Program Description

The Learning Technologies Certificate with a Concentration in e-Learning 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.

Complete the certificate within a year and apply all 15 credits to the online MS in Learning Design and Technology degree. Gain specialized knowledge in learning or instructional design and e-Learning practices using current technologies and theories.

Application Deadline

Fall deadline, August 1

Spring deadline, December 4

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The George Mason University faculty dedicates time throughout the year to hold interactive sessions online for those who would like to learn more about the programs we offer. If you would like to find out more about what you can expect from an online Learning Technologies Certificate, visit our pre-recorded Virtual Open House and watch at your convenience. For information on upcoming sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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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?

The online e-Learning Graduate Certificate is for professionals who want to learn the best ways to create learning solutions that help others build their skill sets and levels of expertise.

Though you don’t need to hold a specific undergraduate degree to succeed in the program, applicants tend to have degrees in the behavioral, informational, or social sciences, business administration, or education.

Why George Mason?

  • E-Learning Graduate Certificate can be applied to the online MS in Learning Design and Technology
  • Part-time online format provides flexibility and accessibility for working professionals anywhere
  • Top 50 Best Online Master’s in Education programs and #13 Best Online Master’s in Education for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report, 2022
  • Competitive tuition makes our top-rated education available to more students

Program requirements for the online Learning Technologies Certificate at Mason are subject to change.

Requirements: 15 credits total

Courses for Mason’s online Learning Technologies Certificate are offered in a convenient, part-time asynchronous format. Students who graduate from the e-Learning Graduate Certificate Program may apply all 15 credits to the online MS in Learning Design and Technology degree, leaving only 15 additional credits to complete the master’s.

Required Courses

  • EDIT 526 Web Accessibility and Design | 2 credit hours
  • EDIT 575 e-Learning Design Applications | 2 credit hours
  • 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
  • EDIT 772 Virtual Worlds, Augmented Reality, and Gaming Applications | 2 credit hours

Tuition & Fees (2023-2024)

Tuition is priced at $805 per credit hour. An additional charge of $35 per credit hour applies for a Distance Learning fee.

Financial Aid

For information on grants, scholarships, and loans, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

Career Descriptions

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the training and development specialists position is projected to grow 9% from 2018-2028 — faster than the average of all occupations.

According to the BLS, the largest employers of training development specialists are in the following sectors:

  • 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.

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request Information form or contact our admissions representative via the contact information below.

Phone: 703-348-5006

In order to apply, applicants must have earned a U.S.-equivalent bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply, addressing previous academic challenges and highlighting evidence for future success in their personal statement.

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee

Click here to apply today.

Admissions FAQs

Can I take courses without applying?
Only students who are admitted to the online Learning Technologies Certificate with a Concentration in e-Learning may take classes in the program.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The online Learning Technologies Certificate with a Concentration in e-Learning is 15 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 1 year.

When are classes held?
Classes for online students are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning they can be viewed interactively at your convenience. However, all courses are instructor facilitated and students still must meet all study deliverable requirements and deadlines.

What accreditation does Mason hold?
George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.