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School of Education - George Mason University
The designing digital learning in schools concentration empowers our graduate students to make the most of the latest classroom technology and pass the benefits onto their own students.

This concentration is for practicing teachers who wish to gain knowledge and skills for integrating digital learning and PK–12 curricular knowledge outcomes.

The program is framed by four learning outcomes:

  • Investigation of the theory and practice of digital learning
  • Connection of digital learning and knowledge outcomes
  • Use of design principles and processes to inform practice
  • Knowledge of a range of technologies appropriate for PK–12 learners

What Makes Our Program Unique?

With growth in digital learning already accelerating prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, learning how to leverage best practices for designing digital learning is now more important than ever.

Our concentration examines theory and practice, connects digital learning and outcomes, and uses design principles to inform practice in ways that maximize results for teaching PK–12 learners. It covers what you need to be equipped for the 21st-century classroom, and it culminates in a professional development portfolio to showcase your updated skills to employers.

What Are Some Benefits for Graduates?

This degree allows you to grow your career with the advantages of a master’s degree, including the possibility of increased pay and the opportunity to be a curriculum leader in your school, while this concentration positions you to be at the forefront of a cutting-edge area in the education field, making you an even greater asset to your school and community.

Who Should Apply?

Educators holding a bachelor's degree with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes 12 credits of core education courses and 18 credits of DDLS concentration courses. This is not an initial licensure program.

Can I Use Graduate Credits from Other Universities to Reduce my Course Load?

Possibly! University policy allows for up to 12 credits (depending on the program) that have not been previously used to complete a degree to be transferred from another accredited graduate program. Consultation with an ASTL advisor is necessary to determine if and which courses may be acceptable to a specific concentration. The literacy: K-12 reading specialist concentration does not allow for substitutions. Substitutions cannot be made for the five core courses of the ASTL program (EDUC 612, EDUC 613, EDUC 614, EDUC 606, EDUC 615). Course work that is older than six years will not be accepted, even if the courses were taken at Mason.