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Secondary Education

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Arlington Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

Graduate students become part of a diverse community of scholars and teachers dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning in public schools. The Graduate School of Education and Human Development’s secondary education program opens the door to a broad range of teaching possibilities.

A variety of concentrations are available:

Languages: Arabic; Chinese; French; German; Latin; Spanish; Russian

Humanities: English; English as a Second Language; Social Studies

Math and Sciences: Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; General Science; Mathematics; Physics

The program is approved by the State Education Agency-Board of Education of the District of Columbia and is part of the GSEHD unit accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The program offers many regional partnerships and opportunities for tuition assistance, flexible scheduling and self-paced learning.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1 (part-time program)
Spring – October 1 (full- and part-time program)
Summer – March 1 (full-time program)

Standardized tests:

Not required.

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.

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.

Additional requirements:

A resumé and 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