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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 — and can pursue dual degrees in Public Administration or Public Policy with their MEd (see MPA and MPP information below.)

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. 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 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.


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.

For complete admissions and requirements info, please see AU Catalog.

 

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.

For complete admissions and requirements info, please see AU Catalog.