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). The deadline for application is January 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Prospective students must submit a completed application form, three letters of reference, official transcripts from all colleges attended. 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 1. Awards are presented for the academic year beginning the following fall.

All applicants should apply online with the Graduate School of 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
CB 1183
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, summer, fall). The deadline for application is January 1 of the year in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Prospective students must submit a completed application form, three letters of reference, official transcripts from all colleges attended. 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 1 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 Graduate School of 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 49 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
CB 1183
St. Louis, MO 63130

Master of Arts in Education for Instructional Process

Washington University's Department of Education offers a part-time Master of Arts degree focused on an Analysis of Practice for practicing educators in a variety of settings. This Analysis of Practice allows educators to consider multiple and enhanced approaches for data collection, analysis, and reflection on educational issues involving educational assessment data, video microanalysis, learning sciences research, and educational foundation concepts.  We offer three strands of study, which each work to enhance the educator’s professional development in the particular focus area.

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Admission

Admission to the Master of Arts in Education-Instructional Process (MA Ed-IP) degree program is open on a selective basis to practicing educators with strong credentials.  It is expected that applicants will have at least a "B" average in their undergraduate course work.  The applicant must submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Personal Essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all college course work
  • $35 application fee (made payable to Washington University)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) results


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall term admission: all material due by July 15
  • Spring term admission: all material due by November 15
  • Summer term admission: all material due by April 15

Information about the Miller Analogies Test can be obtained by calling 314-935-6700.  Scores from previously taken tests (within the last five years) are acceptable; GRE test scores may be substituted for the Miller’s Analogies Test.  Applications for the MA Ed-IP may be obtained from either the Department of Education (Alyssa McDonald) or University College (314-935-6700).

Once an application is complete, the Department of Education admission committee considers the application and makes a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School who makes admission decisions.  Any students wishing to enroll for courses prior to admission may be able to do so with permission from the Washington University Department of Education; permission to enroll does not imply admission. However, a student may enroll for only one semester as an unclassified student and must seek admission during that semester.

Students enrolled in the ED 6000 Hands-on Science course work are considered exceptions to this policy; however, enrollment does not imply admission to this program. Some ED 6000 course work will be applied toward the science education strand upon acceptance. There is no guarantee that any course work taken prior to admission will be applicable to the MA Ed-IP unless permission of the Washington University Department of Education has been officially obtained.

Program of Study

The MA Ed-IP degree program offers three strands of study: Professional Development, Science Education (elementary and middle school), and Innovative Certification. All three strands require students to complete the core coursework with a culminating portfolio project.

Required Courses

Every MA Ed.-IP student must complete 13 credit hours of required core courses. The balance of the credits required to obtain the MA Ed-IP (30 credits minimum) are composed of work within one of the three strands described. Requirements may differ for those in the Innovative Certification strand.

The core coursework focuses on an Analysis of Practice from a variety of approaches to enhance educator’s reflective practice involving educational assessment data, video microanalysis, learning sciences research, and educational foundation concepts. The program looks at the teaching practice from an individual level to the broader foundations in a variety of disciplines.

Program Core Coursework

(13 credits)

  • ED 4610 Introduction to Educational Tests & Measurements (3 credits) or ED 4890 The Science & Politics of Testing (3 credits)
  • ED 4055 Central Topics in Learning Sciences Research (3 credits) or other learning-related course (this could be in Learning Sciences, Psychology or equivalent area)
  • Foundations of Education elective (3 credits), chosen among the following:
  • ED 453B Sociology of Education
  • ED 462 Politics of Education
  • ED 4621 Political Economy of Urban Education
  • ED 557 Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Or other relevant elective from Education, Social Work, Law, or Political Science (public policy concentration)
  • ED 4033 Video Microanalysis: An Insightful Tool for Urban School Research (3 credits)
  • ED 516 MA Ed Portfolio Presentation (1 credit)

Strands of Study

Each student must complete the designated credit hour requirement within the chosen strand of study, with a minimum of 30 total credits required to graduate.

Strand 1: Professional Development

(17 credits or more)

If you select this strand of study you will design a course of study, in conjunction with your advisor, driven by your interests and needs identified via reflection and analysis in the core coursework. Students in this strand may elect to do graduate level course work in their content field, education, or other appropriate areas.  University College offers strong graduate courses in American cultural studies, biology, English, history, international studies, and Applied Behavior Analysis (within Psychology).

Examples of courses may include:

  • ED 4210 Developing Community Based Documentaries: Video Inquiry for Educators
  • ED 4661 Second Language Acquisition
  • Or other elective courses from relevant areas

Strand 2: Elementary/Middle Science Education

(18 credits)

This is not a complete list of Ed 6000 courses; other Ed 6000 courses may be substituted for those listed here.  Possible courses include:

  • Bio 4001  Teaching the Science of Nature I  (must be taken under the Biology #)
  • Bio 4002  Teaching the Science of Nature II (must be taken under the Biology #)
  • ED 6001  Hands-on Science K-8:  Physical Sciences, Electricity & Magnetism
  • ED 6002  Hands-on Science K-8:  Life Science, Form and Function
  • ED 6003  Hands-on Science K-8:  Physical Sciences, Motion
  • ED 6004  Hands-On Science K-8:  Life Sciences, Genetics
  • ED 6005  Scientific Inquiry for the Classroom Teacher
  • ED 6009  Matter and Energy
  • ED 6010  Mathematics Concepts
  • ED 6011  Sound and Light
  • ED 6012  Earth and Planetary Science

Strand 3: Innovative Teacher Certification

(30-54 credits)

This strand is for classroom teachers seeking teacher certification for middle or high school. Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree and current teaching position in a middle or high school as an uncertified teacher.

The course work will vary based on the level of certification sought and the subject area course work to be completed. This will be determined by Washington University after a review of transcripts. Detailed outlines of the certification and masters degree requirements for each level are available upon request from the Department of Education (Alyssa McDonald).

Registration and Program Completion

Registration for University College courses may be completed on-line, by mail, fax, or in person at the University College office, January Hall Room 20. Students may only enroll as an unclassified student for one semester while applying, and must obtain Washington University Department of Education permission prior to enrollment. Tuition is payable in full at the time of registration and may be paid by cash, check, or credit card. Once admitted to the program continuation is contingent upon satisfactory performance in all courses. A 3.0 (B) grade point average is required to graduate. The degree is awarded by the Graduate School of the College of Arts and Sciences. You must file an Intent to Graduate form no later than the beginning of the semester of intended graduation.

For further information visit the department website or contact: Department of Education, Box 1183, Washington University, St. Louis, MO  63130; (314) 935-3571. Basic questions about the program or the application process can be sent to Alyssa McDonald.

The university must make available to the public information about the quality of our teacher education graduates. The department submits that information annually with the State of Missouri. The current report can be found here.

Department of Education
Campus Box 1183
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis MO 63130
314-935-6791

University College
Washington University
Campus Box 1085
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis MO 63130
314-935-6700

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 Department of Education in Washington University’s Graduate School of 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.