School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

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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.

In addition to the teacher candidacy capstone course, students also have the opportunity for five practical learning experiences in schools. These experiences are central to a student's professional growth and development.

Applying for BSEd Status

BSEd status identifies the student as a teacher candidate. This status must be obtained in order to complete the BSEd Physical Education Degree; in addition, certain courses in the curriculum are restricted to those with BSEd status only.

When students initially declare a major in Health and Physical Education, their status is Pre-Bachelor or BPRE. They must successfully complete certain courses, exams, and the appropriate application form to be admitted to the BSEd Status.

Requirements to change status from BPRE to BSEd:

Four Year Students

  • Complete 45 hours of college course work
  • Pass BIO 124 and BIO 125
  • Pass PHED 201 and PHED 202 with a C or better, and complete student teaching within 5 years
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Praxis
    • Recommended: Obtain a passing score of 150 for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Math (5732) and 470 composite score on VCLA
    • OR obtain a passing score for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading (5712) passing score of 156, Writing (5722) passing score of 162 and Math (5732) passing score of 150.
    • OR its approved substitutes* (SAT or ACT - see note below)
  • Earn 10 professional development points

Transfer Students

  • Pass BIO 124 and BIO 125
  • Pass PHED 201 and PHED 202 with a C or better
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Praxis
    • Recommended: Obtain a passing score of 150 for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Math (5732) and 470 composite score on VCLA
    • OR obtain a passing score for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading (5712) passing score of 156, Writing (5722) passing score of 162 and Math (5732) passing score of 150.
    • OR its approved substitutes* (SAT or ACT - see note below)
  • Earn 10 professional development points

Students with a Degree

  • Pass BIO 124 and BIO 125
  • Pass PHED 201 and PHED 202 with a C or better
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Praxis
    • Recommended: Obtain a passing score of 150 for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Math (5732) and 470 composite score on VCLA
    • OR obtain a passing score for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading (5712) passing score of 156, Writing (5722) passing score of 162 and Math (5732) passing score of 150.
    • OR its approved substitutes* (SAT or ACT - see note below))
  • Earn 10 professional development points

Once those requirements are completed, all students need to:

  • Complete the Application for BSEd Status.;
  • Obtain a copy of their degree audit (or photocopied transcript) from patriotweb.gmu.edu indicating that they have a GPA of at least 2.5;
  • Attach a photocopy of the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators scores on the Reading, Writing and Math tests OR a photocopy of their SAT or ACT Scores.
  • Attach a statement of two pages, typed and double spaced describing (a) experiences working with children, (b) career goals in education and (c) reflection on their professional development experiences.
  • Attach Professional development plan.

PRAXIS and VCLA Help:

* Note – Approved substitutes for PRAXIS 1:

For SAT taken after April 1, 1995 score of 1100 with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests. For SAT taken prior to April 1, 1995, a score of 1000 with at least 450 on the verbal and 510 on the mathematics tests. For ACT taken after April 1, 1995, a composite score of 24, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 22, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 46. For ACT taken prior to April 1, 1995, a composite score of 21, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 21, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 37. [Please note that you must have taken and met passing scores for the ACT Mathematics and English Plus Reading tests. At one time, the English Plus Reading test was not offered.]