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MEd Curriculum and Instruction | Welcome Message

Welcome Message from the Director of the Masters in Education Programs

Welcome to the Masters in Education program in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health at American University. The MEd program is designed for educators and other professionals interested in education policy and leadership, with two areas of concentration:

  • Education Policy and Program Implementation (Policy and Leadership)

  • Teacher Leadership in Literacy (Literacy)

The Policy and Leadership track prepares educators and other professionals to serve as leaders in education organizations – including federal and state education agencies, school districts, and nonprofits that implement education policies and programs. Students work with professors and education leaders to develop knowledge and skills in leadership, policy, law, economics, and research needed to effectively administer education programs and policies at all levels.  

The Literacy track prepares current educators to continue serving within schools as teacher leaders who use evidence and collaboration to provide literacy support and shape literacy-based school-improvement efforts. Students in this track develop deeper knowledge about how to support teachers and school-wide change in the area of literacy.  

Learning about educational policy and leadership in our nation's capital offers students unique opportunities they cannot find elsewhere in the country, including access to policy makers (current and former) and an engaged education reform community at the federal and local level. As program director and professor in the program's education law course, I can also vouch that the group of graduate students attracted to AU's MEd program have extraordinary educational experiences and a remarkable commitment to social justice through education reform. 

I look forward to meeting you! 


Jason Snyder Director, MEd program

Fall 2015 Program Deadline

Please apply by July 1 for the Fall 2015 semester. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Masters in Education Graduate Assistant at curriculum@american.edu or 202-885-6900.


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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