PhD Program Specializations
The PhD in Education program is individualized, interdisciplinary, experiential and is designed for professional practitioners in education, including those in public or private schools, community or government agencies, professional associations, and other education-related settings.
This program provides an advanced professional education designed:
- To improve knowledge and skills useful in current or planned educational and counseling roles, and
- To improve the ability to analyze current social, economic, political, and ethical issues and concerns in their relationship to various educational and community situations and activities.
Our doctoral degree in education is individualized, interdisciplinary, and experiential. Students, with the guidance of faculty advisors, plan their own programs to meet self-defined goals. To accomplish these goals, students engage in a variety of intensive courses, independent studies, seminars, and internships of a highly practical nature. Success in the program requires a high degree of personal initiative, self-directed learning, and commitment to inquiry as a style of personal and professional growth.
PhD in Education specializations associated with the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program are listed below. Please visit the PhD program page for a complete list of specialization options.
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.
George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.