Secondary Education

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Location(s): Arlington Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

Teaching adolescent students is socially significant, intellectually serious work for resourceful, intelligent, and caring professionals. Teachers are tasked with creating organizational and social change through teaching and learning that will shape future generations. Students can become a licensed teacher as part of GW's M.Ed. program and may enroll in either a 1 or 2 year cohort.

Students in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Secondary Education learn the knowledge and skills needed for meaningful middle and high school teaching that makes a difference in young peoples’ lives. By integrating research and theory with school-based internships in classrooms, students from various backgrounds have the opportunity to become educators with a strong sense of student-centered and community-based teaching and are empowered to become educational leaders.

Students in the Secondary Education Masters program have the ability to select a specific content area as their concentration. A student may focus their studies on:
-English as a second language
-Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
-Social Studies (History, Civics, Economics)
-World Languages (Spanish, French, German, Latin, and more)

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Summer (Full Time, 1 year cohort model) - Rolling admission (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)

Fall (Part Time, 2 year cohort model)- Rolling admission (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)


Standardized tests:

Not required.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose: 

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements:

A resume is required and applicants must submit a Content Area Preparation Form 

International applicants only: 

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday