American University

We Prepare Students To Transform Societies Through Education.

American University’s School of Education Online is committed to providing future teachers and education leaders with the tools they need to transform the education system to benefit all learners. Since our founding, we have believed that equal access to an excellent education is the key to creating a movement toward a better society and a stronger democracy. Our online programs remove access barriers, connecting you with a long history of education leadership. Learn about how our degree programs give you the skills you need to effect positive change in the most vulnerable communities.

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Webinar Information Sessions

Join our admissions team for one of our webinar info sessions. You’ll have a chance to learn more about our Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education in Education Policy and Leadership, and EdD programs. Take this opportunity to ask any questions you might have about the application process or program requirements, meet a faculty member from the program, and more.

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Top-Tier Student Experience

Tuition Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to American University’s School of Education’s efforts to partner with key teaching organizations such as Teach For America and TNTP, current members and alumni of these organizations may be able to apply for tuition scholarships to help them pursue their educational and professional goals.

Renowned Faculty

Experts in the latest educational practices and policies, our faculty members are committed to equipping culturally competent experts to drive the future of education. These tenured professionals located in Washington, DC, don’t just have a finger on the pulse; they’re driving systemic change from the epicenter of education legislation. Many of our faculty members are pursuing cutting-edge research, and all of them strive to ensure you receive the guidance and support you need to succeed.

Vibrant, Supportive Community

American University’s School of Education strives to foster a sense of community. As a student, you’ll have opportunities to develop meaningful, professional relationships with faculty and other students—both inside and outside of the classroom. From group discussions with fellow students to one-on-one meetings with mentors, you’ll become part of the American University community, cultivating enriching connections with established and aspiring educators.

Inspiring Coursework and Pedagogy

Our online education programs focus on refining the art of teaching. All of our faculty members are experienced education professionals, and because they pursue their own research projects, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the latest pedagogical methods and practices.

Hands-on Experience

Each of our online education programs includes a hands-on component through student teaching or an internship. We strive to find top-quality education organizations and/or professionals to partner with you in your home state. From student teaching opportunities to internships, the School of Education believes in the importance of providing opportunities for you to gain practical experience that will effectively prepare you for a successful career.

We’re Proud to Partner with:

AU’s School of Education has partnered with key teaching organizations, so current members and alumni of these organizations may be able to apply for tuition scholarships to help them successfully pursue their educational and professional goals.

Teach for America

District of Columbia Public Schools
Peace Corps
City Year
Urban Teachers
Capital Teaching Residency

For more information on tuition, scholarships and financial aid.

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What’s next for my career? Alumni outcomes

Our graduates are ready to pursue careers in education, with 100 percent of master’s students from the on-campus Teaching and Special Education programs and 97 percent of the Education Policy and Leadership students employed or continuing their education six months after graduation.*

In addition to school districts, public and private schools, and charter schools, our alumni have worked at many organizations around the country, including the following:

District of Columbia Public Schools

New America
Department of Education
El Haynes
Rand Corporation

* American University does not guarantee employment after graduation.

Online Learning Environment

American University’s online learning format blends flexibility with practical experience. The remote nature of the coursework allows you to complete your work based on your schedule, allowing you to balance your education with personal and professional obligations. Additionally, we understand that you need real-world practice to achieve your teaching goals. That’s why our online School of Education programs feature dedicated hands-on learning experiences and platforms.

From live debates and breakout discussions with fellow classmates to virtual presentations and remote one-on-one meetings with faculty, you can collaborate with others to refine your skills and apply your theoretical knowledge to practical challenges. You’ll also have access to our digital resources during your in-person student teaching projects so you can receive direct feedback on your teaching style from our faculty. Thanks to our innovative technological platforms, we’re able to help you grow as an educator, no matter where you’re located.

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Student Stories

“As a nontraditional, online student, not only was I able to learn more and expand in the field that I work in, but I also got the opportunity to understand how education works from a global and nationwide perspective, as my cohort members lived in different states.”

Rachel, Fall ’19 Graduate

“I think [the professors] are just as invested [in us as students] and the work that we need to do because they want to help us be successful.”

Reginald, Fall ’19 Graduate

“I learned a lot—not just from my teachers and classes but also from my peers. American University students, especially those in my program, are extremely passionate and dedicated.”

Sean, Fall ’19 Graduate

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Who should choose this program?

An AU School of Education program is right for you if:

  • You live outside the DC area but want access to a rich history of education leadership
  • You’re a working professional looking for a flexible online format that allows you to balance your personal and professional responsibilities with a rigorous graduate program
  • You want to learn from renowned faculty members who are teaching, researching, and working across the education field
  • You want to join a vibrant community and connect with established and aspiring educators
  • You’re passionate about the field of education and its ability to improve our society, and you want to extend the reach of the good you can do
  • You’re dedicated to helping achieve equity in education, feeding a curiosity about creative approaches that can reach students who have been left behind, and enacting policies that improve education quality across the board