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Liberal Arts Education Certificate

Teacher education and professional development have been central to the mission of the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College since our founding more than 50 years ago as the “Teachers Institute for Liberal Education.”

Earn Your Liberal Arts Education Certificate in Two Summers

Our unique program based on reading and discussing the classics has led many teachers to join us around the seminar table; however, we often hear that teachers find it difficult to set aside the four summers needed to earn the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree. In order to make St. John’s education more easily available to all teachers, the Graduate Institute is pleased to announce for the summer of 2019 our new accredited two-summer Liberal Arts Education Certificate. The certificate is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

DISCUSS FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS OF THE WESTERN TRADITION

Teachers enrolled in the Liberal Arts Education Certificate program will participate in classes along with other St. John’s graduate students, reading and discussing foundational texts of the western tradition.

Topic areas offered to certificate students include:

  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Politics and Society
  • Literature
  • Mathematics and Natural Science

In addition to subject-area classes, students each summer will enroll in one “preceptorial.” For one summer, the preceptorial class for certificate students will be devoted to reading and discussing classic works about pedagogy and education. Students in this preceptorial will also have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback as they lead discussions for one another. For the other summer, the student may choose from among the preceptorials being offered, either a class centered on the close reading of a classic text, or introductory Latin.

EARN GRADUATE LEVEL CREDIT

Teachers completing the two-summer Liberal Arts Education Certificate degree will receive 18 hours of transferable graduate-level credit. They may also return to finish the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree by completing two additional semesters of study any time within eight years of enrolling in the program.

FINANciAL AID

As part of our commitment to educators, the Graduate Institute will make significant financial aid—including some full-tuition fellowships—available to teachers enrolled in this program.

HOW TO APPLY

We welcome applications from teachers interested in being a part of the Liberal Arts Education Certificate program for the summer of 2019. Admission is available on a rolling basis.

Applicants should complete the regular application for the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree, indicating on the application interest in the program.

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