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Master's Degree Program

Learning and Teaching

The program information below is for academic year 2020-2021. This program has enrolled their final cohort. We are dedicated to helping you prepare for an impactful career in education by offering powerful learning experiences and field-based opportunities that will develop critical professional skills. We encourage you learn more about our reimagined Master's in Education.

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.

HGSE Requirements 

  • All HGSE students must complete a minimum of eight courses (32 credits) in order to graduate
  • At least four courses (16 credits) must be HGSE courses

Program Requirements

  • Five courses focused on Learning & Teaching (20 credits)
  • One course must focus on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (4 credits)
  • Electives (12+ credits) 

The L&T curriculum is fully customizable to match your academic interests and professional goals. You will complete the equivalent of eight courses (32 credits) in total: three elective courses and five from the list of L&T approved courses which 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 your courses focus on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Instructional Leadership Strand

  • Three courses focused on Instructional Leadership (12 credits)
  • Two courses focused on Learning & Teaching requirements (8 credits)
  • One course must focus on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (4 credits)

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 and coaching with equity in mind, since these courses are designed to help you build skills that are critical to a wide range of instructional leadership positions.

See my.harvard for a complete list of courses.

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.

Turner Cooper

People-First Practice: Turner Cooper, L&T'22

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

Jo Persad

In Pursuit of Joy and Magic: Jo Persad, L&T'21

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

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