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Elementary Education

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The mission of the master’s program in elementary education is to prepare teachers who are knowledgeable in the research and scholarship of curriculum and methods of instruction; who are reflective practitioners in the integration of theory and practice; who are actively dedicated to teaching and learning in a pluralistic democracy; and who, as leaders, are eager to contribute to the national conversation about the reform of U.S. schools and society.

The program is further grounded in a conceptual framework consisting of three integrated themes: knowledge, individuality and social responsibility. These themes provide a cohesive conceptual framework for the entire program and are reflected in all aspects of program coursework as well as in related clinical experiences.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1 (part-time program)

Summer – March 1 (full-time program)*

Standardized test scores:

Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required. The requirement for GRE or Miller Analogies Test scores is waived for applicants who already hold a master’s degree 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.


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 writing sample (an academic paper written in undergraduate school, a professional paper written after graduation from college, or a published academic or professional work with full citation) are required. Applicants must submit a copy of any teaching certificate held.

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.

* Please note that the fellowship deadline for the Fall semester is January 15 (available only to applicants to full-time program).

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