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.

MEd, George Mason University

Contact Information

Send email to Ms. Fulcher

Phone: (703) 993-2017
Fax: (703) 993-4370

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1252
4400 University Dr.
MS 4C2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Debra Fulcher is an Instructor in the College of Education and Human Development.  Debra retired from Fairfax County Public Schools where she served as Coordinator in the Office of Early Childhood and Family Services. Prior to that, she was an early childhood education specialist and worked with schools on the implementation of several initiatives including Success by Eight.  She also co-authored the FECEP/Head Start Prekindergarten Program of Studies and chaired the committee that worked with the Virginia Department of Education on the alignment of the PALS screening test with the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA).  Debra was a primary classroom teacher for 24 years before moving to central office.  Debra received her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Early Childhood with a concentration in Special Education: Learning Disabilities from George Mason University.  She has Virginia state endorsements in Educational Leadership and Administration.  Debra has a Virginia postgraduate professional teaching license in NK-7 and Administration and Supervision PreK-12.

Research Interests

  • Quality and research based early childhood practices for working with diverse young children
  • Community, school and family collaboration as an approach to ensure smooth transitions for preschoolers into public school
  • Teacher leadership in early childhood


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