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Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education & Human Development (M.A. Ed.H.D.), Education Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The programs examine research and reflective practice related to curriculum, teaching and learning, teacher education and broader educational policies.

The program applies curriculum and instruction research and practice in the context of educational reform for diverse student populations. Students become part of a community that links scholars with practicing professionals, policymakers and educational organizations.

Master’s degree students may choose to work toward improving their practice or conduct research within subject domains of K-12 curriculum or with a concentration in elementary education,  reading and literacy, or secondary education.

Doctoral students conduct research and critically examine curriculum, teaching and learning processes. They gain knowledge about assessment and the characteristics and politics of learning environments. Students can also gain understanding through linkages with arts and sciences, opportunities for additional learning in the disciplines or internships in local schools and agencies.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – January 15 (Ed.D. and M.A.Ed. & H.D. applicants interested in merit-based, on-campus tuition support); April 1 (all other applicants)
Spring – October 1
Summer – March 1

Standardized tests: 

M.A. Ed.H.D.: Standardized tests not required.

Ed.D. and Ed.S.: Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required. This requirement is waived for applicants pursuing a second doctoral degree, provided the first doctoral degree was conferred by an accredited institution of higher learning.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Applicants to the Ed.S. or Ed.D. program must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Doctoral candidates are expected to write a more comprehensive essay of 750 to 1,200 words. In addition to the guidelines stated above, you should clearly indicate your primary and supporting fields of study and describe your research areas.

Additional requirements: 

A resumé is required. Applicants to the concentration in Elementary Education must submit a writing sample. Applicants to the concentration in Secondary Education must submit a Content Area Preparation Form.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday