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.

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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.

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PHED students participate in 6 faculty-supervised practicum experiences in addition to Student Teaching, in PHED 202, PHED 274PHED 308, PHED 403, PHED 404, and HEAL 405.  

These field experiences are designed to provide hands on learning experiences from Elementary through Secondary Education and are spread out over the course of the program.

By your second semester at Mason you will already have the opportunity and skill set to teach a lesson at the Elementary level.

These experiences occur in the school systems and you will have to be cleared by them in advance.*

In addition to the required experiences, PHED students are encouraged to seek volunteer or paid experiences in the field throughout their time at Mason.

Student Teaching

Inquiries about student teaching should be directed to Ms. Luanne Norden, the Student Teaching Coordinator at lnorden@gmu.edu or 703-993-2032.

Eligibility to Student Teach

  • GPA of 2.5 in the area: Physical Education Major (BSED).
  • C or better in HEAL 405, PHED 308, 403, 404, and 415
  • Satisfactory completion of all required general education and professional concentration courses.
  • Passed Praxis I, Praxis II (Health and Physical Education Test Code 5857), and VCLA exams Reading and Writing
  • Submit to a background check run by our school agencies and partners*

Procedure to Student Teach

  • Complete the Application for Student Teaching a semester prior to taking PHED 415.
  • To student teach in the fall semester, application is due to academic advisor by February 1.
  • To student teach in the spring semester, application is due to academic advisor by September 1.
  • You will be notified of your placements at the end of the semester.

Student Teaching Forms

*Note: This program requires multiple field experiences. Our school and agency partners require Mason students to be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check prior to field experience work. Students must assume the risk that classes may be deferred and their program delayed due to the individual severity of notations on such a check and review by individual agencies.

Students are strongly advised to disclose any/all legal incidents that may appear on their records. While fully disclosing any/all incidents does not guarantee placement, failing to do so, whether or not such incidents resulted in conviction, may cause denial of placement for field experience or internship throughout the school division.  Individuals with misdemeanor(s) on their record may be denied access.

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1. Lesson plan format needed in the courses: PHED 202, 308, 403, 404 and 415.

2. Lesson plan format needed in HEAL 405

3. Dispositions form for PHED 201, 202, 403, 404, and 415

Professional dispositions are behaviors expected of any professional person and are critical in the development of teachers. Basic dispositions are evaluated in a variety of classes directly related to teaching in schools. Students evaluate their developmental stages by choosing 1 of 4 behaviors for each disposition that best describes them. This evaluation assists students in learning about expectations needed for becoming successful teachers and working toward developing those behaviors. In addition, it is required by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

4. Student Teaching Forms:

Praxis Resources

For PRAXIS Test information, go to www.ets.org/praxis. Local testing sites and registration are through Prometric Candidate Services at 1-800-853- 6773.

Praxis Preparation Workshops are provided through the Graduate School of Education.For more information E-mail: oes@gmu.edu

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Professional Organizations:

The Virginia Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) is the state association that represents our field of study. Membership applications are located at this site.

Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) SHAPE America is the largeest organization of professionals involved in physical education, activity, dance, school health and sport--all specialties related to achieving an active, health lifestyle. Explore PE.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a site with current statistics and other useful information related to health and physical activity.

The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport houses the President’s Challenge used by children and adults alike for tabulating their physical activity levels. Other interesting and useful information on national fitness is presented.

General Health and Physical Education Sites:

PE Central (pecentral.org) is a website for Health and Physical education teachers with many lesson plans and teaching tools.

PE 4 Life (pe4life.org) is designed to inspire active, healthy living by advancing the development of quality, daily physical education programs for all children.

PE links 4 U (pelinks4u.org) focuses on technology for physical education classes.