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College of Education and Human Development
Fall 2010 Overview
Unit Description

The College of Education and Human Development is composed of two sub-units: the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism (RHT). GSE’s degree, licensure, and certificate programs are focused on teacher and counselor preparation, advanced studies for teachers and school leaders, instructional technology, and research training. GSE offers many of its academic programs in an innovative cohort outreach format that takes faculty out into the school and community sites where practicing and aspiring professionals work. RHT has undergraduate and master’s programs in recreation, exercise science, health and physical education, athletic training, sport management, and tourism and events management. In total, the College of Education and Human Development has 23 academic programs with approximately 3300 students (2600 of whom are graduate students) and 110 full-time instructional faculty members. In addition, over 1000 non-degree students enroll each year in continuing and professional education courses.

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism has experienced rapid growth during the past 6 years, including a doubling of its undergraduate enrollment. RHT is now focusing on new graduate programs in sport and recreation studies and in tourism and events management. In contrast, the Graduate School of Education is focused on the construction of undergraduate pathways to its graduate teacher licensure and degree programs that will accelerate the process of professional preparation for Mason undergraduates.

CEHD houses 11 research and service centers, including the widely acclaimed Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. The Kellar Institute employs approximately 30 research and professional faculty on funded state and federal projects focused on improving the lives and productivity of persons with disabilities. Other long-standing centers include the Center for the Advancement of Public Health, the Center for Language and Culture, the Center for Education Policy, and the Center for Restructuring Education in Science and Technology. Several additional centers have been chartered in recent years, including the Mathematics Education Center, the Center for International Education, the Center for Sport Management, the Diversity Research and Action Center, and the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity. CEHD also maintains a broad range of effective professional development partnerships with school systems and community agencies in the National Capital Region.

CEHD aspires to strength and balance in its teaching and research activities. In teaching, the College is committed to exemplary teaching, mentoring, and academic services, and to meeting urgent personnel preparation and professional development needs in the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. In research, CEHD is committed to advancing scientific and applied knowledge in ways that have a consequential impact on individuals, on groups and organizations focused on education and human development, and on society at large. The CEHD faculty includes many nationally prominent scholars in fields such as special education, educational psychology, sport and recreation studies, instructional technology, literacy, and social justice. Many faculty serve as journal editors and officers of professional organizations, as well as contributing significantly to national and regional policy concerns in education and human development. External funding has averaged over $8.5M per year during the past two years.

Headcount Total Fall 2010 4,373
Undergraduate 774
Graduate 3,599
Average Age 33
% Female 78
% Minorities 16
% Non-Res Alien 2
% Full-time 27
% Out-of-state 16
Faculty (by Tenure Status)
Tenure/Tenure-Track 90
Restricted 27
Total 117
Faculty (by Type)
Instructional 114
Research 3
Total 117
Admin/Support Staff 85
Part-time Faculty 215
Graduate Assistant 84
Total 384
Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 27
Admin/Support Staff 14
Part-time Faculty 28
Graduate Assistant 9
Total 78
% Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 23.1
Admin/Support Staff 16.5
Part-time Faculty 13.0
Graduate Assistant 10.7
Total % of Minority Faculty/Staff 15.6
Graduate School of Education
Recreation, Health & Tourism
Undergraduate Degrees
Athletic Training
Health, Fitness & Recreation Resources
Physical Education
Tourism and Events Management
Graduate Degrees
MA New Professional Studies
MED Counseling and Development
MED Curriculum and Instruction
MED Education Leadership
MED Special Education
MS Educational Psychology
MS Exercise, Fitness & Health Promotion
MS Sport and Recreation Studies
PHD Education
  1. Programs in Initiatives in Educational Transformation, Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Education, and Multilingual/Multicultural Education are nationally recognized and considered to be leading models.
  1. Fall faculty and student data were based on the University's fall official census snapshots, usually taken in the mid of Oct.
  2. Faculty and students from minorty ethnic background include African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.