College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

About Us

The College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) inspires undergraduate and graduate students to promote learning and development across the life span. Innovative, inclusive, and cutting-edge, the college and its three schools prepare professionals who improve lives and make a difference for our community and for the world. The college is a nationally recognized leader in educator preparation, special education, counseling, and school leadership, and is home to 9 centers engaged in groundbreaking research.

Our School of Education — the largest and most comprehensive in Virginia — 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.

Our School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management features outstanding academic programs and centers of research excellence that support a wide range of vibrant sport, leisure, and business service industries and organizations. Undergraduate students can earn a bachelor's degree in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Sport Management, or Tourism and Events Management. Graduate students can pursue their scholarly interests at the master's degree level in Sport and Recreation Studies or, through an innovative partnership with the School of Management, earn an MBA in Tourism and Events Management.

Our School of Kinesiology offers exceptional academic programs, distinguished faculty, and vibrant research centers dedicated to promoting optimal health and enhancing the quality of life through physical activity. Several undergraduate programs of study prepare students for a host of professional careers and opportunities in Athletic Training, Health and Physical Education, and Kinesiology. Students interested in graduate study can pursue a Master of Science degree in our Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion program. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels our dedicated faculty are engaged teachers and leaders in their fields, guiding educational advances, promoting growth in their professions, and engaging in innovative research.

At the heart of CEHD’s success are 130 distinguished faculty members, each committed to creating life-changing experiences that allow students to go faster and farther in their careers. Our faculty includes many nationally prominent scholars, endowed professorships in special education and science education, and four professors who have received the highest honors from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

The college’s innovative research and pace of performance has resulted in a research portfolio that has grown dramatically compared to peer institutions, with annual expenditures exceeding $16 million annually. This research of consequence, undertaken by faculty in both schools, advances knowledge in the learning and developmental sciences, benefiting the greater community in Virginia and beyond.