School of Education - George Mason University

Welcome to the Division of Special Education & disAbility Research!

To be successful in your program, it is important to remember that each student is responsible for knowing Mason’s rules, regulations, requirements, administrative policies and academic policies. Every student must meet with his advisor upon admission to the program to create a program of study. Even if students know which program/s they will pursue and their sequence of coursework, it is beneficial to discuss plans for internships, testing requirements, transfer options if applicable, etc. It is highly recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester to review degree progress and plan for future semesters. The University Catalog, your program advisors, and the staff in the Student and Academic Affairs Office are key resources to assist you as you work toward completion of your degree requirements.

Your Academic Advisor is:

Heather Aycock Jancy Templeton
(703) 993-4361
M, T 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
W, R 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
F 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fairfax Campus, Finley 102D
Appointments recommended
(703) 993-2387
M, T 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
W, F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fairfax Campus, Finley 102E
Appointments recommended

R 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Loudoun, by appointment only
Undergraduates with last names A-M Undergraduates with last names N-Z
Graduate students (non-cohort) with last names A-M Graduate students (non-cohort) with last names N-Z
PWCS cohorts LCPS cohorts
FCPS Special Education-General cohorts FCPS Adapted cohorts

Virtual Drop-In Advising

Virtual drop-in advising hours are available through Blackboard. During these sessions, students receive one-on-one advising on a first-come, first-served basis. To access the virtual advising session please use the links below during the times listed:
Mondays: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Jancy Templeton) — Join this session
Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Jancy Templeton and Heather Aycock) — Join this session
Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Heather Aycock) — Join this session

Students may attend any advising session to speak with an advisor. Sessions are cancelled when Mason is closed or otherwise indicated.

Schedule an Appointment

Students may schedule or cancel appointments no less than 24 hours in advance. Advisor calendars are open two weeks in advance. If no appointments show as available with your assigned advisor, please check back in a day or two to see if new times have opened up. You can also e-mail general questions to your advisor. Phone and face-to-face meeting options are available. Click the image below or go to to access GMU SSC Campus..

Student Success Collaborative logo

Steps for scheduling (.docx):

  1. Click the GMU SSC Campus button. You will be redirected to a page where you will enter your NetID and password, the username and password you use for Patriotweb.
  2. Submit and confirm your password sharing preference before clicking on "Accept."
  3. Click “Schedule your advising appointment” on the top right.
  4. Click on “Schedule an Advising or Registrar Appointment,” select “College of Education and Human Development as your college and choose “Special Education Advising” as your service.
  5. Select a location: Special Education-Phone/Fairfax or Special Education-Loudoun.
  6. Select Jancy Templeton or Heather Aycock.
  7. Choose the date and time of your appointment. Appointments can be made up to 2 weeks in advance and no less than 24 hours prior to the appointment time.
  8. Add comments and your cell number for a text reminder (optional).
  9. Click Confirm Appointment. You will receive confirmation and a reminder email.

Contact if you have any questions or if you have any issues with the scheduling system.