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SOE graduate degrees and programs equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to bring equity to education with a focus on anti-racist pedagogy, hands on learning experiences and practioner based learning. SOE offers a vast array of programs and modalaties.

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Undergraduate degrees

Undergraduates seeking teacher certification in elementary education should contact an advisor in the School of Education as early as possible. Admission to the university and declaration of a major does not constitute admission to candidacy in teacher education, which is based on academic and related performance criteria.

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Offered by the School of Education, the undergraduate program in Secondary Education is designed for students who wish to obtain teaching credentials in secondary education while completing their majors in the humanities, arts, natural and social sciences. The second major in Secondary Education meets certification requirements in the District of Columbia and establishes eligible for certification in over 40 states. Students should consult with the director of Teacher Education to coordinate their general and subject-area certification requirements with other university and major requirements.

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MASTER'S DEGREES

By joining American University's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, you are taking a step toward helping to build a better society by educating our world’s future citizens. We offer our students access to cutting-edge research, an engaging, progressive curriculum, and the latest technology that leaves you ready to educate the next generation of PK-12 students who must work together for a better world. With access to cutting-edge research and engaging coursework, you can create lasting change and immediately make a difference in your community by equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to solve society's biggest problems. American University's MAT is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in obtaining a teaching license in the following concentrations:

  • Early Childhood Education (PreK -3)
  • Elementary Education (1-6)
  • Secondary Education (7-12) with concentrations in English, social studies, math, biology, chemistry, and physics
  • English of Speakers of Other Languages (PreK-12).

The degree can be completed in less than two years.

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Schools and education organizations are in desperate need of dedicated professionals - innovative experts capable of making systemic reforms - to help improve the quality of education and strengthen opportunities for all individuals. With a master's degree in education (MEd) policy and leadership from American University, you will gain the knowledge and skills in policy, leadership, law, economics, and research necessary to transform schools and systems for the greater good.

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The American University International Training and Education Program (ITEP) is a unique, 30-credit Master of Arts (MA) program that offers students a strong foundation in theory, principles, and practice in international education, development, and intercultural exchange. For the past two decades, ITEP has provided an ideal environment for students who want to further their skills and experiences in areas such as training program design; intercultural learning and exchange; research and evaluation; transitional justice; internationalization of higher education; and equity in education.

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We offer our students access to cutting-edge research, an engaging progressive curriculum, and the latest technology that leaves you ready to educate the next generation of elementary students who must work together for a better world. With access to cutting-edge research and engaging coursework at American University, you can effect lasting change and immediately make a difference in your community by equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to solve society's biggest problems. American University's MAT was created for working professionals. The program is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in obtaining a teaching license in elementary education. The degree can be completed in less than two years. (Elementary Only)

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Schools and education organizations are in desperate need of dedicated professionals - innovative experts capable of making systemic reforms - to help improve the quality of education and strengthen opportunities for all individuals. With a master's degree in education (MEd) policy and leadership from American University, you will gain the knowledge and skills in policy, leadership, law, economics, and research necessary to transform schools and systems for the greater good.

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We offer our students access to cutting-edge research, an engaging progressive curriculum, and the latest technology that leaves graduates ready to educate the next generation of elementary students who must work together for a better world. Today’s schools serve students with diverse learning and behavioral needs that require teachers who can apply research to practice and engage diverse learners with therapeutic, creative and research based methods. With access to leaders in the field who help translate research to practice and relevant hands on coursework at American University, graduates can create lasting change and immediately make a difference in their community by equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to solve society's biggest problems. With a focus on social justice and equity, teachers from AU are masters at implementing diagnostic strategies to assess student and classroom needs while planning for positive change. American University's SPED program has had a long history of preparing teachers to meet the challenging needs of students with learning disorders. Today we expand that legacy in how we approach all learners with diverse needs, and how teachers can work to maximize the learning environment.

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DOCTORAL DEGREE

School districts, state education agencies, non- profits and other PK-12 education agencies need senior leaders with deep understanding of education policy, system level change, personal leadership, and research. This program equips students to enhance their knowledge , skills and beliefs with:

  1.  Systems change
  2. Social justice & anti- racism
  3. Personal leadership
  4. Policy and research

In alignment with the School of Education vision of preparing the next generation of highly effective education leaders, the EdD in Education Policy and Leadership program will support education practitioners to hone their leadership skills, empowering graduates to disrupt and transform education in the United States.

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Certificates

Among the greatest challenges in the United States today is the need to improve public education systems. The failure to provide effective education to all of our children-regardless of racial, cultural, economic, and linguistic background-widens the gap between those who thrive and those who struggle and fail in society. This certificate includes not only the required content and knowledge for education leaders, but also the antiracism mindset shift that we believe is necessary to dismantle racist practices and policies in classrooms, schools, and districts. American University's certificate program will offer a new, 18-credit post-masters graduate certificate in administration, supervision, and leadership (ASL), with a focus on antiracism leadership. The new executive-style program will be offered in different formats (including summer courses, weekends, week-long) to meet the needs of working professionals. Upon completion of the certificate, graduates will be eligible for state leadership certification in Washington D.C, Maryland and Virginia.

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