College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

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.


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.

Ed.S., The George Washington University
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Sp Ed: General Curriculum
Special Education

Contact Information

Send email to Ms. Rioux-Bailey

Phone: (703) 993-9548
Fax: (703) 993-3681
Email: criouxba (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Finley Building 205A
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Carmen serves as Instructional Faculty for the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. She teaches Special Education courses for students seeking initial teacher licensure and/or a Master's Degree in Education

Carmen received a B.A. in Special Education from Marymount University, a M.Ed. in Education Leadership from George Mason University, and an Ed.S. in Special Education Leadership from The George Washington University.

Carmen began her career as a public school educator for students with disabilities. After teaching for twelve years, Carmen provided technical assistance and consultation services for the Virginia Department of Education through the Region 4 Training and Technical Assistance Center. She then served as the project coordinator for an OSEP-sponsored research study that examined the inclusion of students with disabilities in Title I schools and also coordinated a Department of Labor project aimed at improving services to youth with disabilities in WIA-funded workforce programs. Upon her return to GMU, Carmen became the Director of the GMU LIFE Program; a model postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities, and then joined the Special Education program as an Instructor.

Carmen is a founder of, and continuing advisor to, two IB public charter schools in Washington, DC. Washington Yu Ying serves grades Preschool to 5 in a 50-50 mandarin immersion environment, and DC International School serves grades 6-12 and offers partial immersion in Mandarin, Spanish, and French. 


Research Interests

  • China/US Education 
  • Students with ELN in International Education
  • Creating LRE Through the Creation of Least Restrictive Environments in Public Charter Schools
  • Inclusion of students with disabilities in Charter Schools
  • Inclusion of students with disabilities in language immersion programs
  • Inclusion of students with disabilities in International Baccalaureate programs
  • Transition Systems Change and Interagency Collaboration
  • Self-Determination and Person-Centered Planning
  • Disability Policy
  • Family/Sibling Supports

Recent Publications

  • Rioux-Bailey, C. (2004). Relish is for More than Hot Dogs: Helping Students Make Their Own Sweet Success. National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). Technical Assistance Guide (4).
  • Rioux-Bailey, C. (2004). Students with Disabilities and Access to Community College: Continuing Issues and New Directions. National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities (HEATH).
  • Mattson, B. Knab, J., and Rioux-Bailey, C. (2003). Case Study Report of Lowell Elementary School: Including students with disabilities in Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Grants. Arlington , VA. RMC Research Corporation.

Other Information

Instructor: EDSE 401, 428, 440, 501, 540, 544,  628,  629, 662, 743. EDUC 203

Topics of recent Conference Presentations:

  • Identifying and Serving Learners with ELN in International Education
  • Evidence-Based strategies in Foreign Language/immersion classrooms
  • Best Practices in Transition
  • Self-Determination
  • Sibling and Family Issues
  • Learning Strategies
  • Postsecondary Education for Students with Significant Disabilities
  • Interagency Collaboration