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About George Washington University - Online

The George Washington University

About Us

As one of the nation’s first major universities to launch online programs, the George Washington University (GW) provides students from all backgrounds — and all locations around the world — with the highest quality online educational opportunities.

Why You Should Earn Your Degree at GW

  • The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is ranked the 8th Best Online Education School for 2015 by S. News & World Report.
  • Strong legacy of transforming students into change agents
  • Unparalleled educational approach that integrates intellectual discovery and interactive learning

GW prepares you to lead in research and policy, as well as practice in the fields of teaching, counseling, administration, human and organizational learning, and education policy. The school also offers opportunities for experienced professionals to enrich their education and advance their career.


Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accrediting agency

Program descriptions:

Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning (Business & Leadership)

The Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning program is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based program that prepares the next generation of professionals for broad career opportunities in diverse work settings such as public and private businesses and nonprofit organizations. Expand your leadership skills and develop greater self-awareness while leading small groups and multicultural contexts.

Career Opportunities for Graduates:

  • Corporate Development
  • Government Agencies
  • Independent Consulting
  • Leadership Development
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Talent Management
  • Training and Development

Why GW’s online Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning?

  • Applied and Innovative Curriculum: The topics covered throughout the program utilize real-world examples and are immediately applicable to your career.
  • Emphasis on Awareness: The program focuses on a unique view of leadership and expands on your understanding of how to lead in the midst of change.
  • Diverse Student Body: The program draws upon its diverse student body of professionals from a variety of different job roles such as entrepreneurs and military personnel to human resources managers.

Master's in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services

The online Master's in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services is designed for passionate educators who are ready to take a step forward in their careers with a challenging, practice-based Master's degree.

The program meets the Transition Guideposts of the U.S. Department of Labor National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD-Youth) and the CEC Advanced Knowledge and Skills Base for Transition Specialists (2008).

This nationally-recognized program provides critical knowledge and experience in the ever-emerging field of secondary transition based upon legislative requirements, research, and evidence-based practices. With a strong social justice focus, you are prepared to effectively lead quality transition programs and services for all youth with disabilities in various settings.

Why GW's Master's in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services?

  • Leadership Component: The program imbeds a "train-the-trainers" leadership component enabling you to be recognized by your organization as a transition leader.
  • Interdisciplinary Interaction: Through interactions in the discussion forums and small group projects, you gain exposure to different viewpoints and refine critical analysis and communication skills.
  • Applied Research: The program offers a curriculum that is driven by the most up-to-date, applied research by experts in the field and is responsive to a variety of transition outcomes.
  • Diverse Student Body: Gain exposure to unique viewpoints and refine your critical analysis and communication skills with discussion forums and small group projects.

Graduate Certificate

GW offers an online Graduate Certificate in Transition Special Education. In the online graduate certificate program, students will gain the required knowledge, skills and competencies to assist youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to postsecondary opportunities.

GW's Graduate Certificate in Transition Special Education consists of 12-credit hours and can be completed in 1 year.


Master’s in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (Education)

The online Master's in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners is one of only eight programs in the country that prepares educators to meet the cultural, language, social and learning needs of a growing number of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

The program is nationally recognized by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and leads to certification in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and special education (SPED).

Why GW’s online Master’s in Special Education?

  • ESOL and SPED PRAXIS: You will develop a professional portfolio and are prepared to sit for the ESOL PRAXIS and SPED PRAXIS exams at the end of your program. Upon graduation you will be prepared to work with students who have disabilities and those in the process of second language acquisition.
  • Theory-to-Practice Model: GW offers a progressive curriculum based on cutting-edge research paired with field experience to create teachers who have the knowledge and skills to understand and address the cultural, linguistic, social and learning needs of students.
  • Applied Coursework Focusing on Policy and Research: The topics covered throughout the program utilize real-world examples and provide frameworks that are immediately actionable in the classroom.

Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration

The online Master’s in Educational Leadership Administration is designed for teachers and school administrators who want to advance into leadership positions. The program prepares you for advanced levels of professional responsibility in diverse educational communities and will increase your technical, conceptual, political, and leadership skills. Completion of the degree may prepare qualified candidates for administrator/principal licensure.

The program is accredited and recognized as a program of distinction by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). It is also nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Why GW’s online Master’s in Special Education?

  • Tradition of Excellence: For more than 30 years, GW’s program has created exceptional leaders in education.
  • Applied Coursework: Students expand their knowledge and skills by completing a series of real-world education leadership projects.
  • Practice-Based Instructors: Students learn from faculty members who are current in the field, share their real world experiences and provide uncommon insight on the field.

Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership (Education)

The online Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership is an innovative program that prepares you to lead the design and implementation of instructional technology systems in a variety of contexts. The coursework has been designed to develop intellectual leaders who understand curriculum and instruction, motivate and guide professional colleagues, and provide the practical skills necessary to lead technology-driven learning in diverse situations.

Graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in following areas:

  • K-12 schools
  • Higher education institutions
  • Corporations
  • Organizations
  • Associations
  • Government agencies
  • Foundations

Why GW’s Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership?

  • Tradition of Excellence: For more than 25 years, the Educational Technology Leadership master’s program has pioneered distance-learning methods to students around the world.
  • Leadership Focus: The program focuses on the relationships between education, technology and leadership, whereby leadership is infused broadly throughout the curriculum.
  • Applied Coursework:  Within the core courses, you will gain real-world experience by completing a series of applied project activities.

Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling (Health & Human Services)

Accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), the online Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling program is ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and leads you towards licensure and employment opportunities in public and private organizations. The program transforms you into a qualified professional to empower physically, mentally, emotionally or socially disabled persons to rehabilitate and resume their place in society.

Why GW’s online Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling?

  • Mentorship Program: Develop a greater understanding of the program and your educational career opportunities with GW’s mentorship program. This program pairs you with program graduates who are now working in a variety of industries to help you network while you engage in first-hand learning.
  • Outcomes-Based Learning: Through rigorous coursework, a practicum and an internship, you will integrate the critical knowledge and clinical skills necessary for professional practice. The practicum is a total of 100 hours, and the internship totals 600 hours across two semesters.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are active in the field and can provide their own real-world experiences and uncommon insights.
A recent study from Georgetown University found that, on average, college graduates earn $1 million more in earnings over their lifetime. (Source: 2017 Study by Georgetown University)
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