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City Year @ AU Discounted tuition for corps members, alumni, and staff

American University has partnered with City Year to offer Master degree options to City Year corps members, alumni and staff who will be able to choose from three degrees in AU's School of Education (SOE). These programs are built on a cohort-based design, are offered in an online or on-the-ground format, include scholarships for City Year participants, and are designed for those participants who want to make a lasting positive difference in the lives of children and engage in transformative education policy and practice.

Program Options

To Apply

The priority deadline to apply for fall enrollment is Feb 1 and the 2 nd deadline is March 1. Applications are accepted and processed on a rolling admissions basis until cohorts are filled. The application process for AISGW participants:

  • Complete the online application
  • Official transcripts (sealed) from any institutions previously attended;

  • Special Education and MAT Candidates must submit passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam (CORE) electronically using code 5007

  • a Letter of Intent (which is included in the online application) written by the applicant related to his or her background and career interests.

  • Please indicate your City Year experience in your letter of intent as part of the application.

SOE will waive the application fee and the letters of recommendation requirement. City Year participants should have completed their year of service before entering this program; however, currently serving corps members are encouraged to apply during their corps year and if accepted, are eligible for all benefits specified above upon successful completion of their corps year.

City Year Tuition Comparison*
Full Program Tuition Rates for AY 2019* Regular Tuition City Year Participant:
City Year Participant:
MA in Special Education:
Learning Disabilities (K-12)
$57,435 $32,168 not offered at this time
MAT Early Childhood
(preK-3), Elementary (K-6),
Secondary (7-12)
$53,776 - $64,754 $38,181 - $45,975 $38,181 (Elementary only)
MEd: Education Policy and
Leadership: Policy Studies Track
or Teacher Leadership Track
$53,776 $33,395 $38,181
(policy studies only)

*All fees listed above are estimations and may vary depending on the number of cohort participant enrollments and actual increases in annual tuition.

Online Program Information

Details about the online graduate programs can be found at SOE Online.

Take Action

AU Program Graduate Assistants and Program Directors are here to answer your questions! Ask us about

  • degree program content
  • setting up a visit to a class
  • partnership benefits

Educational Policy:, 202-885-6900

Special Education:, 202-885-3731

Teacher Education:, 202-885-3746

Informational webinars are being offered now: Learn More

To view more details about the program, please go to City Year's National Service Scholars Program Page.

Upcoming Informational Webinars and Events

Learn more about our degree programs by signing up for a virtual open house or information session on campus. Check out the dates and details.

What's Happening in DC?

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To Verify Your City Year Affiliation

Applicants seeking to be considered for City Year's National Service Scholars Program are required to submit a letter verifying their City Year affiliation. Please send an email to the City Year Alumni & Career Services Manager at with "American University SOE: City Year verification letter request" in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent to the American University SOE program office and added to your applicant file.