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.

This PhD specialization in Learning Technologies Design Research is the first of its kind with an innovative approach that engages doctoral students in real world, integrated design and research.

PhD in Education - Learning Technologies Design Research (LTDR) Specialization

General Culture (3 credits)

  • EDUC 800: Ways of Knowing (3 credit hours) ( OR EFHP860. EFHP 860 is for Kinesiology concentration students only. Other students should select EDUC 800. Course should be taken 1st semester.)

Educational Research (15 credits)

Specialization - Professional Knowledge and Skills (24 credits)

  • A 3 credit hour elective arranged in conjunction with academic advisor

Secondary Emphasis - Area of Scholarship (12 credits)

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).

Doctoral Dissertation (12 credits)

  • EDUC 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1 - 6 credit hours) (Must register for 3 credits the first semester enrolled in EDUC 998. Students preparing their proposal must register for 1 credit each semester thereafter until the proposal has been successfully defended)
  • EDUC 999: Doctoral Dissertation Research (1 - 9 credit hours) (Must register for a minimum of 6 credits the first semester enrolled in EDUC 999. Must register for at least 1 credit thereafter until all work has been completed including the semester in which degree is received)

Please visit the PhD program website for more detailed information about the PhD program options.