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Teach for America @ AU


Known for creating meaningful change in the world, American University is proud to partner with Teach for America (TFA) as part of a joint effort to confront educational inequity. This partnership opens the door to offer three master’s degrees and one graduate certificate—at reduced tuition rates—from AU’s School of Education (SOE) to TFA corps members, alumni, and staff. Our Master of Arts in Special Education: Learning Disabilities prepares teachers to meet the specific needs of preschool, elementary, junior high, high school, and adult students at risk for or living with learning disabilities. The Master of Arts in Teaching is a five-semester program that prepares graduates for direct entry into positions as classroom teachers and other related careers. The third option, Master of Education (MEd) in Education Policy and Leadership, offers the policy studies track or teacher leadership track. Students will take courses built on a cohort-based design and, upon graduation, will be well equipped to engage in transformative education policy and practice. The final option is the graduate certificate in Adminstration, Supervision, and Leadership (ASL) program, designed for students to build and sharpen skills required to be leaders of schools (public, private, charter), districts, charter systems, or education-related organizations. 

AU’s students receive a well-rounded education experience by participating in cutting-edge research, interning at world-class institutions, and networking with well-connected alumni and faculty. Students are distinguished for their commitment to service, wholehearted leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities. Together with TFA corps members, alumni, and staff, American University will continue to make strides and meaningful progress in educational outcomes within the United States and abroad.

About the Campus

The American University campus is located in the capitol of national and international politics. Amid historical landmarks, students are inspired by past and present political decisions that have shaped our country and impacted lives nationwide. Access to current and former policy makers, at both local and federal levels, offers students unique opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere. From completing a practicum at a local school to conducting research with a distinguished institution, our graduates are exposed to a wide variety of methods, materials, and program-specific academic skills—preparing them to join the varied and diverse workforce of tomorrow.

Our rich national and local heritage attracts students from all 50 states, and countries around the globe, resulting in an above-average university diversity ranking. AU’s diverse student body is evidence of our commitment to encouraging new ideas and ways of thinking. In addition, American University’s President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion has taken action to introduce a mandatory course on diversity for all first-year and transfer students and to increase faculty diversity.

AU faculty members have a wide variety of backgrounds. They are veteran teachers, esteemed authors, and researchers, involved with national and international scholarly organizations, and have received awards and recognition for their contributions to the education industry. Combined with experience teaching abroad, our faculty brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to AU’s classrooms to challenge and inspire the next generation of teachers and leaders.

Our Online Programs

The increasing pace of our modern lives necessitates an education that is convenient, flexible, and affordable. An online education provides students, from working professionals to single, stay-at-home parents, with the means and opportunity to achieve a higher education degree that is accessible—without sacrificing value. AU’s School of Education is proud to offer all three master’s education programs entirely online for TFA participants and AU students.

AU’s online programs are focused on clinical training, evidence-based frameworks, creativity, and innovation in educational approaches. The online learning environment offers live debates, breakout discussions, virtual presentations, and remote one-on-one meetings with faculty. AU faculty members are world-class educators—as well as thinkers, innovators, and leaders—who are shaping the field of education. Our programs challenge both experienced and aspiring teachers to develop a keen understanding of education policy, maintain awareness of developments in the educational sphere, and realize their full potential to change lives through teaching.


Teach for America Tuition Comparison*
Full Program Tuition Rates for AY 2020* Regular Tuition

Partnership Discount Student Tuition


Partnership Discount Student Tuition


  Student Payment Student Payment Student Payment
EdD: Education Policy and Leadership $75,920 not offered at this time $53,996
Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate (ASL) $32,616 $23,157 not offered at this time
MA: Special Education $60,289 $39,059 not offered at this time
MAT: Early Childhood $66,011 $39,059 not offered at this time
MAT: Elementary $60,611 $39,059 $37,918
MAT: English as a Second Language $66,210 $43,034 not offered at this time
MAT: Secondary $55,012 $39,059 not offered at this time
MEd: Policy Studies $55,012 $39,059 $39,059
Med: Policy Studies Hybrid $54,360 $38,596 not offered at this time
MA: International Training and Education $55,012 $39,059 not offered at this time

*All fees listed above are estimations and may vary depending on the number of cohort participant enrollments and actual increases in annual tuition.

Please note, American University will waive up to 3 credits for the MA (2) & MAT Elementary (3) (on-campus) programs for TFA participants.


AU Program Graduate Assistants and Program Directors are here to answer your questions! Ask us about:

  • Degree program content
  • Setting up a visit to a class
  • Partnership benefits

Educational Policy and ASL Certifcate: | 202-885-6900

Special Education: | 202-885-3731

Teacher Education: | 202-885-3746

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The priority deadline to apply for on-the-ground fall enrollment is Feb 1 and the 2nd deadline is March 1. Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling admissions basis until cohorts are filled.

Students can begin online programs in the fall, spring or summer sessions. Online admission deadlines vary. Please check for deadlines.

The application process for TFA participants, alumni, and staff includes the following:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit unofficial transcripts from any institutions previously attended.
  • For special education and MAT candidates, electronically submit passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam (CORE) using code 5007.
  • Submit a letter of intent (included in the online application), written by the applicant, related to his or her background and career interests.

The SOE will waive the application fee and the letters of recommendation requirement for TFA applicants.

Upcoming Informational Webinars and Events

Learn more about our degree programs by signing up for a virtual open house or information session on campus. Check out the dates and details.