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.

M.A., University of Nebraska
Health and Physical Education

Contact Information

Send email to Ms. Norden

Phone: (703) 993-2032
Fax: (703) 993-2025

George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Bull Run Hall 206
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00 am and by appointment


Ms. Norden is the Coordinator of Student Teaching for the Health and Physical Education Teacher Licensure Program. She also observes and evaluates teacher candidates at their placement schools. Ms. Norden developed and teaches two online courses, Program Development and Resources in Health Education (HEAL 516) and Personal Health (HEAL 110). HEAL 516 and HEAL 405 meet the health methods requirement for teacher licensure in Virginia.

Research Interests

  • Developing effective strategies and procedures to prepare students for teacher licensure in health and physical education
  • Collaborating with the public schools for field experience and student teaching placements in health and physical education
  • Developing online courses

Other Information

Student Comments (selected from course evaluations):

I love the videos and taking the quizzes to learn the material. I enjoyed the Personal Change Plan project, and I honestly looked forward to learning something interesting every week.  I also enjoyed that the modules were done at my own pace, having it be an online class was very convenient. I also liked the fact that assignments were due on Monday as it gave me plenty of time to work on assignments over the weekend. I loved the assignments. They were very helpful and educational. (HEAL 110)

This course was the most organized online course I have taken. Every detail was laid out and explained. Frequent updates and reminders. (HEAL 110)

The Personal Change Plan was a great way to put personal health into action and it was good to have to look at 4 other peoples’ presentations to see what others were trying to improve on. I thought the quizzes were another good way to keep you on track and was good practice for the tests. Very discussion based. (HEAL 110)

The course was very engaging and hands on especially with the projects and assignments. I enjoyed teaching the health lesson at the school. (HEAL 405)

I liked the specific feedback on lessons which helped me know I was either in the right or wrong direction. Also I liked having to use different health apps and assessments. I wish this wasn’t the only time we had a health course specific to teaching. (HEAL 405)

The way it was structured. Assignments were spread out and instructions were always clear. Before this class I was not excited about teaching health. After this class I am excited. (HEAL 405)

Professor Norden was very accessible and always went above and beyond to answer questions or concerns we had. (PHED 415)

I was very pleased with the guest speakers we had. Ms. Norden does a really good job of clearly laying out expectations. Keep up the great work! (PHED 415)

Amazing guest speakers. Amazing cooperating teachers. (PHED 415)