MEd in Curriculum and Instruction
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.