CEHD Student Guide
An array of University and CEHD programs, resources, and services are available to you as an undergraduate or graduate student to support your success. We believe that for you to reach your full potential, you should be knowledgeable about the systems you are in and should take advantage of the opportunities available to you. Important policies and resources are provided below to help you maximize your experience at Mason!
All Mason students are responsible for the content of University communication sent via email, and are required to activate their Mason email account and check it regularly. Students should also use their Mason email address when communicating with university offices and personnel.
All Mason students are responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies listed in the University Catalog. We have included some key student policies here for your convenience. For a comprehensive list of policies and more information on each particular policy listed below, search the online catalog using the policy codes at the end of each entry (for example, AP 6.8.2). You may also find forms associated with corresponding policies here.
- Academic Policies
- Academic Load (AP.1.2)
- Course Add (AP.1.3.2)
- Course Drop (AP.1.3.2)
- Course Repeat (AP.1.3.4)
- Course Withdrawal (AP.1.5)
- Permission to Study Elsewhere (AP.1.4.2)
- Grading Policies
- Incomplete Grades (AP.3.3)
- Graduate Student Policies
- Academic Standing (AP.6.6)
- Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Degree (AP.6.7)
- Graduate Certificate Programs (AP.6.8)
- Permission to Re-Enroll (AP.6.4.3)
- Time Limit (AP.6.9.2)
- Undergraduate Student Policies
- Academic Standing (AP.5.2)
- Leave of Absence (AP.1.8)
- Selective Withdrawal (AP.1.5.1)
- Registration and Attendance Policies
- Leave of Absence/Re-Enrollment (AP.1.8)
- Registration (AP.1.3)
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Appeals of Academic Procedures
- Privacy of Student Records (FERPA)
- Course Substitutions/Waivers (See your academic advisor)
- Change of Program (See your academic advisor)
Academic and Personal Integrity
The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) educates current and future professionals who are charged with expanding human intellectual, psychological, and physical development in the lives of others. Such work demands the highest standards of personal and academic integrity. It is expected that all CEHD students will demonstrate a commitment to high academic standards and a professional disposition in their work, community, classrooms, and research throughout their time at George Mason University.
All students sign an agreement to adhere to the Honor Code on their application for admission to Mason and are responsible for being aware of the most current version of the code. The Honor Code Pledge reads as follows:
To promote a stronger sense of mutual responsibility, respect, trust, and fairness among all members of the George Mason University Community and with the desire for greater academic and personal achievement, I, a student member of the university community, pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, or lie in matters related to academic work.
College of Education and Human Development students are further expected to show respect for peers, faculty, staff, and themselves at all times by:
- Honoring the rights and dignity of others.
- Maintaining a courteous and professional demeanor in both face-to-face and online interactions.
- Handling all appeals, concerns, complaints, or grievances honestly and through the appropriate CEHD or University channels.
- Being good stewards of University property and resources.
Expectations for Professional Behavior in CEHD: Dispositions
Throughout a student’s program of study in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University (Mason), the student is expected to demonstrate behaviors that reflect the positive dispositions of an aspiring professional. Dispositions are the thoughts, habits, and associated actions that underlie professional responsibility. In CEHD, dispositions are integral to the student’s program of study and refinement of their professional identity.
The CEHD Student Statement of Commitment to Professional Behaviors outlines expectations for all CEHD students with regard to professional dispositions. In receiving and/or signing this document during program onboarding or College orientations, students agree to uphold the CEHD Core Values and demonstrate appropriate behaviors that will reflect positively on Mason, CEHD, their program, and themselves.
Successful progression to capstone and culminating experiences (e.g., practicums, internships, field research), is dependent upon students meeting these behavioral expectations with mentoring, guidance, and support from relevant staff/faculty. Students are encouraged to reflect on their dispositions as they interact with Mason staff, faculty, and fellow students, as well as their engagements with community members and those within their field of practice.
Dispositions may be evaluated formally and informally at developmentally appropriate and intermittent points in an academic program. Dispositions will be evaluated in alignment with appropriate University policies and codes of conduct, and respective accreditation and professional organizational bodies. Based on observable actions and behaviors, additional evaluations may be implemented at the discretion of the program.
