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City Year is proud to partner with American University's School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) through a
ground-breaking initiative where City Year alumni and staff can earn their Masters in one of five different cohort-based programs, and a minimum 25% tuition scholarship plus 3 or 6 credits waived for teaching and service in public schools through City Year.

These cohort programs, established specifically for City Year graduates and staff members who want to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and transform public schools, are designed to support American University and City Year’s strong commitment to the DC region and provide tuition support for those who have served in Washington, DC and in other City Year locations across the country.

The faculty of the School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University are committed to excellence in the professional development of dedicated and proficient teachers, educational leaders, health professionals and researchers. Over the past 10 years, SETH has focused significant energy on the development of partnerships to support teachers in high-need public and public-charter DC schools. Through a number of federal grants over 1,000 DC teachers have participated in subsidized graduate degree programs or graduate-level professional development programs. SETH and AU are committed to working together with the DC community to ensure an equitable and excellent education for all the city’s children.

The School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) offers the following benefits to City Year corps, alumni and staff:

Scholarship Amount
Minimum 25% tuition (up to 40-50%, depending on size of incoming City Year cohort; see chart below)
Number of Scholarships Awarded AnnuallyAll admitted upon formal acceptance
Credits waived for City Year experience3 or 6 credits, depending on program
Application Fee WaiverYes
Enrollment DeferralYes


2013 Tuition RatesRegular Tuition (student payment)
City Year National Scholar (student payment)
MEd: Educational Policy and Leadership $52,350$31,460
MAT: ECE, Elementary and Secondary$56,675$34,560
MA Special Education: Learning Disabilities$52,350$34,560
Dual Degree: MEd + MPA or MPP$119,015$50,520

American University will waive 6 credits for the MEd and MAT programs and 3 credits for the MA program for City Year affiliated participants given their work in urban schools.

Eligibility and Additional Info:
  • Minimum 25% tuition scholarships awarded to City Year corps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years. Eligible prospective participants will also need to meet all applicable admissions standards as set forth by the university.
  • American University will waive 3 or 6 credits for City Year graduates and staff given their work in urban schools.
  • Admitted students will be permitted to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to serve for additional time with City Year before starting their studies.
Eligible Master degree programs are:
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Educational Policy and Leadership (30 credits): The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, designed for educators and educational professionals to provide a strong foundation in educational theory and practice, is tailored to meet the needs of City Year participants who are interested in an extended study in the field of education policy and leadership. SETH, ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 75 graduate schools of education in the country, attracts students from across the country and from around the globe who are interested in our in-depth, practical programs.
  • MAT in Teaching: Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and K-12 (33 credits): The MAT programs are designed to prepare teachers for kindergarten through 12th grade as reflective practitioners, dedicated to the principles of community, diversity, equity and excellence. SETH provides initial teacher licensure programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary Education and K-12, as well as Special Education: Learning Disabilities. These teacher education programs are designed to help pre-service teachers build the knowledge and practice to engage all learners. The programs' coursework and field experiences blend traditional methodology with a strong social justice framework
  • MA in Special Education: Learning Disabilities (33 credits): The graduate program in Special Education: Learning Disabilities is grounded in the philosophy that all individuals have the ability to access, participate, and progress in education. Faculty and students examine models that support and encourage developmental and learning needs of students with a variety of learning challenges. The program prepares education professionals to design and implement creative learning environments for students through training in diagnostic-prescriptive approaches, and use of evidence based practice and practice-based evidence. This intensive and data-based method of teaching emphasizes teachers' sensitivity to their students' individual needs and learning styles. Graduate students in the program learn how to assess students' individual strengths and weaknesses, based on their understanding of child development in language, cognition, motor, and social domains. Additionally, our teachers learn how to use a variety of instructional approaches to teach to students' strengths while remediating weaknesses. Students receive training and supervision by master teachers at The Lab School of Washington, a pioneering, arts-based scholastic day school for students (grades K-6 primarily) with severe learning disabilities that was founded by Sally L. Smith in 1967.
  • Dual Degree: MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Educational Polict and Leadership  (24 credits) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Public Policy (MPP) (24 credits): The Master of Public Administration and Public Policy programs provide students the knowledge, skills, and values for functioning with distinction throughout their careers at different levels of responsibility within the US constitutional context and abroad.  The School of Public Affairs' (SPA) faculty members are committed to preparing their students for the practice and study of public administration, public policy, executive leadership, and organizational development. SPA has a unique niche in the academic marketplace and can offer corps members an educational experience that blends expertise in public management, policy analysis, and democratic constitutionalism. Corps and alumni members will be enhanced by this faculty's commitment to linking research, theory, and practice in ways that will not only prepare them to enter or advance in their chosen fields of practice or academia, but to flourish within them. City Year participants will be taught by nationally and internationally renowned scholars, practitioners, and "pracademics" who walk comfortably in academia and practice, and who have helped shape with their research and/or public service the fields of public administration and public policy as we know them today.
To view details on each Master degree program for City Year National Service Scholars, click here. Courses listed in these programs of study may be substituted based on the academic decisions of the University.

To Apply

Deadline to apply for Fall 2014 enrollment is April 1, 2014 for priority review. Applications received after that end date will be processed on a rolling admissions basis. The application process for City Year corps members, alumni and staff include the submission of:
  • Completed online application. To fill out your application, click here.
  • Official transcripts (sealed) from any institutions previously attended;
  • Official ETS-delivered GRE scores;  please send electronically using GRE code 8439 (no dept code); and
  • a Letter of Intent (which is included in the online application) written by the applicant related to his or her background and career interests. 
  • Please indicate your City Year experience in your letter of intent as part of the application.
Note: Since City Year corps members, senior corps members, alumni and staff are recommended through City Year, American University will waive the otherwise required application fee and the letters of recommendation. City Year participants should have completed their year of service before entering this program; however, currently serving corps members are encouraged to apply during their corps year and if accepted, are eligible for all benefits specified above upon successful completion of their corps year.

To verify your City Year affiliation

  • City Year applicants seeking to be considered for the give a year scholarship are required to submit a letter verifying their City Year affiliation. Please send an email to Amanda Smidt, City Year's National Manager of Alumni & Career Services, at giveayear@cityyear.org with "American University SETH: City Year verification letter request” in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent to the American University SETH program office and added to your applicant file.
To Contact the Admissions Office
  • For questions about the give a year Partnership, please contact Lela Gant, City Year Program Coordinator at School of Education, Teaching & Health, at gant@american.edu or 202-885-3639.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.
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