School of Education - George Mason University

Health and Physical Education

Mason's Health and Physical Education program is the largest in the state of Virginia yet boasts an average student-faculty ratio of 20:1. The program has been in existence for several decades and is highly respected by teachers and administrators in the field.

Earning a degree with licensures in Health Physical Education from Mason qualifies you to teach 13 grades (k-12) at 3 levels; elementary, middle and high school.

Mason is centrally located amongst the top high schools in Virginia as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Our Teacher Candidates benefit from our close relationship with these outstanding schools as they are mentored by their highly qualified teachers. 

Our program is approved by Virginia’s Department of Education. 

  • Largest Health and Physical Education Program in the state
  • Over 75% of graduates earn teaching positions after graduation
  • Has an average student-faculty ratio of 20:1
  • Cutting Edge Research-Based Curriculum
  • State of the Art Facilities
  • Student Teaching Placements are amongst the top-ranked schools in VA
  • Located in a vibrant D.C. Metropolitan Area

What Students are Saying...

"The program required students to research, study, and participate in every type of activity—from football drills to dance and gymnastics—and to develop and teach numerous lesson plans to students in both elementary and secondary schools. The entire experience was a whirlwind of learning, growing, and building friendships along the way. Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing."

Donna Voelkel, BSEd Physical Education '19

"I created a PE family while attending this program that has lasted since graduating and during my teaching career. I believe that represents the core of this program. It develops amazing educators and people, and alum who are proud to say they were part of the Health and Physical Education program..."

Ashleigh Braxton, BSEd Physical Education '17


Cutting Edge Curriculum

You can be part of this great program with a research-based curriculum where you'll study the latest biomechanics, physiology and health and wellness principles.  You will be learning and working in state of the art facilities across campus including the 120,000 square foot Recreation Athletic Complex and the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center.

You have the opportunity for 5 practical learning experiences in schools in addition to your teacher candidacy capstone course. These experiences are central to your professional growth and development.

Graduates of our program are well prepared to begin careers as professional educators.