American University - School of Education

Why you should consider this program

At American University's (AU) School of Education (SOE) we are committed to creating knowledge and preparing students to transform societies through education. We work to achieve our mission through cutting-edge research, innovative district partnerships and outreach, development of relevant and inspiring coursework, and ongoing effective practice in the most challenging education settings.

RPCVs will feel at home in SOE’s vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are dedicated to rigorous scholarship; advocating for equitable and inclusive learning environments; advancing social justice; preparing effective educators; providing leadership in public-policy arenas; and collaborating with local, national, and global communities and organizations.

Washington, DC, is an exceptional place to pursue a degree in education. Our working environment reflects both the aspirations and opportunities in teaching and learning. Joining us brings a multitude of possibilities-from observing world-class special educators in a unique lab school setting to acquiring knowledge and skills in international policy formulation.

As a Coverdell Fellow, SOE will be your guide as you translate your Peace Corps experiences into meaningful careers and continued service. Our students graduate prepared to enter education-oriented careers. Our graduates are sought after for their ability to translate what they have learned to real-world education needs.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 53,411 $ 11,630 $ 41,781
Out of state $ 53,411 $ 11,630 $ 41,781
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Coverdell fellows receive tuition scholarships that vary between program formats valued between $11,630 - $21,222.  For more details about tuition costs, please refer to the American University School of Education website:

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Upon graduation, students in the Special Education and Teacher Education program are also eligible to apply for the TEACH grant program offered by the US Department of Education.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 30,300

Application fee waived?



The School of Education is committed to serving the District of Columbia and surrounding areas and has many connections with educational, international and community-based organization in the DC area. The skills Coverdell Fellows will bring to their internship experience will be invaluable for our community partnerships. An internship coordinator will work with Coverdell Fellows to choose an internship aligned with their interests. Fellows in the MAT programs will, in most cases, be able to count their practicum and student teaching experiences as their internships. Fellows in the MEd program will, in most cases, be able to count their Pro-seminar internship experience. Other organizations ready to receive Fellows as interns include:

• Apple Tree Institute and Apple Tree Public Charter Schools
• DC Office of the State Superintendent
• DC Public Charter School Board
• DC Public Schools
• Martha’s Table
• Mary’s House
• United Planning Organization

Jobs for program alumni

Aldine Independent School District
Alexandria City Public Schools
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Immigration Council
American International School of Niamey
Arcadia University
Arlington Public Schools
Blessed Sacrament School
Breakthrough Montessori PCS
Bridges PCS
Casablanca American School
Cesar Chavez PCS
DC Department on Disability Services
DC Public Schools
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
E.L. Haynes PCS
Brooke Charter School
Elizabeth Seton High School
EPlanet Communications
Excel Academy
Fairfax County Public Schools
Frederick County Public Schools
Friendship PCSs
George Mason University
Global Giving
Harmony DC PCS
International Language Institute
Johns Hopkins University
KIPP Schools
Live It Learn It
McLean School
Montgomery County Public Schools
Nalle Elementary School
National Presbyterian School
National Science Foundation
NEA Healthy Futures
Ondo State Ministry of Education
Peace Corps
Plan International
Prince George's County Public Schools
RTI International
Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project
Shorelight Education
Sidwell Friends School
Southern Education Foundation
Sylvan Learning Center
Teach For America
The Gateway School
The Lab School of Washington
The New York City Department of Education
The Pilot School
The Regents of the University of California
Thomas Edison High School
University of Maryland
Washington Yu Ying PCS
World Learning

Other details

Program length

Varies by program

Application requirements

• Completion of an online application that includes the submission of a statement of purpose and resume
• Submission of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate study: A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better cumulative GPA calculated on the last 60 credit hours of coursework completed in an undergraduate program and available at the time of application for admission; A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better GPA in all relevant graduate work for which a grade has been awarded.
• One letter of recommendation
• For Special Education and Teacher Education: Satisfactory score on Praxis CORE exam or an equivalant exam as set by the District of Columbia

Program begins

Fall - Late August; Spring - Mid-January; Summer - Early May

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship
  • Online degree program

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Ashleigh Huseth, Assistant Director - Graduate Enrollment Management & Recruitment

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016