Designing Digital Learning in Schools Graduate Certificate
The 18-credit DDLS graduate certificate prepares P-12 teachers to design digital learning experiences for today’s classrooms and to assume leadership roles in implementing, supervising, managing, and integrating technology in schools.
The graduate certificate focuses on the interaction of design, technology, and content learning to influence P-12 teachers’ classroom practices in ways that promote their students’ abilities to problem solve, use information, participate productively in communities, become knowledgeable in disciplinary content, effectively communicate, and make ethical decisions.
The courses in this graduate certificate are offered in a cohort-based, blended format, providing both in-person and online experiences. The cohort provides students the opportunity to form close, supportive relationships with others in the graduate certificate during discussions and collaborative projects.
All of the DDLS graduate certificate courses can be applied to the Master’s concentration in Learning Technologies in Schools.
What You'll Learn
In the DDLS graduate certificate, P-12 teachers will investigate the theory and practice of digital learning, connect digital learning and knowledge outcomes, apply school-based design principles and processes to inform practice, and use a range of technologies appropriate for P-12 teachers.
Additionally, course work and learning activities engage teachers as leaders and advocates for digital learning.
What Are Possible Careers?
Graduates of the DDLS graduate certificate are prepared to assume leadership roles in implementing, supervising, managing, and integrating technology in schools.
- EDIT 780: Principles of School-Based Design (3 credits)
- EDIT 781: Designing for Information Using (3 credits)
- EDIT 782: Designing for Literacy (3 credits)
- EDIT 783: Designing for Problem Solving (3 credits)
- EDIT 784: Designing for Community Participation (3 credits)
- EDIT 787: Teacher Leadership and Advocacy for Digital Learning (3 credits)
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 15
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 5
Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 15
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below. Please review the FAQ page for more information.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
Admission to graduate programs at George Mason University is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic backgrounds, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. Faculty admissions review is a holistic review of requirements as well as the applicant’s potential academic and professional success upon completion of the program.
At a minimum all admitted students must have:
- An earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the graduate admissions policy for more information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, and/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study when evaluating the GPA requirement.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA resident and PK-12 VA educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD course fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total cost for Virginia residents per credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total cost for non-Virginia residents per credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA resident and PK-12 VA educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program** per credit||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate new student fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
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.
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