School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - 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.

Job opportunities are abundant, and the health advantages of being in an activity oriented profession are priceless. You will be physically active on the job. Also, you will continue to learn new and improved ways of teaching students to pursue physically active lives through your school system.

You will get to know your students well and watch them grow and develop due to your school program. At no time has physical education and physical activity been more important to children and youth!

Career options for graduates of this B.S. Ed. program include:

  • Health and physical education teacher at the elementary level
  • Health and physical education teacher at the middle or high school level
  • Driver’s Education Teacher (requires an add-on endorsement)
  • Coaching
  • Camp Director
  • Recreation Leaders
  • Youth Sport Activity Leaders

Many graduates go on to earn a master's degree. These graduates have chosen some of the following careers:

  • Administrative positions in a school (i.e. department chair, assistant principal, principal)
  • College-level instructor
  • Leaders in the profession (i.e. local and national professional associations)
  • Activity Director (formerly called Athletic Director)

The Masters in Athletic Training has a 3-2 year plan to allow PHED students to complete their B.S. Ed in Physical Education and M.S. in Athletic Training in 5 years.  Check out the plan here