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American University School of Education

City Year is proud to partner with American University's School of Education. The School of Education often says that we Raise Our Hand for the causes we care deeply about. We Raise Our Hand for culturally responsive pedagogy, antiracist policy and leadership, international education, equity and our students at the heart of all we do.

American University’s School of Education offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

29% scholarships

The scholarship award will be equal to 29% of tuition for all admitted City Year applicants towards qualifying graduate degree programs.

Eligible prospective students will also need to meet all applicable admissions standards as set forth by American University.

Scholarships are awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alums who complete at least one term of service and City Year staff employed for at least two years.

Eligible programs

Master’s degrees

Doctor of Education

Graduate certificate

Additional benefits

  • Application fee waiver
  • Enrollment deferral: Admitted students will be permitted to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting their studies.
  • No recommendation letter is required.

Why City Year loves American University’s School of Education

The faculty of the School of Education at American University is committed to excellence in the professional development of dedicated and proficient teachers, policy makers and researchers. Over the past 16 years, the School of Education has focused significant energy on the development of partnerships to support teachers in systemically under-resourced public and charter public D.C. schools. Through a number of federal grants, over 1,200 D.C. teachers have participated in subsidized graduate degree programs or graduate-level professional development programs. The School of Education and American University are committed to working together with the D.C. community to ensure an equitable and excellent education for all of the city’s children.

To apply

Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling admissions basis until cohorts are filled.

Visit the School of Education’s admissions page for details on program deadlines and to apply online.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please self-identify your City Year affiliation on your résumé and/or essay. City Year applicants should also select City Year when prompted in the “special populations” question on the application.

To access the application fee waiver and apply for the scholarship

To get the application fee waived and be considered for the scholarship, a service verification letter must be requested by emailing with “American University School of Education” in the subject line. Within the email, include your service site and AmeriCorps 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 this partnership, please contact Alex Ward, Director of Academic Administration at

For questions about one of the School of Education’s programs, please set up an appointment with an academic advisor here.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums 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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