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. All applicants to this program should have a valid K-12 state licensure. 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.

What it costs

The cost is $595.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $505.75 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 $795.00 per credit hour. Fees include a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, 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: 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 semester only. 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 Online Teachers and Learners | 1 credit
  • EDIT 761 Models for K-12 Online Learning | 2 credits
  • EDIT 762 Quality K-12 Online Learning | 1 credit
  • EDIT 763 Tools for K-12 Online Learning | 2 credits
  • EDIT 764 The ART of Online Communication | 3 credits
  • EDIT 765 Facilitating K-12 Online Learning | 2 credits
  • EDIT 766 Understanding Online Presence | 2 credits
  • EDIT 767 Designing K-12 Online Learning | 3 credits

Tuition (2017-2018)

Virginia Resident$595.00 plus fees
Virginia Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program
Non-Virginia Resident$1,416.00 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident enrolled in a CEHD
graduate program
$795.00** plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

*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 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

Priscilla Norton
Academic Program Coordinator
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 and English Proficiency Exams.


  • Enrollment is limited to teachers with K-12 state licensure
  • 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)

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • In-state tuition form (if applicable)
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended (applicants do not need to send transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (use Letters of Recommendation Form)
  • Goals statement

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