The evaluation of dispositions is part of the educational process and serves as an opportunity for growth, facilitated improvement, and demonstration of proficiency. When a student’s professional behavior does not meet expectations (whether identified through a formal or informal classroom or program assessment, observed classroom or community behavior, or communications), the dispositions review process may be initiated by staff or faculty, including course instructors, advisors, or program leadership. To learn about these processes, read “Professional Dispositions” on our Policies and Procedures webpage.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Students are expected to adhere to specific university and CEHD dates and deadlines. View the CEHD Important Dates and Deadlines site to stay informed each semester.
CEHD Offices and Contacts
2300 Thompson Hall
703-993-2080 | email@example.com
Advocates for the success of CEHD students from orientation to graduation by providing academic support, opportunities for student engagement, and resources to promote retention, belonging, and overall well-being.
Visit this webpage for a list of advisors/program contacts within the college.
1700 Thompson Hall | 703-993-2892
Provides information and support to prospective CEHD students.
2200 Thompson Hall | Contact Form
Advances the college in research, teaching, and service through inclusive excellence while creating an affirming, safe and welcoming space for all individuals through sustainable recruitment and retention efforts, support, and training.
2200 Thompson Hall
Field Experience questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internship questions: email@example.com
Licensure questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Education Advising: email@example.com
Provides pre-education advising, content area advising, placement of students for field experiences, licensure of education preparation students, and CPR and licensure testing resources for students who are working toward their teaching license.
Students in the College of Education and Human Development have access to a myriad of engagement opportunities. Learn more below!
- Stay in-the-know on important dates, events, job and scholarship opportunities by subscribing to the Student Success Blog! Scroll to the bottom of the home page and fill out the “Subscribe” form with your Mason email and first and last name to get our blog posts straight to your inbox!
- Join a CEHD Student Organization to meet peers in your program!
- Join the College of Education and Human Development group on Mason360 for details about upcoming college events. We look forward to seeing you there!
Emergency: Dial 911
Vehicle Parking Lot Escort/Report a Crime
Motor Assistance/Parking Services
For minor car trouble/parking inquiries
Housing and Residence Life
Provides on-campus housing services and community enrichment programming.
International Programs and Services (OIPS)
Supports international students from admission to graduation with all aspects of campus life.
Mason Student Services Center (MSSC)
The central resource for information and solutions related to registration, enrollment, financial aid, billing, academic records and other student support services.
New Student and Family Programs (Undergraduate)
New Student and Family Programs hosts undergraduate and transfer orientation, and provides helpful information for any students who are new to Mason. Take a look at one of their new student checklists for a strong start to your college career.
Off-Campus Student Services
Coordinates academic and social engagement opportunities to specifically meet the needs of students living off-campus and assists those seeking off-campus living. Maintains a database of local apartments, townhouses, and rooms to rent.
Issues permits, provides information, and enforces parking policies for all Mason parking areas.
Student Financial Aid
Answers questions regarding FAFSA, scholarships, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements, and aid disbursements.
Provides a full range of transportation services including Mason shuttles, carpool/vanpool options, bicycle programs, Zipcar, and area public transportation information.
Supports students and faculty through one-on-one coaching focused on developing communication skills. Provides a safe place for students to receive feedback, ask questions, and have conversations about their own public, interpersonal, and group communication.
Communication Center (Undergraduate)
Offers free appointments and resources for students taking COMM101.
Graduate Student Life (Graduate)
Supports the success of graduate students by providing social and professional development opportunities, connecting graduate students to campus resources, and advocating for graduate student needs.
Information Technology Services (ITS)
Offers students a wide range of technology and support including computer labs, media editing spaces, course tools, classroom support, and training resources.
Provides a variety of experience-based learning opportunities, such as tutoring, goal setting with an academic coach, and time management workshops, through which students may address a wide range of academic concerns.
LinkedIn Learning at Mason
Offers a free and unlimited online training library of more than 4,000 videos and courses on a broad range of subjects to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Access the website 24/7 using your Mason NetID and Patriot Pass password.
Math Tutoring Center (Undergraduate)
Offers free walk-in assistance for 100- and 200-level math courses.
