Education & Human Development

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) is a touchstone of excellence for those seeking to enrich areas of ethical leadership, research, and practice. Through partnerships with local and national organizations and school districts, students are prepared to meet present-day challenges and positively affect the future of education and organizational leadership.

Programs in Education & Human Development at GW

Brain Inury: Education and Transition Services (Graduate Certificate)

This is a 15-credit program, which many graduates use to increase their professional opportunities and develop a specialty in managing the educational needs of individuals who have suffered brain injury.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

One of the first programs of its kind, the master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling provides an integrated approach to counseling research and practice. A combination of laboratory and field-site education and training prepares students to work in social services agencies, employment centers, and substance abuse programs.

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

The Master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling is an educational on-line training program designed to prepare rehabilitation professionals to work specifically with persons who are mentally ill as well as a variety of other disabilities. This 60-hour program prepares students for certification and licensure. Students complete a 100-hour practicumand 600 hour internship with a focus on working with persons with mental health diagnosis in a VR setting in order to gain immediate access to the field, and are paired with a professional mentor for professional development and educational support.  

Counseling (Post-Master’s Certificate, Ph.D.)

The counseling programs are committed to developing advanced knowledge and skills in the counseling profession to promote leadership and administration, research and program evaluation, counselor education and supervision, individual and group counseling, ethical and professional practice, social responsibility, and multicultural awareness. 

Counseling and Life Transitions (Graduate Certificate)

The graduate certificate in Counseling & Life Transitions equips students with a range of skills that can be used to assist the community in coping with the different transitions that may occur in their lives.  Students may choose to focus in one of three concentrations: Career & Workforce Development, Grief, Loss & Life Transition, and Counseling Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Persons

Curriculum & Instruction (M.A.Ed.&H.D., Ed.S., Ed.D.)

Students become part of a community that links scholars with practicing professionals, policymakers, and educational organizations. Master’s degree students may choose to work toward improving their practice, conduct research within subject domains of K-12 curriculum, or concentrate in elementary education, reading and literacy, or secondary education. Doctoral students conduct research and critically examine curriculum, teaching, and learning processes to advance knowledge about assessment and the characteristics and politics of learning environments.

Design & Assessment of Adult Learning (Graduate Certificate)

This certificate program teaches skills for designing, developing, delivering and evaluating workplace-learning interventions. Each course in the program is part of the existing curriculum for the master’s degree in human resource development (HRD). Upon completion of the certificate, students may choose to continue in the master’s program, at which point they would be required to submit an application and meet entrance requirements. All coursework completed in the certificate will transfer into the master’s program.

E-Learning (Graduate Certificate)

This program is ideal for individuals involved in distance learning, including instructors teaching at a distance, or those who would like to develop these skills. Students acquire the skills needed to be successful e-teachers and e-learners. The program prepares students to apply the theories, principles, models, tools and techniques associated with e-learning in diverse organizational settings.

Early Childhood Special Education (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

The M.A. in Ed.&H.D. prepares students to work with children with disabilities and their families. By focusing on children within different age groups (from birth to age three, three to five years old, and kindergarten through third grade), students are prepared for various careers in home-based early intervention programs, Early Head Start or Head Start, preschool classrooms, community inclusive preschools, developmental clinics, or special education resource rooms.

Educational Leadership & Administration (M.A.Ed.&H.D., Post-Master’s Certificate, Ed.S., Ed.D.)

Nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) for continued excellence, the program attracts working professionals in the K-12 arena and diverse school communities who are interested in increased teaching responsibility or school-based supervisory or central office leadership, including instructional supervisor, assistant principal, or principal. 

Educational Technology Leadership (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

The program is founded on three beliefs: that leadership skills and technological competence are fundamental to the appropriate and successful utilization of technologies in educational settings; that access to the requisite knowledge should be universal, despite the barriers of distance, personal physical limitations and lifestyle; and that educational technologies focus on improving human performance and learning.

Elementary Education (M.Ed.)

The mission of the Master of Education program in elementary education is to prepare reflective teachers who are knowledgeable in the research and scholarship of curriculum and methods of instruction, can integrate theory and practice, and are actively dedicated to teaching and learning.

