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Master's Programs

Learning and Teaching

In the Learning and Teaching (L&T) Program, you will join a diverse cohort of educators striving to make a greater impact in the lives of all learners as schoolwide leaders and education reformers. Together, you will explore topics as varied as school reform and design; arts and technology in the classroom; theories of teaching and learning; adult and adolescent development; race, class, and gender dynamics; and the history and future of education in America.

The L&T curriculum is both broad and flexible, you can tailor your coursework to fit a wide variety of career goals and organizational settings, both inside and outside of schools.

I love how this program brings people together from across continents and sectors who are united in their passion for understanding how people learn and what great teaching can look like.

Senior Lecturer Kathryn Boudett, faculty director

  • Cohort and Community – During your time at HGSE, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside a diverse group of peers who have a shared passion for education and an intellectual curiosity that will help transform the field. You will develop strong bonds and a supportive learning community through participation in various cohort and community-building, virtual activities hosted by your program, student organizations, and HGSE faculty and staff.
  • Fieldwork and Internships – Internships provide a lot of value to your academic experience while providing you excellent knowledge to build your resume and experiment with jobs to test your interests. While Field Experiences will continue to be an important part of the HGSE learning experience, logistical and other program details are subject to modification for academic year 2020-21.

Curriculum Information

HGSE and its faculty are launching a series of schoolwide courses, designed to take advantage of active learning and the latest research findings about how to nurture powerful learning experiences online. These schoolwide courses address a range of critical topics that respond to today’s societal circumstances, including leadership and organizations, inclusive and effective teaching, education policy, and more. Your courses are being redesigned to provide the best that digital learning has to offer, combining asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences and an unparalleled curriculum. Program-specific courses will be offered in a variety of formats: seminars, tutorials, classes of varying sizes and models for collaboration and learning, field-based experiences, and more.

The L&T curriculum is fully customizable to match your academic interests and professional goals. You will complete eight courses (32 credits) in total: five courses from the list of L&T approved courses and three electives, ranging across topics of teaching practice, how we learn, curriculum design, assessment, coaching, adult development, and many others. We strongly encourage that at least one course of these courses focus on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

For students in the Instructional Leadership (IL) strand of the program, your experience is designed for K-12 public and independent school teachers with at least three years of experience who are ready to take on new leadership roles. You will be assigned an advisor who is an experienced instructional leader who will help you personalize a course of study to fit your prior experience, skills, and career goals. We strongly encourage all students in this strand to take our course on facilitating professional learning for adults, since this content is critical to a wide range of instructional leadership positions. 

Read the June 18, 2020 curriculum update for academic year 2020-2021.

Program Faculty

HGSE consists of a faculty of the whole and students can work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty that L&T students most often work with include:


Alumni and Student Profiles

L&T alumni are working in a wide variety of educational leadership roles. Many L&T graduates are teacher leaders in traditional public, charter, independent, and international schools. Other have taken on schoolwide roles as instructional leaders, curriculum developers, content coaches, department directors, educational coordinators, ESL coordinators, guidance counselors, and heads of schools. L&T alumni also thrive in positions in out-of-school settings, such as museum educators, outdoor educators, medical school instructors, and more.

Tomihiro Ono and the ALTBridge Group

Finding Fulfillment: Tomihiro Ono, L&T'20

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Learning and Teaching reflects on his time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Damaris Altomerianos

The Joy of Collective Learning: Damaris Altomerianos, L&T'19

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Learning and Teaching reflects on her time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Apply to HGSE’s Master’s in Education online degree program, for fall 2020 enrollment.

Online Ed.M.

Learn more about our online Ed.M. and submit your information to receive updates about events and key dates. You may also explore frequently asked questions about the 2020-2021 academic year.

Connect with Admissions

We invite you to connect with our admissions team to learn more about applying for enrollment this fall. Join our virtual office hours or attend a weekly webinar. You may also email admissions for more information.