Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Continuous Improvement

How would your practice develop by working in a collaborative cohort of talented teachers?

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 2021–2022 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.

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 2021, finish in July 2022
  • Total tuition cost of approximately $18,000, with financial aid available
  • Courses designed around school year calendar

Overview of Year

June–July, 2021–Term 1 In-person courses in Redwood City 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 continuous improvement and culturally responsive teaching
January—May, 2022—Term 3 Online courses and work implementing ideas in the classroom inside a small professional learning community focused on continuous improvement and universal design for learning
June—July, 2022— Term 4 In-person courses in Redwood City 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

  • Application opens September 15
    • Priority deadline November 20 (decision by December 1)
    • Regular deadline December 15, 2020 (decision by January 15)
    • Alder will offer a third round admission in Spring if cohort spots remain to be filled
  • 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 (with option to appeal if below 3.0)
  • Essay question responses
  • Video of teaching and reflection

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