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, Georgia State University

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Coordinator, Region 4 Training and Technical Assistance Center
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities

Contact Information

Send email to Ms. Berlin

Phone: (703) 993-4496
Fax: (703) 993-4497
Email: kberlin (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall 211G
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Karen Berlin serves as an Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Coordinator for T/TAC. Karen is a member of the Autism Priority Project and the Instructional Priority Project for students with intellectual disabilities. Karen received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University, and her M./Ed in Special Education from Georgia State University. She is dually certified in early/middle education and special education, with endorsements in emotional disturbance, mental retardation, and severe disabilities. Karen has a variety of field-related experiences. She has taught students, preschool through adulthood, with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities in a variety of settings. The majority of her work has been with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her particular areas of interest are behavior, communication, vocational training, family supports, and inclusion.