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January 26, 2021


Jan. 26, 2021

George Mason’s special education online graduate program ranked fifth nationally by U.S. News & World Report

FAIRFAX, Va.— The special education online graduate program at George Mason University has been ranked fifth in the country by the U.S. News & World Report, the publication announced Tuesday.

The curriculum and instruction and special education online master’s programs in George Mason’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) were ranked first and second, respectively, in Virginia.

“It is an honor to be recognized among the top ranked programs in special education and curriculum and instruction,” CEHD Interim Dean Robert Baker said. “These programs serve the diverse needs of a broad student population preparing to advance as professional educators. Our students are supported by expert faculty who are renowned for their research and instruction, and our graduates are highly employable as a result.

The special education master’s program is targeted to both classroom educators and those who work in other special education contexts such as private practice, agencies and home environments. The program ensures education professionals have the skills and knowledge to support the needs of individuals with disabilities.

The curriculum and instruction program ranked 17th among public universities and 19th overall—tied with the University of Virginia. Mason is also ranked 12th among public institutions, and 13th overall, for its education administration program. The master’s in education programs ranked 41st among public universities and rose to 46th this year overall.

“The impact of these programs not only reaches our Mason students,” Baker said, “but it extends to our students’ students, and to the conduct of education more broadly.”


About George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., inspires undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to promote learning and development across the life span. Innovative, inclusive, and cutting-edge, the college and its 30 academic programs that spread across three schools (School of Education, School of Kinesiology, and School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management) prepare professionals who improve lives and make a difference for the community and for the world. The college is a nationally recognized leader in educator preparation, special education, counseling, and school leadership; prides itself in far-reaching expertise that includes sport management, human performance, athletic training, recreation management, and tourism and events management; and is home to 11 centers engaged in groundbreaking research.

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