon admission to the program to create a program of study. Even if students know which program/s they will pursue and their sequence of course work, it is beneficial to discuss plans for internships, testing requirements, transfer options if applicable, etc. Students should keep in contact with their advisor when their plans change and revisions to their program of study are required. To prevent any unnecessary confusion or delay in completing your program (MEd and/or certificate), be sure to make a telephone or face-to-face advising appointment with the advisor assigned to you. Your advisor assignment is included in the welcome packet you receive upon admission and is listed on your record in Patriotweb. Typical advisor assignments are:

Danielle Walker
dwilli19@gmu.edu
703-993-4361
Jancy Templeton
jtemple1@gmu.edu
703-993-2387
Prince William cohort students Fairfax cohort students
Teach for America cohort students Loudoun cohort students
Non-cohort students with last names A-M Non-cohort students with last names N-Z

Grading Policies

Students in graduate programs must maintain a 3.00 GPA (B average). Grades of B- or better are required for all education course work for licensure. Only 6 credits with grades of C will be allowed for completion of the master's degree.

Internship Waiver Option

One 3-credit internship experience may be waived by a student completing the Adapted Curriculum, Visual Impairments or Special Education-General Curriculum licensure certificate program if the student documents two years of successful supervised full-time public or accredited private school teaching experience working with students in the special education endorsement area they are seeking. Teaching experience must be earned as the classroom teacher on record or with a full-time itinerant teacher caseload. Experience as a substitute teacher, paraprofessional or related services provider is not eligible. When using the waiver option, a student must document eligibility for the waiver and complete one 3-credit internship coupled with additional observations at the opposite instructional level (elementary/secondary) in which they are teaching. Students should consult with their advisor and refer to the internship waiver checklist to ensure they are eligible for the waiver and can provide the required documentation.

Transfer of Credit

The majority of credits applied to a master's degree or graduate certificate must be earned at George Mason after admission to the program. For a master's degree, a minimum of 18 credits must be taken in degree status after admission to the program. For graduate certificates, a maximum of 3 credits can be transferred from another accredited institution after admission to the program. All transfer credits must have advisor approval. Credits cannot be more than six years old, must be graduate level, must not have been counted towards another degree, and must be graded (grade of B or better, no pass/fail, no audit, etc.)

Tuition

Financial Aid

Information on loans, assistantships, fellowships, and other types of financial aid is available in the Office of Student Financial Aid which can be reached via telephone at 703.993.2353 or on the web at http://financialaid.gmu.edu. General information, including contact information, for funding options in the College of Education and Human Development is available at http://cehd.gmu.edu/financialaid/. Program specific funding options for each program are at the bottom of the webpage for that particular program.

Graduation and Licensure Completion

Applicants with a master's degree who want to pursue a teaching license must apply to one of the graduate certificate programs that lead to licensure (Early Childhood Special Education, Teaching Students with Disabilities who Access the General curriculum K-12, Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum, Visual Impairments PK-12 Licensure).

Applicants who want a master's degree and a graduate certificate must apply to the master's program first and then declare a secondary program by submitting the form: Graduate Secondary Certificate Program Application to their advisor. Students cannot declare a secondary licensure program without submitting passing Praxis Core scores.

The degree program and the graduate certificate program may be completed in any order or together. Teachers seeking endorsement through the approved program must submit a licensure application through GMU.

Praxis Tests

  • Official, passing VDOE Required Entry Assessment scores (Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis I pre-December 31, 2013 or qualifying substitute) are required for application to Mason's state-approved licensure certificate programs and are part of the multiple criteria used to make admissions decisions to the MEd program.
  • Praxis II: Elementary Education Content Knowledge Exam is an exit requirement for the licensure certificate program in Students with Disabilities who Access the Adapted Curriculum.
  • Praxis II: Braille Proficiency assessment is an exit requirement for the certificate program in Visual Impairments Licensure, PK-12.
  • The Praxis II test in Special Education is not currently required

Emergency First Aid, CPR and Use of AED Certification or Training

To meet the state of Virginia requirement for certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators, all students must provide a copy of their currently valid proof of completion from either the American Red Cross (ARC) or the American Heart Association (AHA).