Reserved Graduate Writing Spaces (Graduate)
Graduate students who are in good standing with the University and University Libraries may use dedicated quiet spaces for thesis and dissertation work
Assists scholars in creating presentations, research posters, and other final projects with a focus on design and layout considerations.
Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning (Graduate)
Provides teaching support to faculty and graduate students including annual Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference, online teaching guides, and individual consultations to discuss teaching strategies and applying for academic positions.
Student Success Coaching
Helps students transition to college, make the most of their student experience, and work through their own definition of success while at Mason. regardless of their major. Undergraduate students are assigned a success coach upon entry to Mason, and graduate students are able to make appointments with success coaches.
Offer a host of services tailored to undergraduate students (textbooks, data services, study rooms, and workshops) and graduate students (research, dissertation and thesis services, subject databases, digital scholarship center, interlibrary loans, and writing spaces).
Offers free writing support, face-to-face tutoring, online tutoring, workshops, and weekly write-ins. The Writing Center website offers a wide range of help with common writing challenges.
Career-Readiness and Enrichment Resources
Assists students with career exploration, job and internship search, and graduate school preparation.
Global Education Office (GEO)
Facilitates international learning opportunities for Mason faculty and students through a diverse array of study abroad programs.
Mason’s job search platform for on-campus, part-time, work-study, internship, and full-time jobs. You can find thousands of opportunities in Handshake at any time.
Student Involvement (SI)
Helps students get connected to Mason through campus-wide events, well-being initiatives, registered student organizations, student government, trainings, student advocacy, and personal interactions.
Health, Wellness and Belonging Resources
Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment (CCEE)
Engages the various Mason constituents in awareness and exploration of the diversity of the campus community, identity development, and global and cultural competencies through a variety of programming.
Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
Provides well-being resources, certificate programs, research, and events. The center also runs the Mason Kindness Ambassadors program and CliftonStrengths assessment.
Contemporary Student Services (CSS)
Serves contemporary students by connecting them to resources, programming like “Gowns for Grads,” events, peer mentoring appointments, and hosting a “Contemporary Student Lounge.” Contemporary students may be adult learners, off-campus or transfer students, veteran or military affiliated, parents, or previously in the foster-care system.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Provides individual and group counseling, crisis counseling, workshops, and outreach programs, and supports students with learning differences. Services are confidential.
Fosters partnerships with students, faculty, and staff to create environments that are accessible, diverse, and inclusive. Provides documentation and verification for students needing special accommodations for classes.
Supports students who are historically underrepresented in higher education and their allies while specifically centering college students who identify as first-generation, who identify as undocumented, have refugee status, and those who have families with limited income.
LGBTQ+ Resources Center
Provides direct services to LGBTQ+ students including advising, advocacy, counseling and referral, education and training, group and workshop facilitation, and leadership development.
Enriches student physical and holistic well-being at Mason through a variety of facilities, programs, and services including aquatics, fitness, intramural & club sports, outdoor adventures, and experiential learning programs. Membership is free for full-time students and available for part-time students for a small fee.
Assists veterans, active duty servicemembers, guardsmen, reservists, and dependents in making a successful transition into the Mason community. Provides information about benefits, GI Bill, and Battle Buddies Program.
Provides access to non-perishable food items, toiletries, and basic school supplies to students who are unable to afford them. Raises awareness about food insecurity and homelessness within the Mason student population.
Student Health Services (SHS)
Provides healthcare, counseling, health education, insurance information, and prevention services to students. All students are eligible to see a provider whether they have insurance or not. There is no charge to see a healthcare provider; however, there are fees for some procedures, lab work, and medications.
Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC)
Offers students one-on-one support, interactive programming, and on- and off-campus resources to help students develop and maintain healthy lifestyles. Offers emergency housing support.
With TimelyCare, Mason students have access to a multitude of virtual mental health and well-being resources that are free and available 24/7. This includes on-demand talk therapy, health coaching, scheduled counseling, psychiatry, and self-care content.
Title IX Coordinator
Advises students about their rights, responsibilities, and resources under Title IX law, including responding to reports of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Women and Gender Studies Center
Educates the campus community about gender issues and issues of concern to women. Provides a safe psychological and physical space for people of all genders, races, sexualities, abilities, and religious backgrounds.