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University Partnership: George Mason University College of Education and Human Development

City Year is proud to partner with George Mason University College of Education and Human Development, the largest and most comprehensive graduate school of education in Virginia, offering 25% tuition discount per credit hour towards the Transformative Teaching program with Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.


GMU College of Education and Human Development is a nationally recognized leader in educator preparation, special education, counseling, and school leadership, and is home to 11 centers engaged in groundbreaking research. With our record of achievement and scholarship, CEHD is ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s Top 50 best education schools in the country. The Graduate School of Education inspires undergraduate and graduate students to promote learning and development across the life span. Innovative, inclusive, and cutting-edge, the college prepare professionals who improve lives and make a difference for our community and for the world.

The Transformative Teaching program is a 30-credit cohort Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction for certified classroom teachers and other educators at all grade levels and content areas. The program has a hybrid format: fall and spring courses are online and a 1-week summer course each of two summers is face-to-face on the Fairfax campus. Cohorts begin each summer (with an official enrollment date the subsequent fall semester).The program supports teachers to develop their leadership skills and deepen their practice, including in problem-based learning, literacy, and alternative assessment. The ultimate goal of the program is to support the development of educators to be highly-skilled, reflective teacher leaders who are inspired and prepared to create empowering learning environments that meet the diverse needs of all students. The program is aligned with Columbia University’s Teachers College standards, the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards and the National Education Technology Standards for Teachers. 

Benefits offered by George Mason University CEHD:

Scholarship Amount 

 25% tuition discount per credit hour towards
 the Transformative Teaching program

Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually         

 Up to 2 awarded per year

Application Fee Waiver  Yes


Eligibility & Additional Info

  • 25% Tuition discount.  25% discount on tuition per credit hour, for up to two City Year alumni or staff per year, renewable in subsequent years of the program up to five years.  Scholarship and other benefits can only be applied to the Transformative Teaching program.
  • Scholarships awarded to City Year alumni for at least one term of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.
  • Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional merit-based aid based on the academic strength of the application. 

To Apply

To Verify Your City Year Affilition

  • Please email with “GMU Transformative Teaching: 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 emailed back to you to upload to the online application.

To Obtain Application Fee Waiver and Be Eligible for City Year Scholarship

  • Email Dr. Elizabeth DeMulder, Academic Program Coordinator of the Transformative Teaching program, at with your name and state your current or past affiliation/service with City Year.
To Contact the Admissions Office
  • Figueroa, Chanel
    Recruitment and Enrollment Services Specialist, College of Education and Human Development
    Phone: (703) 993-5692


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