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.

Careers in special education expand beyond the classroom. Professional studies benefits consultants, advocates, tutors, parents, curriculum specialists, coordinators and other practitioners.

These programs allow those in teaching and non-teaching areas to deepen their understanding of the field and specialize their knowledge. Teachers in general and special education can learn more about their students and how to support them. Parents can develop skills to assist their children. Coursework is available in specialized reading instruction, supporting individuals with autism, and special education leadership. The MEd in Special Education can be paired with specific focus areas or content can be individualized based on student interests.

 Alexandra Rose Student

Student Insights

Alexandra Rhoads, Student, PhD in Education & Spec Educ-General Curriculum Certificate

The Special Education graduate program allowed me to complete my coursework while still teaching full-time and gaining on-the-job skills. The professors are very helpful and supportive, and the program overall is diverse and open-minded to students with many types of backgrounds and disabilities."