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Our Graduate School of Education 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.

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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.

College of Education and Human Development

CEHD Student News

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Mason program too valuable to lose, school board says

November 20, 2018

How do you know a community values your involvement? It steps up financially to keep your program running. That is what happened in Prince William County, Virginia, which this academic year budgeted $180,000 to continue a George Mason University program that provides athletic trainers to nine of the county’s 16 public middle schools with athletic programs. Read more...
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Harvard fellowship complemented her Mason experience

November 14, 2018

Patricia Kelshaw has been immersed in George Mason University’s Athletic Training Education Program for as long as she has been at the university. Kelshaw’s research endeavors to establish more specific baseline measures for children participating in sports to better manage concussions. Those measures could also enhance the Child Support Concussion Assessment Tool, a standardized evaluation instrument that helps assess whether concussions have occurred and informs care throughout recovery. Read more...
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First Full-time Female Division I College Football Coach has Mason Roots

October 8, 2018

When Callie Brownson became quality control coach for Dartmouth’s football team, she had no idea she was making history as the first full-time female Division I football coach. Even now, after all the attention, including stories by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and The Washington Post, Brownson said the whirlwind is still difficult to believe. “To me, it was kind of crazy there hadn’t been another female coach at this level,” she said. That Brownson was the first did not surprise those who knew her at George Mason University, from where she graduated in 2016 with a degree in Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources. Read more...
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Mason Research Helps Boost Students of Underserved Populations

June 26, 2018

Problem-based learning is useful in identifying high-ability middle school students from underserved populations who historically are left out of honors, advanced and gifted programs. That is the conclusion being drawn by Project ExCEL, a five-year study led by Anne Horak, an assistant professor in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development. Read more...
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Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award Winner Takes Inspiration From His Family’s Immigration Experience

June 22, 2018

Dennis Nolasco’s parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. His father reached the 4th grade before dropping out to work on the family farm. His mother had never seen a school until she came to the U.S. Years later, Nolasco used his family’s experience as inspiration to get his license to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Read more...
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CEHD Alumnus Is Virginia’s 2018 National Distinguished Principal

May 10, 2018

On April 4, Andy Jacks was sitting in a meeting with the associate superintendent of Prince William County Public Schools when his secretary called and said there was an emergency in the cafeteria. Jacks had been discussing the power of good leadership with the associate superintendent. Later, Jacks realized that his colleague was engaging in a bit of creative deception. Read more...
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Mason’s Kate Dunn is a Pioneer for Women Football Coaches

May 3, 2018

George Mason University’s Kate Dunn had just begun high school when she first realized that coaching football was what she was always meant to do. Her passion for the game runs deep. “I love the teamwork and the dedication that is required,” she said, “and that you never know everything. You can always get better.” Dunn joined a panel of accomplished women who coached men in sports during the “Breaking Gender Roles: Women Coaching Men” Symposium on April 18, hosted by Mason’s Division of Sport, Recreation and Tourism and the Center for Sport Management. Read more...
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April 30, 2018

Pablo Ramirez Uribe, a master’s student at George Mason University studying secondary education and English, said it was quite a revelation when he learned how to really be successful as teacher. More than planning, more than constructing assignments, is the ability to connect with students. “It’s go into a school and help these people grow,” Ramirez Uribe said. That was Ramirez Uribe’s takeaway from a program called “Through Students Eyes,” developed by George Mason education professor Kristien Zenkov. Read more...
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Brian Negron and Johnny Gomez Named to 2018 EIVA All-Academic Team

April 21, 2018

Senior Brian Negron (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) and graduate student Johnny Gomez (Indialantic, Fla.) represent George Mason on the 2018 EIVA All-Academic team and mark the third time in the last four years the Patriots have had multiple players on the list. The list has 19 players and the Patriots are one of five teams to have multiple players selected. Read more...
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Counselors Without Borders Provides Counseling Services in Puerto Rico

April 20, 2018

In March several faculty members from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University had the opportunity to travel to a rural area of Puerto Rico with a small team from Counselors Without Borders. Among the people they met was a 25-year-old who had begun withdrawing from society before Hurricane Maria hit the island last September. After the storm wreaked its devastation, his condition worsened. Read more...
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Mason Students Volunteer at Paralympic Games in South Korea

March 27, 2018

The power of sport is what Jiordan Carter says she’ll remember most about being in South Korea, attending the Winter Olympic Games and volunteering for the Paralympics in PyeongChang, as part of George Mason University’s inaugural Olympic Study Abroad Program. “Being able to go to the Olympics was amazing,” said Carter, a junior sport management major. “I love that sports can bring people together from all walks of life. I wanted to be able to work in an industry that all people can relate to and enjoy.” Read more...
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Mason Team Helps Heal Scars from Disaster