Essentials of Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

This certificate provides sound understanding of organizations as human systems. Students learn about the interaction of human behavior and organizational processes. Each course in the certificate program is part of the existing curriculum for the master’s degree in Human Resource Development (HRD). Upon completion of the certificate, a student may choose to continue in the master’s program, at which point the student would be required to submit an application and meet entrance requirements. All coursework completed in the certificate will transfer into the master’s program.

Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

The only one of its kind in the country, this unique course of study equips students with the knowledge and pedagogical practices of an arts and culture-based approach to Jewish education, preparing students for employment in many settings, ranging from educational institutions to the world of museums and tourism.

Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling (Graduate Certificate)

The program offers a collaborative multidisciplinary approach, making it ideal for counselors in private practice, rehabilitation counselors and supervisors, directors of rehabilitation agencies and vocational experts.  Counselors seeking additional education required for certification also benefit from this program.  GW’s program in forensic rehabilitation counseling is one of only two such programs offered nationally in the United States.

Higher Education Administration (M.A.Ed.&H.D., Ed.S., Ed.D.)

The master’s program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed for successful work in entry- and mid-career professional positions, and offers concentrations in general administration; higher education policy and finance; international education; and student affairs administration. The doctoral program prepares students to fulfill advanced/senior level academic, administrative, and research roles in institutions of higher education, national and international associations, and government agencies.

Human & Organizational Learning (Ed.S., Ed.D.)

The human and organizational learning program provides professionals, managers, and consultants with a foundation in relevant theories, concepts, and practices. The program focuses on the inter-relationships among people, organizations, and learning while utilizing systemic change processes. Students are encouraged to form communities to provide collective support, promote active learning, and model a learning culture.

Improvement Science in Education (Graduate Certificate)

This certificate is designed to prepare educators to lead the Improvement Science process in their educational setting. Courses focus on school improvement and teacher leadership, and provide field-based practice to develop and apply core skills using a variety of data and analytic tools. There are two tracks offered for this certificate: Teacher Leadership and Administrative Supervision.

Incorporating International Perspectives in Education (Graduate Certificate)

Designed for individuals with bachelor’s or master’s degrees who are interested in learning about internationalization and how to incorporate global perspectives into curriculum, pedagogy, and school policy and practice.

Individualized Program: Education & Human Development (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

Students with unique, interdisciplinary needs can tailor the individualized master’s program’s flexible structure to focus on new and emerging fields in education and human development. The core curriculum consists of courses in human development and social/historical/philosophical foundations in education and curriculum. 

Instuctional Design (Graduate Certificate)

From the assessment of needs and the analysis of learning objectives to the rapid-development of instructional materials and their evaluation, the certificate program prepares students to apply the theories, principles, models, tools and techniques of systematic instructional design in diverse organizational settings. 

Integrating Technology Into Education (Graduate Certificate)

The graduate certificate addresses the theory and practice of educational technology, including key characteristics of different media and the design, development and use of multimedia resources in education and training settings.

International Education (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

This program focuses on traditions and systems of education in other nations and cultures. Students acquire skills and experience relevant to working in these programs. The program offers expertise in four areas: education and development; education of the marginalized; international-intercultural study and students; and technology and international education. The international education program boasts highly placed alumni in organizations such as USAID, Save the Children, the Institute of International Education, as well as in governments and universities all over the world.

Job Development & Placement (Graduate Certificate)

This 12-hour graduate certificate program is designed for state, federal, nonprofit, and community-based rehabilitation professionals. It allows them to enhance their ability to assess and place persons with disabilities into steady employment environments.  Students delve into the social and cultural dimensions of counseling and the foundations of rehabilitation counseling, as well as job development and job-placement methods and techniques. Areas of study include labor marketing information, supported employment and independent living.

Leadership Development (Graduate Certificate)

The 18-credit graduate certificate program enables students to acquire skills and knowledge in the areas of group processes, adult learning, organizational diagnosis and consulting strategies.  Each course in the certificate program comes from the existing curriculum for the master’s degree in human resource development. Upon completion of the certificate, students may choose to continue in the master’s program, at which point they would be required to submit an application and meet entrance requirements. All coursework completed in the certificate will transfer into the master’s program.

