Teacher Education

Our university’s strong political and social legacy attracts world-changing passion, encourages it, and helps you channel it back into the world. Use the DC area as your classroom to experience the diverse opportunities found right in our city.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) offers students access to cutting-edge research, innovative partnerships with educational organizations in Washington, DC, and a progressive curriculum with on-campus or online options:

Undergraduate Programs

Students can choose the Elementary Education BA or the Secondary Education BA, designed as a second major for those pursuing a teaching credential while completing a major in the humanities, arts, or sciences:

Students in AU teacher education class.

In the Teacher Education Program you will

  • work side by side with outstanding faculty in small, individual-focused classes that stress experiential learning
  • access student-teaching positions in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
  • qualify for DC licensure with reciprocity in 47 states
  • enter a field projected by the US Labor Department to need 1.9 million new hires in the decade ending 2024
  • intern at world-class institutions and network with well-connected alums and faculty in a vibrant community of young professionals passionate about improving the world

AU graduates forge a unique community of teacher-leaders prepared to address disparities in education and change the trajectory of student lives. Our DC location facilitates diverse field experience in neighboring states and city school systems to give students maximum flexibility in fashioning career options.

FAQ for Teaching Majors & Alums

Please send your verification form to Caryn Ash at ash@american.edu. Your verification form will be completed within three business days.

Yes. Study abroad opportunities are available during junior year or summer.

Yes. In order to be formally admitted to the program you must major or minor in one of the concentration areas: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).

March 15 of sophomore year for Elementary Education.

October 15 of junior year for Secondary Education.

Yes, all applicants need to take the Praxis CORE in order to be admitted. The DC teacher licensing agency sets passing scores as: Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150. 

For test dates and registration: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/.

Still have questions? Send us an email: teachered@american.edu

Faculty Spotlight

As a teacher I saw what critical literacies could do for young children.

Vivian Vasquez (pictured with NCTE president Ernest Morrell) received the Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English for her work with critical literacy and young children, and a scholarship was established in her name.

See her most recent book on Critical Literacy.

See all Teacher Education Faculty.