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.

What Teacher Preparation Programs does Mason offer?

At CEHD, teacher preparation programs can be majors, certificates, accelerated master’s programs, or traditional master’s programs. Not all options are available for every teaching area. The chart below describes details of each track.

 

Track Teaching Areas Typical Time to Complete * Degrees Earned
Undergraduate Major Music
Health and Physical Education
Theater
4 years
Details
Students must select this track in their first year of college in order to meet all the requirements in four years.
Bachelor’s degree in content area
Undergraduate Certificate Math (grades 6-12)
Biology (grades 6-12)
Chemistry (grades 6-12)
Physics (grades 6-12)
Earth Science (grades 6-12)
English (grades 6-12)
4.5 years
Details
The additional requirements of the undergraduate certificate typically take an extra semester to complete.
Bachelor’s degree in content area
AND
Undergraduate certificate in Secondary Education
Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's (BAM) Math (grades 6-12)
Biology (grades 6-12)
Chemistry (grades 6-12)
Physics (grades 6-12)
Earth Science (grades 6-12)
English (grades 6-12)
History/Social Studies (grades 6-12)
Elementary Education (PK-6)
Early Childhood Education (PK-3)
Special Education
5 years
Details
Students must be accepted by the master’s program in their junior year and then begin taking graduate classes during their senior year in order to complete the program in five years.
Bachelor’s degree in content area
AND
Master of Education
Traditional Graduate Programs Art
English as a Second Language
Foreign Language
International Elementary
All other teaching areas
5-6 years
Details
Students complete the undergraduate degree first (typically four years) and then complete the master’s or certificate program (typically one to two years).
Bachelor’s degree including content area classes
AND
Master of Education or Graduate Certificate

*Estimated timeframe assuming the student chooses this option early enough to complete the pre-requisite content area classes in sequence, applies to and is accepted by the educator preparation on schedule, and is a full-time student.