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Curriculum and Instruction | MEd Degree

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, Teaching & Health (SETH) at American University is designed for educators and other professionals interested in making an impact in K-12 schools and school systems. Students select a focus in educational policy or teacher leadership in literacy. Students with an educational policy focus can also pursue dual degrees in Public Administration or Public Policy with their MEd (see MPA and MPP information below).

Policy and Leadership Track

Students in the Policy and Leadership track acquire in-depth knowledge of education policy and practice, including the leadership skills required to effectively implement program and policies at the state and local level. Students work closely with both professors and current education leaders to explore how state and local leaders manage reform in complex systems and use evidence to solve education problems. Students have the opportunity to hone their knowledge and skills through case studies, research, field experiences, and other practical learning experiences. Program graduates work in a range of education organizations, such as school systems, charter management organizations, policy groups, and state and federal agencies. Graduates are also well positioned to continue on to PhD programs in education policy and research. 

Literacy Track (Teacher Leadership) 

The Literacy track prepares practicing teacher to become leaders by providing theories and practices of literacy education as well as the skills and knowledge to support other professionals in teaching reading. Students in this program learn to go beyond a narrow focus on reading comprehension strategies and learn how to help their students navigate multiple literacies. They also gain the coaching, mentoring, data-use, curriculum-design, and research skills necessary to be effective teacher leaders or literacy specialists.  

Partnership programs provide discounted tuition in a cohort program model are available for corps members and alumni of Teach for America, The New Teacher Project, and City Year.

Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) and Public Administration (MPA)

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for graduate study, applicants must earn a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE is required for applicants whose highest earned degree is a baccalaureate and for students who have completed a master's degree with less than a 3.5 GPA, and may be required for those with master's degrees and GPAs above 3.5. Applicants should have had at least three years of full-time teaching experience at the time of enrollment, and should have a standard teaching license. Applicants whose teaching experience occurred more than 10 years ago are encouraged to apply. 

Students must apply to the School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs (SPA). Admission to any of the participating teaching units in no way implies admission to the other unit.

Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) and Public Policy (MPP)

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for graduate study, applicants must earn a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE is required for applicants whose highest earned degree is a baccalaureate and for students who have completed a master's degree with less than a 3.5 GPA, and may be required for those with master's degrees and GPAs above 3.5. Applicants should have had at least three years of full-time teaching experience at the time of enrollment, and should have a standard teaching license. Applicants whose teaching experience occurred more than 10 years ago are encouraged to apply.

Students must apply to the School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the School of Public Affairs (SPA). Admission to any of the participating teaching units in no way implies admission to the other unit.


Fall 2015 Program Deadline

Please apply by July 1 for the Fall 2015 semester.


Partnerships

Partnership programs are available for corps members, alumni and staff of these organizations. Check out the benefits by clicking the links below:


Program Highlights

  • Four semesters of evening courses

  • Practical experiences with D.C. education and policy organizations

  • Cohort model with teachers and other education professionals

  • Full-time faculty and experienced practitioners, with policy, research, and school-based experience

  • Access to resources of world-class university