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Leaders Drive Equity in Education

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Among today’s greatest challenges in the United States is the need to create more equitable, antiracist schools. The failure to meet this need for all of our children - regardless of racial, cultural, economic, or linguistic background - widens the gap between those who thrive and those who struggle.

American University’s new, 18-credit post-masters graduate certificate in Anti-Racist Administration and School Leadership (ARASL) prepares anti-racist education leaders with the required content and knowledge, as well as the necessary mindset shift, to dismantle racist practices and policies in classrooms, schools, and districts.

The executive-style program will be offered in different formats (including summer courses, weekends, weeklong) to meet the needs of working professionals. Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will be eligible for state leadership certification in Washington D.C.

The ARASL program brings students and faculty together to analyze current education programs and policies across PreK-12 education. Course instructors will be working with AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center and are guided by the work of Dr. Ibram Kendi framework for anti-racism.

Eligibility

Open to individuals with a master's degree or currently working on a master's degree from an accredited institution; certification as a teacher or education professional (e.g., counselor, psychologist), and at least two years of school-based teaching, instructional leadership or pupil services experience. Substitute teaching experience does not apply.

  • 18 credit principal certificate that can be completed in 3 semesters
  • Emphasis on anti-racism
  • Cohort model with classes designed for full-time teachers
  • Mix of faculty and expert practitioners who bring policy, research, and school experience
  • Internship that brings learning and experience together

See full Admissions & Degree Requirements.

All students applying to the program are required to have at least 2 years of experience in PK-12 education.

  • Online application
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose- 500 words
  • Un- official transcripts
  • Resume gpa supplemental statement (If GPA is under 3.0)

Current MEd students must apply and be accepted to the certificate program in order to be eligible for Principal certification.

The certificates program's faculty are leaders in the field of administration and school leadership.

  • Dr. Robert Simmons, executive director, Black Educators Initiative
  • Dr. Jenice View, author, "Anti- Racist Professional Development for Practicing Teachers"
  • Mireille Lopez-Humes, former principal, current deputy chief program officer for Martha's Table
  • Simon Rodberg, founding principal DCI
  • Dr. Tiphanie Scroggins, director school performance and continuous improvement DCPS

New Student to AU School of Ed.

Option 1: Take individual courses. Students can select individual courses to take at their own pace.

Option 2: Take full cohort model starting summer or fall. This track leads to certification.

Alumni - MEd Program

Option 1: Take individual courses. Students can select individual courses to take at their own pace.

Option 2: Take full cohort model starting summer or fall (able to waive 2 courses. This track leads to certification.

Current MEd Students

Option 1: Take individual courses. Students can select individual courses to take at their own pace.

Option 2: Take ASL courses during your MEd course of study. Please reach out to Emily Funk at efunk@american.edu as soon as possible to plan your course of study. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For our next cohort that begins in summer 2020, application deadlines are as follows:

  • February 26: Priority deadline
  • March 26: Second priority deadline

The fall 2020 cohort application deadlines are as follows:

  • June 11: Priority deadline
  • July 9: Second priority deadline

No. Only students interested in earning a principal certification will need to apply to the program.

If you wish to take one-two courses follow the steps below:

  1. E-mail Ashleigh at ahuseth@american.edu with your: name, preferred e-mail and courses you are interested in taking
  2. We will help you to sign up for the course and guide you on where to pay tuition
  3. If/ when you are ready to join the full certificate program you can apply and begin the remaining set of coursework/internship

18 credit hours. Most students complete the program in 2 semesters.

No. We require a statement of purpose, resume, transcript(s), and one letter of recommendation.

*For students with one of our partnership programs, one or more letters may be waived, as well as the application fee.

Yes, the program was designed to accommodate students who work full-time. Classes are held Friday evenings and Saturday's.

  • 2 years of PK-12 teaching experience
  • Bachelors and Masters degree

Current master's students in our MEd program can take classes through the certificate program. Please reach out to Emily Funk at efunk@american.edu to discuss your course schedule.

Summer 2021

  • EDU 683 - Curriculum Design for the Classroom
  • EDU 687 - Instructional Leadership & Teachers Support
  • EDU 694 - School Improvement, Organization & Administration
  • EDU 631- Educational Leadership & Organizational Change
  • EDU 636 - Education Law and Policy

Fall 2021

  • EDU 683 - Curriculum Design for the Classroom

  • EDU 687 - Instructional Leadership & Teachers Support
  • EDU 694 - School Improvement, Organization & Administration
  • EDU 691- Internship

Spring 2022

  • EDU 631- Educational Leadership & Organizational Change
  • EDU 636 - Education Law and Policy
  • EDU 691- Internship

Contact Us!

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Email the program director, James Albright, today with any of your questions! 

jalbri@american.edu

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