Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Continuous Improvement

What would it be like to earn a Master’s degree focused on your work in your classroom?

What if you could earn that degree in 13 months,
affordably, and in a way that fits your specific schedule?

The Alder Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Continuous Improvement is a 13-month Master’s degree pathway designed to help current teachers improve in their classroom practice. Over the course of two summers and one school year, students will focus deeply on improvement science in action in their classrooms. Additional focuses in the program include culturally responsive teaching, whole child education, multilingual learner instruction, and universal design for learning. The program is designed around the busy schedule of a practicing classroom teacher, with online courses during the fall and spring and in-person courses over the summer break.

For the 2022–2023 cohort, Alder will exclusively offer the Master of Arts in Education pathway to teachers working in Alder-affiliated schools and programs. A list of eligible programs can be found at this link.

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Why earn your Master of Arts in Education with Alder?

  • Grow in your practice as a teacher through a rigorous continuous improvement model focused on your work in your classroom
  • Develop collaborative, professional relationships through a cohort-based pathway
  • Advance as a professional educator through an affordable one-year Master’s degree designed to fit your school calendar and schedule

Rigorous Continuous Improvement Model

  • The Master’s pathway will utilize a continuous improvement model, where you implement and test innovative new approaches in your classroom
  • Overlying frameworks of culturally responsive teaching, whole child education, multilingual learner instruction, and universal design for learning

Cohort Model

  • Learn with a collaborative cohort of 22-25 teachers, taking all courses together across the scope of the year
  • Work in a small professional learning community, observing teaching and classroom work with role-alike peers

Affordable, 13-Month, Master’s Degree

  • Begin in June 2022, finish in July 2023
  • Tuition cost for the 2021-2022 cohort is $18,000, with financial aid available; we anticipate next year’s tuition will be similar.
  • Courses designed around school year calendar

Overview of Year

June–July, 2022–Term 1 In-person courses in your geographic region or synchronous online focused on continuous improvement model and understanding our position in the history and landscape of public education
August—December, 2021—Term 2 Online courses and work implementing ideas in the classroom inside a small professional learning community, focused on culturally responsive teaching and universal design for learning
January—May, 2022—Term 3 Online courses and work implementing ideas in the classroom inside a small professional learning community focused on multilingual education and whole child education
June—July, 2022— Term 4 In-person courses in your geographic region or synchronous online focused on synthesizing learning from the program and preparing a Master’s portfolio

Note that in-person courses will be held in synchronous online format if COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Application Process and Requirements

  • Priority Application Deadline – November 19, 2021
  • Winter Application Deadline – December 17, 2021
  • Spring Application Deadline (for remaining spots) – March 4, 2022
  • Please e-mail MAadmissions@aldergse.edu with any questions

Application Requirements

  • Current teacher in a school or program affiliated with Alder GSE
  • Transcript showing Bachelor’s degree or higher and a 3.0 GPA preferred (with option to appeal if below 3.0)
  • Essay question responses
  • Video of teaching and reflection