American University

Washington, DC

At the School of Education (SOE), a vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and alumni exists, and we are committed to creating and ensuring outstanding learning experiences. With the passion for equity and excellence in education, we work every day to achieve our school’s vision 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.

About Us

What We Stand For

We believe Washington, DC is an exceptional place to pursue a degree in education. Our working environment, in every dimension, reflects both the aspirations and opportunities in teaching and learning. As such, 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. We are confident that we can help you advance your career in education!In sum, our students graduate prepared to enter education-oriented careers.

Our Facilities

We Are Providing an Environment for Our Students to Grow & Excel

Our graduates are sought after for their ability to translate what they have learned to real-world educational needs. We hope that you will peruse our website for more information about our programs and faculty.

Video features Tamir Harper (SOE, Class of 2022) and SOE Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy.

Our Vision

Teaching the Professionals of tomorrow

The Educational Equity Scholarship was established in 2006. The scholarship provides support to deserving full or part-time students from under-represented populations within the university community pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the School of Education. Recipients must show strong academic achievement and a record of community service.

Please contact teachered@american.edu to request more information.


We’re Proud to Partner with:

AU’s School of Education has partnered with key teaching organizations, so current members and alumni of these organizations may be able to apply for tuition scholarships to help them successfully pursue their educational and professional goals. For more information on tuition, scholarships and financial aid, click here.

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American University’s School of Education online is committed to providing future teachers and education leaders with the tools they need to transform the education system to benefit all learners. Since our founding, we have believed that equal access to an excellent education is the key to creating a movement toward a better society and a stronger democracy. This movement starts with you.


A Message From

Our Dean

We believe American University’s School of Education, is an exceptional place to pursue a degree in education. By offering our programs online we are able to bring a multitude of opportunities —from learning from world-class special educators to acquiring knowledge and skills in education policy formulation – to educators around the country.

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy

Get In Touch

American University School of Education
Spring Valley Building , Room 471
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8030

Telephone: 202-885-3720

Email: education@american.edu

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy or parenting, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under applicable federal and local laws and regulations (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. The University expressly prohibits any form of discriminatory harassment including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and stalking.