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Education, Teaching & Health

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, Teaching & Health (SETH) at American University, designed for educators and educational professionals to provide a strong foundation in educational theory and practice, is tailored to meet the needs of practicing teachers who are interested in extended study. SETH, ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 75 graduate schools of education in the country, attracts students from across the country and from across the globe who are interested in our in-depth, practical programs.

Students select a focus in educational policy and leadership, literacy, or educational technology.

The educational policy and leadership program is designed for professionals with focus on teacher development, supervision, and school management. The program prepares candidates to develop effective professional development programs, provide mentoring and instruction for new teachers, and develop assessment and evaluation programs for schools and other educational organizations. Graduates from the program have in-depth knowledge of educational policy, and go on to work in a range of educational organizations, in both formal and informal settings. This includes work in school systems, with educational policy groups and government agencies, and in universities. Graduates are also well positioned to continue on to PhD programs in Education Policy and Research. Candidates in the education policy and leadership program are also eligible to complete a dual degree program (leading to a Masters in Public Administration or a Masters in Public Policy) with AU's School of Public Affairs.

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.

The literacy program prepares practicing teachers to become literacy specialists by providing a thorough grounding in theory, principles, and practices of literacy education as well as a critical understanding of key contemporary issues in relation to the teaching and learning of literacy and language. 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.

The technology program, with specializations in mathematics or science, is designed for teacher and educational leaders with particular interest in integrating technology into the curriculum. Students explore and analyze how math and science instruction is presented in schools and other educational organizations.