Leadership in Educational Technology (Graduate Certificate)

This graduate certificate—offered only online—provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills required to be effective leaders in an educational technology environment. Students acquire leadership skills. They also learn how technology can be effectively applied in their organizations. In this vein, they will be exposed to everything from software and hardware systems to the evaluation of sound educational technology software and implementation plans.

Multimedia Development (Graduate Certificate)

The graduate certificate provides students from varied professional backgrounds the knowledge and foundational skills required to plan, design, develop, implement and evaluate multimedia materials for instructional use. Students will have the opportunity to create a portfolio that demonstrates their skills in multimedia development.

Organizational Leadership & Learning (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

Students obtain a solid foundation in human resource development concepts and can choose from electives in organizational development, human performance and learning, or training/ development, as well as course offerings throughout the university.

Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

GW’s rehabilitation counseling program is ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The program encompasses a wide range of rehabilitation counseling issues, theories, and practices, including multicultural counseling, attitudinal and environmental barriers for people with disabilities, rehabilitation services, case management, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, job placement, and ethical standards for rehabilitation counselors.

School Counseling (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

Study includes classroom, laboratory, and field-site education and training. The program also includes a two-semester internship during which interns deliver counseling services under supervision both in the program’s Community Counseling Services Center (a fully equipped training facility) and at schools in the community.

Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

Students become part of a diverse community of scholars and teachers dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning in public schools. The secondary education program opens the door to a broad range of teaching possibilities and includes a variety of concentrations, including art, languages, humanities, social studies, math, and sciences.

Secondary Special Education & Transition Services (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

Developed in partnership with area public schools and community agencies, the curriculum reflects an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach that emphasizes linking school, community, and post-secondary systems. Concentrations are available in the following areas: adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders; adolescents with learning disabilities; brain injury special educator; brain injury specialist; and interdisciplinary transition services.

Special Education (Ed.S., Ed.D.)

Utilizing a transdisciplinary approach to the preparation of special education scholars and leaders, the program helps students acquire knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and the developmental sciences and translate that knowledge to the most pressing issues to special education today.

Special Education for Children with Emotional & Behavioral Disabilities (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

Using a professional development school model, teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD) complete a two-semester clinical internship at a regional partner school during the day and attend courses at night. Student interns receive intensive video supervision on-site and participate in a learning community to improve outcomes of elementary-aged students with the primary diagnosis of EBD.

Special Education for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners (Graduate Certificate, M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

This unique course of study is one of only eight programs in the U.S. that prepares educators to meet the cultural, language, social, and learning needs of a growing number of culturally and linguistically diverse, and/or exceptional, students. It emphasizes culturally responsive instruction, assessment, and service practices to prepare professionals to distinguish and differentiate between students with a disability and those in the process of secondlanguage acquisition.

STEM Master Teacher (Graduate Certificate)

The STEM Master Teacher Graduate Certificate provides current K-12 science and mathematics teachers with 12 hours of credit-bearing coursework that offers advanced techniques and approaches to STEM instruction, curriculum, and assessment. The certificate focuses on topics of importance to local districts including best math and science practices.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Graduate Certificate)

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares educators to work with English learners in both U.S. and international contexts. Coursework provides students with knowledge of applied linguistics, language acquisition theories, and methods of teaching. Students have opportunities to apply foundational concepts in TESOL through critical discussions about issues facing English learners in today’s classrooms and direct experiences in classrooms in and around the nation’s capital.

Training & Educational Technology (Graduate Certificate)

This certificate prepares students to apply the theories, principles, models and tools of instructional technology and distance education in diverse organizational learning activities and settings. Skills and experiences acquired run the range from conducting a needs analysis to applying the systematic design of instruction to evaluating the role of technology in leadership development and the assessment of distance education (or e-learning) opportunities.

Transition Special Education (Graduate Certificate)

In the special education transition certificate program, you will focus on social justice as you join a community of transition leaders from across the country, learning to design and implement transition and career assessment strategies to help ensure the success of youth as they transition to adult life.