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School of Education - George Mason University

CPR Requirement for Internship and Licensure

To meet the state of Virginia’s requirement for certification and training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators (based on the current national evidence-based guidelines for CPR and AED), all students enrolled in an "initial licensure" state-approved educator preparation program—or applying for initial licensure—will need to present evidence of completing First Aid, AED, and hands-on CPR training when:

  • Applying for internship (student teaching)
  • Applying for licensure

Hybrid training courses (online and in-person CPR skills training) will be accepted.

Sending Verification of Training

Verification of your Emergency First Aid, CPR, and use of AED Certification or Training requirement (with hands-on component) must be submitted by the internship application deadline or with your licensure packet when filing for licensure. Students must submit proof of their training certificate or card. Documents should be scanned and emailed to or dropped off in Thompson Hall, Suite 2300 to be entered into the Mason system.

Note: Your CPR/AED/First Aid Certificate with hands-on component must be valid throughout the entire length of the internship. When emailing your certificate to, include your G-number in your email.


Below are the dates, times, and locations for Mason sponsored CPR/AED/First Aid Classes. Classes fill up quickly. Click HERE for registration and directions. Additional dates will be published below as they are scheduled.

*Location – AFC = Aquatic and Fitness Center (the address is linked below)

Adult and Pediatric CPR AED and First AidWednesday, March 20, 20245p - 9pAFC Classroom
Adult and Pediatric CPR AED and First AidWednesday, April 17, 20245p - 9pAFC Classroom
Adult and Pediatric CPR AED and First AidSaturday, May 11, 202411a - 4pAFC Classroom
Adult and Pediatric CPR AED and First AidSaturday, June 8, 202411a - 4pAFC Classroom
Adult and Pediatric CPR AED and First AidSunday, June 23, 202411a - 4pAFC Classroom

Additional Resources and Information

Click on the links below to find additional courses offered outside of the Mason campus. Please make sure you are signing up for a course that includes a “hands-on” component”:

  • American Red Cross
  • American Heart Association
  • Other providers will be accepted (ex: school division completion certificate) so long as all three training components are included, with a hands-on component.
  • If you currently hold a full Virginia teaching license that reflects completion of First Aid, AED, and CPR training, you can send a copy of your license to to verify completion of this requirement.

*Any person with a disability whose disability prevents him or her from completing the certification or training may submit a request for a waiver from this requirement. Acceptable Evidence: Request for Waiver Form