Master's Programs Details & Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching program (MAT) seeks recent graduates who have majors in the sciences, humanities, or social sciences, and who have few, if any, formal courses in education. The MAT provides students with graduate study in their own field, preparation in education, and a sustained clinical experience, leading to teacher certification.

Washington University offers graduate secondary teacher certification programs in the following areas: Art, Classics (Latin), Dance, English, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (K-12) (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Russian), Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics), and Social Studies (usually History or Political Science major). Art, Dance and foreign languages are K-12 certifications; all other areas are for grades 9-12.

As a medium-sized institution, Washington University's departments are comprehensive, yet small enough to encourage faculty-student contact. As a research-oriented university, we offer our MAT students the opportunity to study their teaching specialty in an atmosphere of academic excitement and excellence. Work in the Department of Education is intellectually challenging while also practical. The MAT program strives to relate the theoretical perspectives of the university to the practice of teaching in the classroom by maintaining close working relationships with local K-12 schools.

In addition to a full sequence of education coursework, the MAT student must complete graduate level study in an academic discipline. Some of this study may fill in gaps in the student's undergraduate major, but there is also the opportunity to build upon special interests developed during undergraduate study.

Students admitted to the MAT program must have an undergraduate degree in the desired content area. The undergraduate degree courses must meet the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements for certification in the content area. Requirements for certification are mandated by DESE and can be found on the state Department of Education web site.

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Admission

This fall entrance only program is 4 semesters long (fall, spring, fall, spring). In order to be considered for admission, an applicant must submit a complete dossier to Washington University no later than January 31st for tuition remission consideration and March 31st for final deadline which includes:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. Transcripts from all college work
  4. Personal Statement: In 500-1000 words, please explain why you’re interested in pursuing teacher certification in your chosen field and grade level. Summarize how your undergraduate degree program and any related experiences sparked your desire to teach. Describe your ultimate career objectives and how our program will help you reach your goals.
  5. Writing Sample: Please submit a 10 to 20-page writing sample that demonstrates your ability to think critically and articulate your ideas. Your submission may include a paper you previously wrote for a course but should be related to the field of education or the content area you’re interested in teaching. 
  6. Current Resume/CV
  7. For international applicants: submission of official TOEFL or IELTS English Proficiency scores.

Although we no longer require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores for admission, if you choose to take the GRE to enhance your application, the GRE code for Washington University is 6929.

Students desiring to be considered for tuition scholarships must indicate their interest and submit applications by January 31st. Awards are presented for the academic year beginning the following fall.

All applicants should apply online with the Office of Graduate Studies in Arts & Sciences after consulting with an education advisor. Supporting materials such as transcripts should be mailed to our campus address (see below). Contact the Student Services Coordinator  with any questions about the application process or for more information about the program.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to general application requirements, three MAT content areas have special requirements.

  1. Applicants in English must submit a recent paper in the area of literary criticism (a copy is acceptable).
  2. Applicants in Latin (only) will also be required to take a Latin Placement exam
  3. Foreign language applicants must email the Student Services Coordinator a MP3 or mail a CD for the purpose of evaluating proficiency in the foreign language. Below are some guidelines for what to include on the MP3 or CD recording. The recording should be approximately 15 minutes in length and recorded in the foreign language.
    1. Past experiences teaching or tutoring (include details of setting, students, subject, etc.)
    2. Current professional endeavors
    3. Future plans with the MAT degree
    4. Any experiences in countries speaking your foreign language

Contact the Student Services Coordinator for more information on the language requirements. 

Program of Study

The design of a particular MAT program is determined by the student in consultation with two advisors: one in Education and one in the content area. If the student has no undergraduate education course work, then the MAT program will include the full education sequence consisting of 36 credit hours in Education courses and 12 credit hours in the subject area coursework at the graduate level.

Foundations of Education

Schools and teachers function in relationship to cultural values, social structures, psychological perspectives, and historical traditions. Thus the MAT program is grounded in the social foundations of Education and in Educational Psychology.

Curriculum and Instruction

Teachers must continually make curricular and instructional decisions. Therefore, prospective teachers need to learn about innovative practices, professional responsibilities, curriculum development, materials and methods for the various content areas, and methods for evaluating pupil progress, as well as to develop classroom-management and teacher-pupil relationship skills. Students learn and practice these concepts in all curriculum and instruction course work and throughout the student teaching experience in the professional semester.

The Professional Semester

Courses in the Professional Semester serve to integrate instruction with practical classroom teaching experience. Master's candidates receive full-time credit for this intensive semester. Students in the Professional Semester spend five (5) full days a week in the schools. Some evenings are spent at the university in formal course work during which students receive instruction in teaching methodologies and are involved in other kinds of activities related to their own classroom teaching.

For Further Information

For further information, please contact:

Student Services Coordinator
314-935-6791

Washington University
Department of Education
MSC 1183-228-107
St. Louis, MO 63130

Master of Arts in Education

The Department of Education offers a Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) degree for liberal arts graduates interested in pursuing an elementary school teaching career. The Elementary Program prepares students to teach grades 1-6. This program is designed for individuals who do not have a background in a teacher education program leading to elementary certification.

