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.

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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.

The Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for accreditation of Teacher Education promote standards of professional competence and dispositions. Dispositions are values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues, and all members of the learning community. The School of Education expects students, faculty, and staff to exhibit professional dispositions through a:

Commitment to the Profession

  • Promoting exemplary practice
  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Advancing the profession
  • Engagement in partnerships

Commitment to Honoring Professional Ethical Standards

  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Trustworthiness
  • Confidentiality
  • Respect for colleagues and students

Commitment to Key Elements of Professional Practice

  • Belief that all individuals have the potential for growth and learning
  • Persistence in helping individuals succeed
  • High standards
  • Safe and supportive learning environments
  • Systematic planning
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Reciprocal, active learning
  • Continuous, integrated assessment
  • Critical thinking
  • Thoughtful, responsive listening
  • Active, supportive interactions
  • Technology-supported learning
  • Research-based practice
  • Respect for diverse talents, abilities, and perspectives
  • Authentic and relevant learning

Commitment to Being a Member of a Learning Community

  • Professional dialogue
  • Self-improvement
  • Collective improvement
  • Reflective practice
  • Responsibility
  • Flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Continuous, lifelong learning

Commitment to Democratic Values and Social Justice

  • Understanding systemic issues that prevent full participation
  • Awareness of practices that sustain unequal treatment or unequal voice
  • Advocate for practices that promote equity and access
  • Respects the opinion and dignity of others
  • Sensitive to community and cultural norms
  • Appreciates and integrates multiple perspectives

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