Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (image of male teacher in suit in front of chalkboard, smiling at camera)




Shape the Future of Learning

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) within the George Washington University prepares educators, specialists, and researchers through programs that are interdisciplinary and research-based.

Whether you wish to teach elementary or secondary education in the U.S. and internationally, develop expertise in reading and literacy, or prepare for National Board Certification, we have nationally-recognized and nationally-accredited certificate and masters programs for you.





 Find the Degree that Matches Your Career Goals



Master's Degrees

Curriculum and Instruction

Prepares for increased responsibilities in the design, implementation, research, and evaluation of curriculum and instruction. Unique to GW’s program, select a concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education, or Reading and Literacy.

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Elementary Education

Develop the knowledge, skills, and qualities essential for initial teaching effectiveness--with graduates eligible for teaching licensure. 

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Doctoral Degrees

EdD in Curriculum and Instruction

The highly selective Doctor of Education program emphasizes inquiry-centered studies to explore cutting-edge education issues in both formal and informal learning environments. Gain hands-on research opportunities with leading international education institutions in Washington, D.C. 

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PhD in Education: Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

Research issues related to curriculum and instruction in the context of academic, social, cultural, environmental, and civic advancement. Graduates are poised to move into academic and research positions in universities, government agencies, and professional research organizations with missions to improve education opportunities and outcomes.

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Graduate Certificates

Literacy Education

Students learn about cutting- edge teaching and learning principles of interdisciplinary reading, writing, and viewing texts. 

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STEM Teaching

This 12-credit hour graduate certificate provides licensed K-12 educators with an opportunity to expand their skills and methods for engaging students in rich, powerful STEM learning experiences.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

- On-Campus or Online -

Educators prepare to work with multilingual English learners in both U.S. and international contexts. Coursework provides students with knowledge of applied linguistics, language acquisition theories, and methods of teaching. 

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Why GSEHD at GW?

Access Washington, D.C.

Take advantage of examining education reform in the policymaking capital of the world, plus gain a wealth of hands-on experiential learning opportunities at nearby urban and suburban public, charter, and private schools.

Learn from Expert Faculty

Gain opportunities to collaborate with faculty who are recognized practitioners with experience actively working in the field, and learn from their real-world experiences and uncommon insights.

Deepen Your Knowledge

Further develop the knowledge, skills, and qualities essential for teaching effectiveness by engaging with faculty and peers in meaningful dialogue about critical issues facing students today.

You May Be Eligible

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No Application Fees


GRE is Not Required


Scholarships Available