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CEHD Online Programs

Earn a graduate certificate or master’s degree online!

Take advantage of the convenience and flexibility of online courses to earn a graduate certificate or a master's degree in education. Apply to George Mason University to enroll in one of our 100% online or hybrid programs. 

(Tuition discounts are now available! Virginia educators receive a 15% discount off of George Mason University's in-state tuition rate. Out-of-state discounts are also available. See below for more.)

The online programs offer graduate credits in programs such as education leadership, special education, and more. The courses are taught by the same professors and instructors who teach at George Mason University's campuses, located just outside of Washington, D.C. You'll receive rich, research-based instruction from renowned and well-connected faculty who encourage discussion and care about your academic and professional success. 

Learn about George Mason's online programs in the following areas, or contact an advisor today!

 
Special Education
 
Applied Behavior Analysis
100% online graduate certificate
hybrid master's degree
call about contract options
This program increases the professional training of individuals responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring behavioral treatment and verbal behavior training programs in schools, private practices, and agencies such as psychiatric hospitals and training centers. You'll learn how to bring about improvements in human behavior and quality of life, particularly in the areas of autism, intellectual disabilities, psychiatric disorders, geriatrics, and more. Successful completion of the program meets the course work requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Examination.
Assistive Technology
100% online graduate certificate
100% online master's degree
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This graduate program is offered by a special education division ranked among the Top 20 by U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings. Created especially for practitioners, families, and caregivers who use assistive technology while working with people with disabilities, the program provides the latest information on how to use technology to open up new capabilities and opportunities for students, individuals in workplace and rehabilitative settings, and senior adults.


Leadership Development
 
Education Leadership
100% online master's degree
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Are you a teacher who's been waiting for a 100% online education leadership program? Your wait is over! George Mason University's NCATE-accredited and state-approved Education Leadership program is now available fully online. Completion of this program fulfills the academic requirements for licensure in Administration and Supervision PK-12 in Virginia. The Education Leadership program prepares you to take the next step in your career, whether as a school principal, district administrator, or in another education leadership role. The program includes a large faculty of 11 professors with impressive credentials, including several former superintendents.
Literacy Leadership for Diverse
Schools: K-12 Reading Specialist
hybrid master's degree
call about contract options
This new master's degree program prepares teachers to meet the literacy needs of today's diverse learners, including special education students and English as a Second Language students. The program develops your literacy leadership and coaching skills and focuses on the knowledge and abilities needed to begin making a profound difference in students' reading, writing, and language development. The course work meets the academic requirements for Virginia K-12 Reading Specialist advanced licensure.
  • See below for information on tuition discounts
  • Program information: master's degree (33 credits)
  • Time to completion: approx 3 years or less for master's (MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Literacy Leadership for Diverse Schools: K-12 Reading Specialist)
  • When to start: fall, spring, or summer semester
  • E-mail an advisor: literacy@gmu.edu
  • Apply now »
Mathematics Specialist Leader (K-8)
hybrid master's degree
call about contract options
 
One of the first of its kind in the nation, this program is acclaimed for preparing teachers to take on leadership roles as K-8 mathematics specialists. The program provides elementary and middle school teachers and math coaches with a strong foundation in mathematics content, instructional strategies, assessment, and school-based leadership. It includes the required course work for Virginia state endorsement as a K-8 Mathematics Specialist.
  • See below for information on tuition discounts
  • Program information: master's degree (30 credits)
  • Time to completion: approx 3 years or less for master's (MEd in Education Leadership, with a concentration in Mathematics Specialist Leader K-8)
  • When to start: fall, spring, or summer semester
  • E-mail an advisor: mathspec@gmu.edu
  • Apply now »


