Elementary Education

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 mission of the program represents a commitment to develop advanced knowledge, skills and commitment to the counseling profession, especially in the areas of:

Educational Technology Leadership

The program is founded on three beliefs: that leadership skills and technological competence are fundamental to the appropriate and successful utilization of technologies in educational settings; that access to the requisite knowledge should be universal, despite the barriers of distance, personal physical limitations and lifestyle; and that educational technologies focus on improving human performance and learning.

The master’s program is guided by commitment to continuing improvement as technology changes through:

Educational Leadership and Administration

GW’s Educational Leadership and Administration program has garnered national recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and is nationally accredited and recognized as a program of distinction by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Three programs of study are available: A Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, a Post-Master’s Certificate and an Education Specialist degree.

Education Policy Studies

This page contains information about the Master's degree in Educational Policy. Click here to learn about a doctoral degree in Educational Policy.

Students are introduced to lessons of the past, guided through the complexities of the present and encouraged to identify the potential of the future. 

Educational Administration and Policy Studies

The doctoral program offers two distinct specialties developing a depth of research skills appropriate for either an analyst shaping the education policy surrounding a school setting or a high-level school-based scholar/practitioner.

Early Childhood Special Education

The Early Childhood Special Education Program offers a non-categorical program that prepares students to work with children who are typically developing, those with disabilities and their respective families. Graduates who focus on the birth-to-age-3 group work in home-based early intervention programs, Early Head Start or developmental clinics, and can pursue a concentration in Infant Special Education. A 3-to-5-year-old focus prepares graduates to teach special education preschool or Head Start or to consult with community-based inclusive preschools.


This program is ideal for individuals involved in distance learning, including instructors teaching at a distance, or those who would like to develop these skills. Students acquire the skills needed to be successful e-teachers and e-learners. The program prepares students to apply the theories, principles, models, tools and techniques associated with e-learning in diverse organizational settings.

Students who complete the e-learning certificate:

Design and Assessment of Adult Learning

This certificate program teaches skills for designing, developing, delivering and evaluating workplace-learning interventions. Each course in the program is part of the existing curriculum for the master’s degree in human resource development (HRD). Upon completion of the certificate, students may choose to continue in the master’s program, at which point they would be required to submit an application and meet entrance requirements. All coursework completed in the certificate will transfer into the master’s program.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

One of the first programs of its kind, this course of study prepares students to work in social services agencies, employment centers and substance abuse programs. It takes an integrated approach to counseling research and practice.

The course of study includes classroom, laboratory and field-site education and training. The program includes a two-semester internship. Interns deliver counseling services, under supervision, both in the program’s Community Counseling Services Center and at health and human services agencies in the community.