Program Description

This program is designed for K-12 educators who are interested in blending online and face-to-face instruction, teaching fully-online courses, or evaluating online educational options. This program 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 $707.00 per credit hour for VA state residents, $907.00 per credit hour for Non-VA residents, and $609.20 per credit hour for VA state residents who are eligible and apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

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. However, applications are accepted after the priority deadline when space is available. For more application information and deadlines, see the Admissions website.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Blended and Online Learning in Schools

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 16 total

Please note that this graduate certificate program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Why choose George Mason?

  • You can apply graduate certificate courses to a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Blended and Online Learning in Schools.
  • Online programs at George Mason University are as rigorous and academically rich as campus-based programs, but allow you to study whenever and wherever you want.
  • You will be able to experience a variety of online education models as a learner.
  • 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 certificate curriculum was designed according to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning’s (iNACOL) National Standards for Quality Online Teaching.

Requirements: 16 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

Tuition (2019-2020)

Virginia Resident$524.75
Non-Virginia Resident $870.75
VA Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*
Distance Learning Fee (waived for Fall '20)$35.00
Mandatory Student fee (applicable only to Virginia residents)$146.00
CEHD Course Fee $25.00
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit $730.75
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit $930.75
Total cost for VA Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)


Please Note:  Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher CEHD course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.

*VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Discount applies to tuition and mandatory student fees only.

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 the following positions:

  • K-12 teacher
  • Technology coordinator
  • Instructional media director
  • Virtual course instructor
  • 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
Follow CEHD on Twitter @MasonCEHD

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 a US institution that is accredited by one of the organizations found here 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.