Learning Technologies
 
E-Learning
100% online graduate certificate
call about contract options
This leading-edge program provides you with specialized knowledge in instructional design and e-Learning practices that utilize current and emerging technologies to meet education and training goals in schools, communities, government agencies, and corporate settings.
Instructional Design and Technology
hybrid master's degree
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This highly regarded master's degree program is taught by leading faculty who are at the center of a network of Washington-area instructional designers from both the government and business sectors. The program provides professionals with the knowledge and skills to design effective and innovative learning solutions to instructional and performance problems.
  • See below for information on tuition discounts
  • Program information: master's degree (30 credits)
  • Time to completion: approx 18 months - 2 years for master's (MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Instructional Design and Technology)
  • When to start: fall, spring, or summer semester
  • E-mail an advisor: learntech@gmu.edu
  • Apply now »
Integration of Online Learning
in Schools
100% online graduate certificate
100% online master's degree
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More and more schools are offering online instruction, even at the elementary school level. What are the requirements for successfully teaching and designing K-12 online learning? This program, specifically created for K-12 classroom teachers, provides an immersive understanding of how to teach in blended and fully online environments, and is taught by professors at the forefront of research and practice in online learning. 


Teaching Development
 
Literacy: K-12 Reading Specialist
hybrid graduate certificate
hybrid master's degree
call about contract options
This program develops research-focused, student-centered teacher leaders. The course work is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with literacy course work that provides a strong foundation in literacy and reading instruction. The master's program meets the academic requirements for the Virginia K-12 Reading Specialist advanced license. (The certificate program does so as well, if you already hold a master's degree).
Transformative Teaching
online master's w/2 summer weeks
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Available only from George Mason University, this new online master's degree program is for experienced teachers who are inspired by social justice and the possibility of increasing your impact in the classroom and beyond. You'll discover how to leverage your skills and knowledge to make empowering and equitable learning environments available to all students, regardless of economic backgrounds, abilities, races, cultures, or other factors. Through collaboration, leadership, and education research, you will discover new ways to think, act, and impact issues of teaching, learning, and social justice from your classroom outward.
  • See below for information on tuition discounts
  • Program information: master's degree (30 credits)
  • Time to completion: approx 2 years for master's (MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Transformative Teaching)
  • When to start: summer semester
  • E-mail an advisor: trteach@gmu.edu
  • Apply now »


 
International Education
 
Advanced International
Baccalaureate Studies
100% online graduate certificate
online master's w/2 five-wk summers
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This program is for teachers who are currently working, or wish to work, in IB schools worldwide. It develops research-focused, student-centered teacher leaders, with course work that focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research that undergirds the International Baccalaureate program, specifically its Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. Successful completion of the graduate certificate makes students eligible to apply for the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. Completion of the master's degree makes students eligible to apply for the IB's advanced certificate. A FAST TRAIN program.
International English as a
Second Language Education
online master's w/2 five-wk summers
call about contract options
 
Teachers who wish to work in international schools around the world will benefit from this master's degree program that provides instruction in teaching English as a Second Language. The program covers research and methods for teaching preschool through high school ESL students. The course work meets the academic requirements for earning a Virginia teacher’s license in English as a Second Language (ESL) education. A FAST TRAIN program.
  • See below for information on tuition discounts
  • Program information: master's degree (30 credits)
  • Time to completion: approx 2 years for master's (MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in International English as a Second Language)
  • When to start: summer semester
  • E-mail an advisor: fasttrain@gmu.edu
  • Apply now »
Special Education - Learning Support
100% online graduate certificate
call about contract options
This program, created especially for teachers, assistants, and counselors working in international settings, provides a foundation in special education learning support. You'll develop skills in indentifying PreK-12 students with special needs and in differentiating instruction, providing appropriate resources, and creating effective lesson plans to help them succeed. Licensed teachers can use the course work towards licensure renewal points and/or transfer them to George Mason University's master's degree program in special education. Unlicensed educators can apply the courses towards a licensure program in special education at Mason. A FAST TRAIN program.


Tuition discounts now available!

Students who enroll in the College of Education and Human Development may be eligible for tuition discounts.

For Virginia Educators: PreK-12 educators may receive a 15% discount off of the university’s approved tuition rate for in-state graduate students. The discount results in a tuition reduction of more than $200 on each three-credit course. See application deadlines and requirements at cehd.gmu.edu/teachva.

For Out-of-State Students: Out-of-state students may receive an automatic discount of approximately 45% off of the university’s approved tuition rate for out-of-state graduate students. The discount results in a tuition reduction of more than $1,500 on each three-credit course. See details at cehd.gmu.edu/news/stories/tuition-discounts.

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The College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University includes one of the most comprehensive education schools in Virginia. The college is fully accredited by NCATE and all licensure programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education.