School of Kinesiology - 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 GMU PHED program is without a doubt one of the most outstanding programs in the country. Not only are the professors dedicated to developing high quality individuals in the profession of teaching, the program provides numerous practical experiences because of it's proximity to the Washington D.C. area. GMU not only provides an education, it helps you find a career.

Fernando (PHED Alumni)

I had a unique and wonderful journey that brought me to George Mason University’s Physical Education Program.  After a nearly decade long career, I decided I wanted to become a teacher.  I was unsure of how I would feel entering college as a career changer, and also being ten years older than several of my classmates.  I was very lucky to be in classes with a variety of students, some of the students were even in similar life situations as myself.  Our Mason PHED Program faculty and our classmates instantly felt like a second family.  With small class sizes, class instructors and professors gave me a lot of individual attention. I received career advice from not only our PHED Program instructors and professors, but from so many Mason Alumni Health and PE Teachers teaching in the counties in Northern Virginia. 

The PHED Program truly prepared me for teaching upon graduation.  The faculty goes above and beyond to provide us with meaningful experiences from classroom observations to involvement in state conferences to planning fun events like hands on learning about the Olympic sport of Curling.  Nearly all of my fellow classmates, including myself, received teaching jobs upon graduation because Mason’s PHED Program is so highly regarded in our profession both regionally and nationally. I loved my years learning and growing at Mason. But, what I love most about being a Health and Physical Education Teacher is waking up each day, and knowing that I am teaching my students skills that they will use the rest of their lives.

Hayley (PHED Alumni 2015)


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.