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City Year — give a year Partnerships: Master Degree Options for City Year Corps Members, Alumni and Staff

American University is partnering with City Year to offer Master degree options to City Year corps members, alumni and staff. City Year affiliated participants will be able to choose from six degrees in the School of Education, Teaching & Health (SETH) and the School of Public Affairs (SPA). These programs include flexible course delivery, a cohort based design, discounted tuition and are designed for those corps members who want to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and transform public schools.


Overview of Program Options

  • Masters in Special Education: Learning Disabilities (K-12) (33 credits)

  • Masters in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood (preK-3), Elementary (1-6), Secondary (English, social studies, math, biology, chemistry, physics - 7-12), and K-12 Education (bilingual, foreign language, physical education, performing art, studio art) (33 credits)

  • Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy (30 credits)

  • Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction in Educational Policy and Leadership (30 credits)

  • Dual Degree: Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction in Educational Policy and Leadership (30 credits) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Masters in Public Policy (MPP) (30 credits)


Please contact:

Lindsay Joy
Senior Administrative Assistant
School of Education, Teaching & Health
tel. 202-885-3786
e-mail: joy@american.edu

Overview of Program Options

MEd Curriculum and Instruction Program

Programs of Study

(program courses and semesters)

To view more details about program, please go to the City Year give a year Partnerships page.

To Apply

Deadline to apply for Fall enrollment is July 1. Applications will be processed on a rolling admissions basis. The application process for City Year corps members, alumni and staff include the submission of:

  • Click here to complete the online application;

  • Official transcripts (sealed) from any institutions previously attended;

  • Official ETS-delivered GRE scores for MEd Candidates: please send electronically using GRE school code: 8439 (no department code);

  • Special Education and MAT Candidates must submit passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Sills for Educators Exam (CORE) electronically to American University (code= 5007);
  • a Letter of Intent (which is included in the online application) written by the applicant related to his or her background and career interests. 

  • Please indicate your City Year experience in your letter of intent as part of the application.

SETH will waive the application fee and the letters of recommendation requirement. City Year participants should have completed their year of service before entering this program; however, currently serving corps members are encouraged to apply during their corps year and if accepted, are eligible for all benefits specified above upon successful completion of their corps year.

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To Verify Your
City Year Affiliation

City Year applicants seeking to be considered for the give a year scholarship are required to submit a letter verifying their City Year affiliation. Please send an email to the City Year Alumni & Career Services Manager at giveayear@cityyear.org with "American University SETH: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent to the American University SETH program office and added to your applicant file.

Tuition Rates for Fall 2015*

Regular Tuition City Year Participant

Student Payment Student Payment
MA Special Education

MAT: Early Childhood, Elementary, K-12, Secondary, Bilingual

MEd: Literacy









MEd: Educational Policy and Leadership $55,484 $33,930
Dual Degree MEd + MPA + MPP $120,166 $66,795

American University will waive 6 credits for the MEd and MAT programs and 3 credits for the MA program for City Year alumni and staff given their work in urban schools.

*Tuition costs in subsequent year will increase based on the American University published tuition rates.