Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Learning Technologies Design Research (LTDR)

The Division of Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Development is proud to announce the PhD specialization, Learning Technologies Design Research (LTDR).

This PhD specialization is the first of its kind with an innovative approach that engages doctoral students in real world, workplace-based integrated design and research. The LTDR PhD specialization supports the in depth study of design-based research methods that address cross disciplinary research and development (R&D) in the design of learning technologies that improve organizational performance, the design of K-12 technology solutions and technology teacher education, and the design of emerging technologies and practices such as mobile learning, virtual worlds, and augmented reality experiences.

As a doctoral student in LTDR, you will build your credibility as an expert in the field of learning technologies as well as consider an R&D approach investigating new directions in the field that can integrate with your current work responsibilities or advance your career in a different direction. Doctoral candidates complete a sequence of core courses as well as choosing from one of three secondary emphases: Instructional Design and Technology (IDT); Designing Digital Learning in Schools (DDLS); or Blended and Online Learning (BOLS).

Candidates will follow admissions and portfolio processes established for the general PhD in Education Program.

Learning Technologies Design Research doctoral student Maha Al-Freih presents at Conference on Higher Education on Increasing Learners' Retention and Persistence in MOOCs Design-Based Research Plan

Learning Technologies Design Research doctoral student Maha Al-Freih presents at Conference on Higher Education on Increasing Learners' Retention and Persistence in MOOCs Design-Based Research Plan.