Program Description

The e-Learning Graduate Certificate Program provides specialized knowledge in instructional design and e-Learning practices that utilize current and emerging technologies to meet education and training goals in government, industry, and non-profit organizational settings. Individuals seeking to enhance their e-Learning skill set grounded in instructional design best practices are encouraged to apply.

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 priority application deadlines of April 1 for Fall with a Summer start, July 1 for Fall, and November 1 for Spring.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: E-Learning

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 15 total

Who should apply?

Program participants are current and aspiring learning professionals seeking the knowledge and skills to design effective and innovative learning solutions to instructional and performance problems.

Why choose George Mason?

  • This innovative, practitioner-oriented program prepares learning professionals for careers in the digital learning technology space.
  • Content is grounded in the industry-based competencies defined by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction.
  • The program is a two-time winner of the Learning! 100 Award honoring organizations that embrace collaboration, innovation, and high performance.
  • Faculty combine academic expertise with real world experience, bridging theory and practice to deliver impactful learning experiences.
  • Multiple delivery formats accommodate the needs of working professionals.

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

Requirements: 15 credits total

  • 9 credits core courses
  • 6 credits elective courses

Sufficient courses are offered to complete the entire certificate online. Most online courses are delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester.

Core Courses

  • EDIT 611 Innovations in e-Learning | 3 credit hours
  • EDIT 705 Instructional Design | 3 credit hours
  • EDIT 706 Business of Learning Design and Technologies | 3 credit hours

Elective Courses

Choose six credits from the following:

  • EDIT 526 Web Accessibility and Design | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 530 Scripting and Programming | 2 credit hours
  • EDIT 571 Visual Design and Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 572 Digital Audio/Video Design and Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 573 Project Management | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 574 Social Media and Digital Collaboration Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 575 e-Learning Design Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 576 Mobile Learning and Applications | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 771 Overview of Digital Media | 1-3 credit hours
  • EDIT 772 Virtual Worlds, Augmented Reality, and Gaming Applications | 1-3 credit hours

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$595.00 plus fees
Virginia Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program
$506.00*
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 cehd.gmu.edu/tuition-discount-for-virginia-educators.

**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 cehd.gmu.edu/news/stories/tuition-discounts.

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 Descriptions

Graduates from this program have been offered positions at organizations such as Battelle, Bixal, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International, ManTech International Corporation, Management Concepts, McKinley Group, National Geographic Society, SAIC, Smithsonian Institution, and more.

Program graduates are prepared for a variety of positions including:

  • Instructional Designer/Developer or Instructional Technologist
  • Instructional Systems Designer
  • e-Learning Developer
  • Learning Strategy Consultant or Learning and Performance Strategist
  • Curriculum Designer
  • UX (User Experience) Designer
  • Social Learning or Mobile Learning Designer
  • Educational or Curriculum Software Consultant
  • Training Specialist or Corporate Trainer
  • Learning Architect or Learning Technology Specialist
  • Learning Performance or Learning Strategy Consultant
  • Leadership positions such as Director/Associate Director, Manager/Senior Analyst, Project Manager, and Program Manager

All Mason students have access to career guidance and resources through University Career Services.

Further Studies

Students completing the e-Learning certificate program may concurrently enroll in the partially online Instructional Design and Technology MEd program.

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Program ContactShahron Williams van Rooij
Academic Program Coordinator
Phone: (703) 993-9704
Email: swilliae@gmu.edu
Academic Program OfficeInstructional Design and Technology
Graduate School of Education
Phone: (703) 993-3798
Fax: (703) 993-2722
Email: learntech@gmu.edu
Program Websitehttps://learntech.gmu.edu/instructional-design-technology/academics/elearning-graduate-certificate
CEHD Online Websitehttps://cehd.gmu.edu/academics/online
"Like" Department on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/MasonLearnTech
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 and English Proficiency Exams.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study (Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) that addresses reasons for choosing Instructional Design and Technology as your academic program (include interest in the field of study, academic and work experiences, and career objectives)
  • 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)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references targeting instructional technology and academic abilities (use Letters of Recommendation Form)
  • Current resume

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