Program Description

This program is designed for K-12 educators interested in blending online and face-to-face instruction, teaching and designing fully online courses, or evaluating online educational options. This degree adds a valuable dimension to professional teaching qualifications, signifying advanced knowledge and expertise to employers. Subject to your school division guidelines, students may be able to earn professional development credits for taking courses in this program. It is expected that applicants to this program have a valid K-12 state licensure, but exceptions can be made for those teaching in private schools or other contexts where state licensure is not required.

What it costs

The cost is $630.75 per credit hour for VA state residents or $536.14 per credit hour for VA state residents who are eligible and apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount. All out-of-state students qualify for an automatic 40% discount and a cost of $830.75 per credit hour. Fees include a $35 per credit hour Distance Learning fee. New Student and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has a priority application deadline of April 1 for Fall, with a final deadline of August 15. The priority deadline for Spring is November 1, with a final deadline of January 6.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Curriculum and Instruction

Concentration: Blended and Online Learning in Schools

Degree: MEd

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 30 total

Please note that this master’s program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Why choose George Mason?

  • This first-of-its kind program is completely K-12 focused, and will be applicable to goals for your career or classroom.
  • Online courses from George Mason University are as rigorous and academically rich as on-campus courses, but allow you to study whenever and wherever you want.
  • All students in this program receive one-on-one advising from faculty.
  • In this program you will have the opportunity to experience a range of online educational models as a student yourself.
  • You will enter the program in a cohort, which means you will be able to learn and grow with the same group of dedicated students for the duration of your studies.
  • The content and design for Mason’s program is guided by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning’s (iNACOL) National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.

Requirements: 30 credits total

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

New students may begin in the fall and spring semesters. As part of a cohort, you will not need to worry about which courses to take or when courses will be offered, as each course builds upon the previous.

  • EDIT 760 Blended and Online Teachers and Learners | 1 credit
  • EDIT 761 Models of Blended and Online Learning | 2 credits
  • EDIT 762 Quality K-12 Blended and Online Learning | 1 credit
  • EDIT 763 Tools for K-12 Blended and Online Learning | 2 credits
  • EDIT 764 Blended and Online Communication | 3 credits
  • EDIT 765 Facilitating K-12 Blended and Online Learning | 2 credits
  • EDIT 766 Understanding Blended and Online Presence | 2 credits
  • EDIT 767 Designing K-12 Blended and Online Learning | 3 credits
  • EDIT 768 K12 Online Design I | 1 credit
  • EDIT 769 K12 Online Design II | 1 credit
  • EDIT 791 Project Development Practicum I | 6 credits
  • EDIT 792 Project Development Practicum II | 6 credits

Tuition (2018-2019)

Virginia Resident$630.75 plus fees
Virginia Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program
Non-Virginia Resident enrolled in a CEHD
graduate program
$830.75** plus fees
Distance Learning Fee$35
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)

*For Virginia Educators:
Starting in Fall 2014, PreK-12 educators in Virginia may receive a 15% discount off of the university’s approved tuition rate for in-state CEHD graduate students. For application deadlines and requirements, see

**For Out-of-State Students: Starting in Fall 2014, out-of-state CEHD students may receive an automatic discount of approximately 40% off of the university’s approved tuition rate for out-of-state graduate students. For further details, see

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you may be qualified for positions such as:

  • K-12 teacher
  • Technology coordinator
  • Instructional media director
  • Virtual course instructor and designer
  • Curriculum director
  • CIO or other district technology leader

Online learning at the K-12 level grows substantially year by year and new career opportunities open regularly. To further determine how the program can help you meet your personal and professional goals, contact Dr. Jered Borup ( to set up a time to speak with an advisor.

Program ContactsJered Borup
Assistant Professor
CEHD Advisor
Program Website
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All applicants should review the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Admissions page. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of study is required (Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)
  • Applicants to this program are expected to have a valid K-12 state licensure, but exceptions can be made for those teaching in private schools or other contexts where state licensure is not required

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • In-state tuition form (if applicable)
  • Two transcripts from each college and/or university attended (applicants do not need to send transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University). Unofficial transcripts can be used to apply but official transcripts are required once accepted to the program
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Goals statement

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CEHD Admissions Office at or (703) 993-2010.