The Museum Education Program prepares graduates as professional practitioners to meet the needs and interests of the public in museums and other informal learning environments. The curriculum prepares museum leaders (e.g., administrative and education directors, curators/directors of education, development and fundraising officers, event planners, docent/volunteer coordinators, and community-relationship coordinators) to advance the museum as a distinctive learning environment.
Students complete internships that provide real-world application of museum education administration and leadership principles. Recent internship experiences include publicizing a nationwide digital network for the National Museum of American History, researching and piloting a participatory game for the National Building Museum, managing a family day commemorating a hot-air balloon trial at the National Air and Space Museum, producing and supervising the Association of Science-Technology’s hands-on activities for the White House Easter Egg Roll, and revising Girl Scout badging publications for Carlyle House.
Each cohort begins the full-time, fourteen-month program in the summer. The application deadline is March 1. If you would like to be considered for tuition support, please apply by January 15.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 27 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.
6 credits in elective courses, selected in consultation with the program advisor.
Graduates hold leadership positions in museums and related informal learning environments in the US and around the world. Alumni can be found in Spain, Cambodia, Israel, Finland, Brazil, Japan, Canada, Korea, Botswana and Costa Rica as:
Alumni are currently employed in the following museums and other informal learning environments: