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University Partnership: American University School of Education, Teaching and Health
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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 alumni 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 (depending on size of incoming City Year cohort, scholaship amounts can increase)
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually All admitted upon formal acceptance
Credits waived for City Year experience 3 or 6 credits, depending on program
Application Fee Waiver Yes
Enrollment Deferral Yes


Tuition Rates for 2015* Regular Tuition (student payment)
City Year National Scholar (student payment)
MA Special Education $55, 484 $37,425
MAT: ECE, Elementary, Secondary, K-12, BIlingual $60, 215 $37,425
MEd: Literacy $55, 484
MEd: Educational Policy and Leadership $55, 484
 Dual Degree MEd +MPA +MPP $120,166   $66,795 
*All fees listed above are estimations and may vary depending on the number of cohort participant enrollments and actual increases in annual tuition.
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 educational policy and leadership program, designed for professionals with a focus on teacher development, supervision, and school management, prepares candidates to develop effective professional development programs, provide mentoring and instruction for new teachers, and develop assessment and evaluation programs for schools and other educational organizations. Graduates from the program have in-depth knowledge of educational policy, and go on to work in a variety of educational organizations, in both formal and informal settings. This includes work in school systems, with educational policy groups and government agencies, and in universities. Graduates are also well positioned to continue on to PhD programs in education policy and research.
  • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy (30 credits): The literacy program prepares practicing teachers to become literacy specialists by providing a thorough grounding in theory, principles, and practices of literacy education as well as a critical understanding of key contemporary issues in relation to the teaching and learning of literacy and language.  Students in this program learn to go beyond a narrow focus on reading comprehension strategies and learn how to help their students navigate multiple literacies.
  • MAT in Teaching: Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, K-12 and Bilingual (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 and K-12 Education, as well as Bilingual Education. These teacher 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 Policy and Leadership  (30 credits) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Public Policy (MPP) (30 credits): The School of Public Affairs at American University is well positioned to prepare emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills, and network necessary to tackle the complex challenges of today through the work of its faculty in the departments of Public Administration and Policy; Government; and Justice, Law & Criminology. SPA is one of the top-ranked schools of public affairs in the United States. Like American University itself, SPA has a deep, historical commitment to public service, and attracts both undergraduate and graduate students intent on careers in public affairs, whether in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. The school attracts excellent students and its outstanding faculty provides challenging educational experiences. Its Washington, D.C., location provides a distinct advantage in educating and preparing leaders for careers in public affairs, as well as engaging scholars and policymakers in important policy dialogue. SPA's faculty are an engaged community of scholars and practitioners. They are renowned for both teaching and research, and play an active and integral role in the intellectual, professional, and personal development of every student – in and outside of the classroom. The quality of instruction at SPA is unparalleled.
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 Summer or Fall 2015 enrollment is March 1, 2015 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 score for MEd candidates;  please send electronically using GRE code 8439 (no dept code); 
  • Special Education and MAT candidates must submit passing scores on the Praxis Cores Academic Skills for Educators exams (CORE) electronically to American University (code=5007)
  • 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

  • To get the application fee waived and to be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with "American University School of Education, Teaching, and Health" in the subject line. Within the email, include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to the Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.
To Contact the Admissions Office
  • For questions about the give a year Partnership, please contact Lindsay Joy, City Year Program Coordinator at School of Education, Teaching & Health, at or 202-885-3786.
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.