CEHD Student Guidebook
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!
Policy & Procedure
Follow us for consistent reminders about important dates, events, employment and scholarship opportunities, and student news!
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.
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.
CEHD Core Values
Learn more about the College of Education and Human Development by reading our Core Values.
New Student Checklist
- Sign up for a Patriot Pass account to access Patriot Web, myMason, library databases, and other essential campus websites.
- Activate your email account in MasonLive to receive all official University communications and to communicate with faculty and administration.
- Get your Mason ID for access to practically everything!
- Get familiar with myMason portal for login to Blackboard
- Explore Parking and Transportation to learn about your parking, shuttle, and public transportation options.
- Enroll in Mason Alert Mason's emergency and weather delay/closing messaging system
- Visit Student Health Services to turn in your immunization forms and learn more about health insurance options.
- Add yourself to People Finder and use it to find students, faculty, and staff.
- Review all academic deadlines for the semester and associated tuition penalties.
- See your academic advisor at least once each semester.
- Attend your Welcome2Mason events to get to know your program, the College, and the Mason community.
- International Students: Connect with the Office of International Programs and Services for immigration requirements and support.
- Go to class. Every class. It's the reason you're here!
- Read each course syllabus carefully.
- Get active on campus. View CEHD Student Organizations here.
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)
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Current students’ first line of contact for any questions. Offers informational, advising, retention, and support services; processes academic appeals and exceptions; addresses University policy inquiries and student concerns; and coordinates CEHD student organizations, research, and professional development.
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Provides information and support to prospective CEHD students.
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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.
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Field Experience questions: email@example.com
Internship questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensure questions: email@example.com
Pre-Education Advising: firstname.lastname@example.org
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! Fill out the “Subscribe” form to the left side of your screen 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!
Many Mason students receive financial aid, whether as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans. View our Funding Opportunities site for more information on scholarships and loan programs available to you!
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Vehicle Parking Lot Escort/Report a Crime
Motor Assistance/Parking Services
For minor car trouble/parking inquiries
Undergraduate Student-Specific Resources
Graduate Student-Specific Resources
Graduate Student Life
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.
Reserved Graduate Writing Spaces
Graduate students who are in good standing with the University and University Libraries may use dedicated quiet spaces for thesis and dissertation work
Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assists scholars in creating presentations, research posters, and other final projects with a focus on design and layout considerations.
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.