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Tuition Grant Program for DC Teachers

American University’s School of Education in the College of Arts and Sciences is committed to the continued development of public educators in the DC community. In this tradition, American University has designed a teacher training grant program to assist teaching professionals in gaining new expertise and obtaining academic credentials without formally enrolling in a degree program. 

Please see Tuition Grant Program for more information.


Career Switcher Discount 

The School of Education values the experience and tested knowledge of those successful careers outside of education. This experience and knowledge is an asset in the classroom and provides a strong foundation to a beginning career in teaching. We offer a 30% discount on certificate level classes to career-switchers. Career switchers include but are not limited to professionals outside of education, retirees and early leavers from the military, including numerous government agencies and private sector workplaces. Please send your resume to to determine eligibility of the career switcher discount. 


Teacher Ed Assistance for College & Higher Education (TEACH) Grant 

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. 

Please AU Federal & States Grants for more information.


Educational Equity Scholarship

The Educational Equity Scholarship was established in 2006. The scholarship provides support to deserving full or part-time students from under-represented populations within the university community pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the School of Education. Recipients must show strong academic achievement and a record of community service.

Please contact to request more information.


City Year

American University is partnering with City Year to offer Master degree options to City Year corps members, alumni and staff — please see the School of Education City Year page for more information.


The Ganek Family Student Teacher Mini Grants for Innovation in Education

The purpose of the Ganek Family Student Teacher Mini Grants program is to foster and support student teachers in the development of inventive classroom activities, lessons, projects, and experiments. The grants are designed to enable student teachers to explore new methodologies and experiment with activities and lessons while under the supervision of cooperating teachers in local schools. Mini grants are awarded every fall and spring semester to student teachers who promote academic excellence and design exciting learning experiences which meet curriculum standards. Find out more on the Ganek Mini Grants page.

Other Opportunities

Please see CAS Student Research & Travel Support for more scholarship and grant information.