March 1, 2018

Fred Bemak remembers all the hugs and tears. They inevitably come, he said, when his Counselors Without Borders team is on location helping hundreds—sometimes thousands—of people healing from the emotional scars of a disaster. “It’s the person who is grabbing and hugging you, thanking you for being there,” the George Mason University professor said. “That’s huge.” For 13 years Counselors Without Borders has traveled the world into areas devastated by floods, wildfires and storms, offering culturally responsive humanitarian counseling in post-disaster situations. Read more...
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Virginia Secretary of Education: Mason Prepared Me for a Life of Public Service

February 27, 2018

Atif Qarni, who is Virginia’s 19th Secretary of Education and the first appointed to the Cabinet straight out of a K-through-12 classroom, graduated from George Mason University in 2009 with a master’s degree in history and having participated in the teaching licensure program through the College of Education and Human Development. Read more...
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Counseling Students Work Together to Build a Library

January 10, 2018

Until recently, there was no library at Montrose Alternative Learning Center, a school for students in grades K-10 with behavioral challenges, academic difficulties, or who would fit best in a less traditional learning environment. And it had been that way for quite a while. Read more...
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CEHD Alumnus Appointed Virginia’s Next Education Secretary

January 5, 2018

A middle school teacher in Prince William County was appointed Virginia’s next education secretary by Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D). The announcement that Atif Qarni — a civics, economics, U.S. history and math teacher at Beville Middle School in Woodbridge — would join Northam’s Cabinet was made at the school Thursday by the governor-elect. Read more...
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CEHD Welcomes Newest Kappa Delta Pi Members

November 16, 2017

Twelve College of Education and Human Development students were initiated into the George Mason University's Nu Alpha Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society on Monday, November 13 at a ceremony in Thompson Hall.  The new members were nominated by faculty as exemplars of scholarship, leadership, and service the core values of Kappa Delta Pi. Read more...
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Patriot Player Keeps Hometown Troubles at Forefront

November 8, 2017

For Jaire Grayer, the best thing about this year’s Fresh Flint Festival was the smiles on the children’s faces. The George Mason University junior, a starting guard on the Patriots men’s basketball team, ran a shooting clinic at the April event in Flint, Michigan. Read more...
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Student Project 'Goes Beyond the Class and Research Itself'

October 19, 2017

Christina Cherry, a senior human development and family science major, and Jasmine Felder, a master's student concentrating in counseling and development, say their research helps give a voice to families facing displacement through gentrification. Read more...
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Counseling Student Is Graduate Student of the Year

October 12, 2017

Mirella Saldaña Moreno found out that she was the Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year while sitting in the parking lot at George Mason, checking e-mails before heading into work. Read more...
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CEHD Alumna Kaleigh O’Donnell Receives Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award

July 10, 2017

Kaleigh O’Donnell (MEd ’15) is the 2017 recipient of Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation’s Exemplary Early Career Teacher Award. The award is given to an alumnus or alumna of CEHD who has demonstrated excellence, leadership, and innovation in the classroom within the first three years of teaching in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Read more...
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Twelve Mason LIFE Students Earn Certificate of Completion

June 19, 2017

Mason Learning into Future Environments, more commonly known as Mason LIFE, held a graduation ceremony for 12 of its students at the beginning of May. Read more...
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Education Honor Society Inducts Newest Members

June 5, 2017

The Nu Alpha Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society initiated 15 new members on May 9, 2017. The initiates represent six academic programs from within CEHD’s Graduate School of Education. They are now part of a network of 1.2 million members across 34 countries. Read more...
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Videos Explore PDS Approach to Mentoring, Feedback

January 26, 2017

The College of Education and Human Development at Virginia’s George Mason University (GMU) and its professional development school (PDS) partners have established leadership teams to plan robust and personalized training programs for teacher candidates. The teams at the university and school sites work together to engage interns in well-rounded experiences, such as by involving them in local school activities, to help fulfill their individualized professional development plans.

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Abigail Solis, just one of the guys at Redskins camp

September 8, 2016

What surprised Abigail Solis most about her internship as an athletic trainer with the NFL’s Washington Redskins was how the players seemed so down to earth. Read more...
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First Student to Complete Coaching Minor Prepares for Career in International Sports Coaching

August 8, 2016

George Mason University student E’Yad Al’Taha will be celebrating two significant accomplishments this December: he will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, and he will be the first graduate to complete the new minor in coaching. Read more...
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Kaitlin Romm Receives AKA National Scholar Master's Award

April 11, 2016

Congratulations to Kaitlin Romm who has been selected as an American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Masters Scholar for 2016. Kaitlin is a student in the Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP) graduate program within the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. She is earning a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion which focuses on the role of physical activity in the promotion of health, fitness and quality of life. Read more...
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Designing Digital Learning in Schools using Robots

