M.Ed. in Humanities, Arts, and Community-Engagement at Bard College

Why you should consider this program

Offering immediate instructional opportunities and interdisciplinary research project guidance, teaching in community alongside veteran educators, Bard attracts intellectually engaged, socially conscious college graduates who share our commitment to revitalizing the teaching profession and promoting democratic education in under-resourced public secondary schools.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 39,500 $ 11,600 $ 27,900
Out of state $ 39,500 $ 11,600 $ 27,900
* 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

Tuition remission for the amount listed above.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

Not capped.

Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows are eligible to apply for employment opportunities offered by partner organizations and schools as well as other placements meeting field work expectations. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer may be eligible to apply their Peace Corps service towards their California teaching credentials. More information here.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 20,000

Application fee waived?



Candidates gain job experience through extensive internships involving classroom instruction, co-teaching opportunities, after-school academic mentoring, and participation in college preparatory programs. Field experiences are developed in consultation with faculty advisors, site-based mentors teachers, and community partners.

Jobs for program alumni

Los Angeles High School, Youth Policy Institute, Heart of Los Angeles, University Prep High School, Larchmont High School, Peralta Community College, ICEF Inglewood Middle School, Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School, TEACH Academy, New Village Girls Academy, CALS Early College High School, Mark Keppel High School, Westchester Secondary, Redwood High School, Bartlett Middle School, Alisal High School, Millbrook High School, Mission Oak High School, Woodlake High School, Sierra Middle School, La Jolla Middle School, Harris Academy Beckenham (UK), Camino Nuevo, Golden West High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Los Angeles International Charter School, McFarland High School, Cesar Chavez High School, Oakland Unified, more.....

Other details

Program length

1 year

Application requirements

The program looks for evidence that applicants have capacity to develop teaching practices that build personal relationships with students, inspire learning, and promote intellectual community in high need schools. Applicants should possess: 1) A strong undergraduate education with a foundation in the liberal arts and a subject matter discipline 2) Intellectual curiosity and a passion to help middle and high school students develop mastery in their subject areas and capacity for independent thought 3) Commitment to public service and a willingness to work collaboratively with students, parents, and community leaders developing policies and practices that expand educational opportunity in underserved areas Applicants must have a B.A. from an accredited college with a major (or the equivalent) in the discipline they intend to study. Students are accepted based on academic achievement, letters of recommendation, and professional goals.

Admissions process

Applicants should note on the application that they plan to pursue a Coverdell Fellowship. The application essay should emphasize how one's Peace Corps experience informs an interest in teaching in the diverse public schools in central Los Angeles.

Program begins

June 1st

Non-traditional options

As a program working directly with and in Los Angeles public schools, the Bard MAT faculty, in consultation with students, develops field placements and supports employment opportunities designed to strengthen the students' growth as teachers.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Laura Greenlee, Program Administrator

3300 Wilshire Blvd #221
Los Angeles, California 90010