School of Education - George Mason University

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.

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.  

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 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, and 404
  • Satisfactory completion of all required general education and professional concentration courses.
  • Submit VCLA passing scores and Praxis II Subject Assessment Health and Physical Education (5857) passing scores.
  • Emergency First Aid, CPR and Use of AED Certification or Training with “hands-on” component. Recommended training: American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
  • Submit to a background check run by our school agencies and partners*

Procedure to Student Teach

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.