The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) prepares and inspires professionals who improve lives and make a difference for our community and for the world. Innovative, inclusive, and cutting-edge, CEHD is a nationally recognized leader in educator preparation, special education, counseling, and school leadership.

Create Life-Changing Experiences

At the heart of CEHD’s success are 130 distinguished faculty members, including many nationally prominent scholars, each committed to creating life-changing experiences that allow students to move forward in their own careers. Home to 11 centers engaged in groundbreaking research, CEHD is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 50 best education schools in the country.

Priority Funding Needs

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    Mason LIFE Fund

    The Mason Learning into Future Environments (LIFE) Program is a supportive academic university experience that offers a four year postsecondary curriculum of study to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Its duel mission is to educate students with IDD through academic, employment, residential living, and social life programing, and to be an apprenticeship for other GMU students.

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    The Elizabeth G. Sturtevent, PhD Center for Literacy

    The center supports outreach, scholarship, and research-based teaching of reading and literacy. Support for the center will allow the Literacy and Reading Program to continue tutoring service to the community, expanding the number of K-12 students served as well as providing a year-round location for supporting students’ literacy development.

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    CEHD Scholarship and Fellowship Fund

    An education at one of the most inclusive research universities in the country is an opportunity that all students should have, regardless of financial status. Shifts in funding streams means more Mason students are forced to assume increased student loan debt, work multiple jobs, or defer college until later in life.


Shirley Hartman

Senior Director of Development
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“Our college is driven by our commitment to add societal value through innovative research, academic programs, and community partnerships that support lifelong learning and well-being to our region and beyond. We are honored to provide world class education and experiential opportunities to students who pursue mission driven careers across our Schools of Education; Kinesiology; and Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management.”

—Dean Ingrid Guerra-López