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Admission

This fall entrance only program is 4 semesters long (fall, spring, fall, spring). In order to be considered for admission, an applicant must submit a complete dossier to Washington University no later than January 31st for tuition remission consideration and March 31st for final deadline which includes:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. Transcripts from all college work
  4. Personal Statement: In 500-1000 words, please explain why you’re interested in pursuing teacher certification in your chosen field and grade level. Summarize how your undergraduate degree program and any related experiences sparked your desire to teach. Describe your ultimate career objectives and how our program will help you reach your goals.
  5. Writing Sample: Please submit a 10 to 20-page writing sample that demonstrates your ability to think critically and articulate your ideas. Your submission may include a paper you previously wrote for a course but should be related to the field of education or the content area you’re interested in teaching. 
  6. Current Resume/CV
  7. For international applicants: submission of official TOEFL or IELTS English Proficiency scores.

Although we no longer require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores for admission, if you choose to take the GRE to enhance your application, the GRE code for Washington University is 6929.

Applications completed by January 31st are considered for tuition scholarships on the basis of academic promise. Awards are made for the academic year beginning the following fall.

All applicants should apply online with the Office of Graduate Studies in Arts & Sciences after consulting with an education advisor. Supporting materials such as transcripts should be mailed to our campus address (see below). Contact the Student Services Coordinator with any questions about the application process or for more information about the program.

Program of Study

The individual's MA Ed program is planned by the student in consultation with the Elementary Education advisor. Professional Education course work of 48 credit hours is required in the program. Requirements for certification in Elementary Education are mandated by DESE and can be found on the state Department of Education web site.

Foundations of Education

Schools and teachers function in relationship to cultural values, social structures, psychological perspectives, and historical traditions. Thus the MA Ed Program is grounded in the social foundations of Education and in Educational Psychology.

Curriculum and Instruction 

Teachers must continually make curricular and instructional decisions. Therefore, prospective teachers need to learn about innovative practices, professional responsibilities, curriculum development, materials and methods for the various content areas, and methods for evaluating pupil progress, as well as to develop classroom-management and teacher-pupil relationship skills. Students learn and practice these concepts in all curriculum and instruction course work and throughout the student teaching experience in the professional semester.

The Professional Semester

Courses in the Professional Semester serve to integrate instruction with practical classroom teaching experience. Master's candidates receive full-time credit for this intensive semester. Students in the Professional Semester spend five (5) full days a week in the schools. Some evenings are spent at the university in formal course work during which students receive instruction in teaching methodologies and are involved in other kinds of activities related to their own classroom teaching.

For Further Information

For further information, please contact:

Student Services Coordinator
314-935-6791

Washington University
Department of Education
MSC 1183-228-107
St. Louis, MO 63130

Master of Science in Deaf Education

The Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) program trains teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, preparing them as professionals with the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of settings with children of all ages. Early identification of hearing loss and advanced hearing technologies have increased the national need for teachers with experience in listening and spoken language, creating opportunities for our graduates across the country. With its origins dating back to 1914, the training program is recognized internationally as one of the best of its kind.

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Application Information

Application deadlines

Applications open September 1 of each year. All application materials must be received by the following dates:

  • PhD program – January 15
  • AuD program — February 15
  • MSDE program – December 15 (early decision), February 15 (priority decision), or June 1 for rolling admissions (fall entry, as available)

Application instructions

The following items are required and must be received by the stated application deadline.

  • Completed application, including personal statement
  • Application fee (non-refundable) of $25
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from all college/university coursework, uploaded to the online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official scores from the GRE, submitted to Institution Code 6929 (Washington University), Department Code 0602 (Audiology)
  • All applicants are encouraged to arrange an interview after the application has been submitted. Learn more information on arranging an interview.

Additional requirements for international students:

  • An official evaluation of transcripts from a credentialing agency must be submitted for all international applicants — see FAQ page for more information
  • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all international applicants whose native language is not English

Any application materials sent by mail should be sent to the address below:

Washington University School of Medicine
Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences
CB 8042, 660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Email: pacs@wustl.edu

Fax: (314) 747-0105

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MSW/Master of Arts in Education Joint Degree

Students from this program earn a Master of Social Work degree from the Brown School and a Master of Arts in Education degree from the Office of Graduate Studies in Arts & Sciences. The program of study requires 96 credit hours, taken over three years.

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The MSW/MA Ed program prepares graduates for excellence and leadership in schools. The social work training addresses the psycho-social issues facing children and youth, as well as the systems that affect children’s readiness to learn. The education training provides exposure to the social foundations of education, educational psychology, and applied linguistics. MSW/MA Ed graduates will fill a significant local and national need for professionals who can address students’ social and emotional needs, as well as their academic achievement.

Application Information

Separate applications are required for both the MSW and MA Ed programs and are reviewed independently according to their criteria. Be sure to indicate that you are applying for a joint-degree in the MSW application for admission.

Learn more about the MSW program and application.