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Program Overview

In the Teacher Education Program you will:

  • Interact and learn from outstanding faculty known in the academic community for generating ground-breaking ideas for the improvement of education and instruction.
  • Take interesting and progressive classes in a small, individual-focused setting while be surrounded by students who share your interests in education and build a network of resources for your future.
  • Use DC as your classroom, as you experience the many educational opportunities that are found right in our city.
  • Participate in diverse field experiences in DC Public Schools and throughout the DC Metro Area.

Welcome Message

Greetings and welcome to Teacher Education Program at American University!

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
— William Butler Yeats

For those of you considering the profession of teaching, we welcome you to the Teacher Education Program in the School of Educationat AU. The members of the faculty in the teacher education program are dedicated to K12 education, and you will find yourself in a supporting, yet demanding, environment. .... more

Undergraduate Degrees

Are you interested in majoring in elementary education or secondary education?

Are you interested in minoring in education studies or special education?

Graduate Degrees

The master’s in teaching program is designed for students with no previous background or preparation in education who wish to acquire teaching licensure in early childhood, elementary education, secondary education (English, social studies, math, biology chemistry, and physics), K-12 education (health and physical education, foreign language, studio arts and performing arts), or English for speakers of other languages. Learn more about our graduate degree programs:

Professional Teaching Portfolio and Advising Schedule

https://goed.american.edu - Log in using your my.american.edu username and password. Current students should use GoEd to view their advising schedule and submit their portfolios.

Teacher Licensure in DC and Praxis Requirements

Applications for licensure can be obtained in Gray Hall 111. Please see teacher licensure page to find out detailed information about licensure and Praxis Requirements.

Professional Teaching Standards

New Teacher INTASC Standards
Standards of the National Teaching Organizations



Contact Us

Julie Sara M. Boyd, Gray 117
jboyd@american.edu, x3727
Director of the Office of Teaching Education

Amy Simonsen, Gray 111
simonsen@american.edu, x3715
Field Placement Coordinator

Graduate Assistant, Gray 113 teachered@american.edu, x3746


Program Video

Danielle Goldberg

Get an inside look into the Master's in Teaching Program. Faculty, program alumni and current students say what sets this program apart.


Blended Learning

Blended Learning

Learn how SOE alums are using the blended learning model in DC Public Schools

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