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.

What may seem like an unimportant fact to the untrained eye may be of the upmost significance when it comes to understanding the way someone learns.

The Mason, College of Education and Human Development, Educational Psychology Program is committed to the core values of collaboration, innovation, research-based practice, ethical leadership, and social justice. This certificate program actualizes these values in partnership with local school districts to identify school leaders who are interested in acquiring the requisite skills to manage and participate in administrative or classroom-level data teams for employing Data-Driven Decision-Making (DDDM). For more information please see our Program Brochure

Why earn a Graduate Certificate in Data-Driven Decision-Making?


  • Understand how to use data to answer questions about student academic achievement and/or behavior
  • Understand when and how to use different measurement strategies
  • Become a better consumer of data:
    • as a classroom teacher
    • as a school administrator
    • as an instructional coach
    • as a test coordinator
  • Apply courses toward recertification for teacher licensure
  • Transfer up to 12 credit hours into the Master's degree in Educational Psychology (with permission from academic coordinator)

Skill Development in:

  • Data collection, analysis, interpretation, and use of results for decision making
  • Development and application of formative assessments for self-selected areas of instruction
  • Reporting of assessment results to pertinent stakeholders
  • Use of appropriate evaluation methods for DDDM

School-based Cohort:

  • Cohorts geared toward the classroom or district level (e.g., teacher, school administrator)
  • Flexible instructional delivery
  • Content specific cohorts ( e.g., special education, science, math, other)
  • Problem-based learning experiences
  • Application of skills to real-world problems
  • Courses taught by the faculty in the Educational Psychology Program
  • Qualified public school personnel may co-teach courses when applicable
  • Learn to provide data-driven instruction to improve student success

Degree Requirements

Total: 12 credits