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School of Education

Online and on-campus programs include Education Policy & Leadership, Teacher Education, Special Education, and International Training & Education.

Dean's Welcome

At American University's School of Education (SOE) we are committed to creating and ensuring excellent learning experiences and schools for every child. SOE is a vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and alumni with the passion for equity and excellence in education. We work every day to achieve our vision through cutting-edge research, innovative district partnerships and outreach, development of relevant and inspiring coursework, and ongoing effective practice in the most challenging education settings.

We believe Washington, DC, is an exceptional place to pursue a degree in education. Our working environment, in every dimension, reflects both the aspirations and opportunities in teaching and learning. As such, joining us brings a multitude of possibilities-from observing world-class special educators in a unique lab school setting to acquiring knowledge and skills in international policy formulation.

In sum, our students graduate prepared to enter education-oriented careers. Our graduates are sought after for their ability to translate what they have learned to real-world education needs. I hope that you will peruse our website for more information about our programs and faculty. And, don't hesitate to contact us if you want to learn more. You can find a directory that lists our distinguished faculty and the staff members below can answer any of your questions about our programs:

I'm confident that we can help you advance your career in education! Thanks for your interest in our School of Education.

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy


Dual Enrollment program launched for seniors in DC Public Schools.

SOE Professor Sarah Irvine Belson to lead AU Office of Research.

SOE will host its second Summer Institute on Education, Equity & Justice (SIEEJ) conference this month, June 27-29. Featured speakers include Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.

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Announcement ·

School of Education Achieves Stand-Alone Status

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Seminar on Education Policy and Leadership

Education ·

From Theory to Practice

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Online & On-Campus Degree Programs

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Online Master's Programs

The School of Education offers two online master's options: Education Policy & Leadership and Teacher Education (Elementary Track). 

Online Degrees

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Education Policy and Leadership

Offering an MEd in one of two tracks: Policy Studies or Teacher Leadership. On campus or online.

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Special Education

Offering an on-campus MA in Special Education: Learning Disabilities. 

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International Training and Education Program

Offering an MA, ITEP focuses on education in global and cross-cultural settings.

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Teacher Education

Offering an MAT, BAs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education, and Minors in Education and Special Ed. On campus or online.

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Graduate Events

Learn about the School of Education graduate programs at our upcoming events. Program directors and admissions staff will answer any questions and discuss program highlights, requirements, and application procedures.

Open Houses

Make a Gift to the School of Education

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We hope you will support the School of Education with a generous donation. Your support will help us to continue building strong partnerships centered on quality education and engaged practitioners.

You can make a gift through the American University Giving page to the School of Education Dean's fund. We also hope you will consider writing in a specific designation for giving to two special programs:

  • Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Collection
    The Gerstel Collection and annual symposium gives students, children, parents and the community a safe, comfortable space for reading multicultural books that deal with critical literacy and issues of social justice and equity.
  • Educational Equity Scholarship Program
    The Educational Equity Scholarship will be awarded to a person of color who wants to pursue his or her graduate degree in teacher education, concentrating on elementary, secondary, ESOL, or special education. This person must show a commitment to improving equity in and the quality of urban schools. Special consideration will be given to DC residents and to those candidates who commit to teaching in the District after graduation.