April 4, 2016

Robots attended class along with teachers in the Designing Digital Learning in Schools (DDLS) graduate program. These teachers had the opportunity to meet Sphero. They were able to build thinking and problem-solving skills by completing a range of missions and then to use those programming skills to teach their Sphero tricks. Read more...
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The Elementary Education PDS program and Local Elementary Schools Win National Award

March 8, 2016

CEHD's Elementary Education program receives the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPD) Exemplary Professional Development School Award. Read more...
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Study Sport Management Abroad in Lugano, Switzerland - Summer 2016

February 22, 2016

Summer 2016, professor Craig Esherick, from the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism will teach a Sport Management course at Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland as part of the George Mason University Mason Abroad program. .

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New PhD Joseph DiPietro Looks Forward to Celebrating Winter Graduation

December 18, 2015

Joseph DiPietro, who graduates this semester with a PhD in Education, is ready to celebrate! Read more...
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New Graduate Lyn Midcap Lands Job With Washington Redskins

December 18, 2015

Lyn Midcap, who graduates this semester with a sport management degree, is ready to make her mark with the NFL. Read more...
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Athletic Training Graduate Students Serve and Learn at Area Middle Schools

November 2, 2015

Through a grant from the Potomac Health Foundation, Mason provides athletic training graduate students to nine area middle schools. Read more...
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Elementary Mathematics Specialist Award Goes to Anna Feil

October 22, 2015

Graduate student Anna Feil is the recipient of a national award that honors elementary mathematics specialists. Read more...
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For Mason Senior, Teaching Is About "Relationships That Can Really Change Someone’s Life"

October 20, 2015

Amanda Malone has always wanted to be a teacher. She's getting there fast as a student in Mason's accelerated bachelor's/master’s program in elementary education. Read more...
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Think You Want To Be a Teacher? Come to the Sept 17 Advising Event!

September 14, 2015

George Mason undergraduates from all majors are invited to this advising event. Find out what courses to take and much more. Read more...
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A Summer for Teacher Leaders

August 28, 2015

Students in the Transformative Teaching program met on campus for a week of intensive learning and fascinating meetings on Capitol Hill. Read more...
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Instructional Design Students Receive Association Award

August 21, 2015

Two students recently won a prestigious award, and credit the Instructional Design program for their success. Read more...
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Athletic Training Alumnus at Work With the Washington Redskins

August 14, 2015

An internship with the Washington Redskins while an athletic training student became the first step to a career with the NFL team. Read more...
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Education Honor Society Inducts 35 New Members

August 3, 2015

Kappa Delta Pi welcomes new members to Mason's chapter of the International Honor Society in Education. Read more...
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PhD Dissertations - Summer 2015

July 30, 2015

Congratulations to the twelve students in the PhD in Education program who are graduating in Summer 2015! Read more...
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TOUR 200 Online Course: For Students Intrigued by the Travel and Tourism Field

June 30, 2015

The TOUR 200 course is 100% online, open to all majors, and a great 3-credit introduction to the travel and tourism field. Read more...
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Graduating Student Attends Convocation Via Robot

June 22, 2015

Ever wish you could be in two places at once? One mom used a robot to attend her graduation and her daughter's. Read more...
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Outstanding Students Named 2015 Presidential and Dean's Scholars

June 15, 2015

Exceptional doctoral students entering the PhD in Education program in Fall 2015 have been selected as Presidential and Dean's Scholars. Read more...
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Student Focus: McKenna Weipert, Events Management

June 15, 2015

The rising senior is taking full advantage of Mason opportunities with a two-month, study abroad internship in London this summer. Read more...
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Students Are Part of the Action, Helping Coordinate World Police & Fire Games

June 11, 2015

Tourism and sports management students are getting real-world experience (and jobs) at World Police & Fire Games. Read more...
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Student Focus: Rachael Wray, Therapeutic Recreation

June 8, 2015

Rising senior Rachael Wray is the first to complete the Geriatrics Integrative Care Service certificate at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Read more...
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PhD Dissertations - Spring 2015

June 5, 2015

Sixteen students in the PhD in Education program recently defended their dissertations as part of the final requirements for receiving a doctoral degree. Read more...
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Mason Students Create Education Videos for Sierra Leone Orphanage

June 1, 2015

When the Ebola outbreak shut down a town in Sierra Leone, Mason students stepped in to help children keep learning. Read more...
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Rory Dippold Receives Virginia "Super Teacher" Award

May 29, 2015

Congratulations to Rory Dippold, recent PhD graduate and 7th grade teacher, who was just named a Virginia Super Teacher. Read more...
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Thank You Cam Video - GSE Graduation 2015!

May 17, 2015

Enjoy this video featuring graduates of the Graduate School of Education!  Read More...