College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
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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.

George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development Dean Mark R. Ginsberg announced the creation of three new schools within the college.

August 28, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. — George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development Dean Mark R. Ginsberg announced Wednesday the creation of three new schools within the college.

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) now houses the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, and the School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management.

“This is a tremendous day for our college,” Ginsberg said. “The formation of the School of Kinesiology and the School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management is a testament to the growth of our academic programs in both national acclaim and student enrollment as well as the increased importance and popularity of these fields. With the inclusion of three undergraduate teaching degrees, the college also is thrilled to strengthen our nationally ranked School of Education as we continue preparing well trained, career ready, and highly respected educators.”

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved the School of Kinesiology and the School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management on Wednesday and affirmed Mason’s School of Education earlier this summer. CEHD previously included the Graduate School of Education and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.

The Graduate School of Education made the logical transition to the School of Education when SCHEV approved the addition of three new undergraduate teaching degrees—bachelor of science in education (BSEd) degrees in special education, elementary education, and early childhood education for diverse learners—in June.

This marks the first time in many years that the university will offer undergraduate teaching degrees in these fields. George Mason is one of seven public universities in Virginia that were approved to add new undergraduate teaching degrees. The decision to offer undergraduate programs is an attempt to address a shortage of teachers not only in Virginia but nationwide.

The School of Kinesiology is just one of a few of its kind in the country. Previously situated in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, the new school speaks to the growth and importance of the field of kinesiology, which explores the scientific study of movement. Four programs will be offered within the School of Kinesiology—athletic training; health and physical education; kinesiology; and exercise, fitness, and health promotion.

The School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management will continue the college’s mission of developing well-prepared professionals in the careers of sport, recreation, hospitality, tourism, and events management.


About 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 serves more than 4,000 students each year, offering a total of 32 academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. For more information, visit https://cehd.gmu.edu.