By providing foundations in classical principles and pedagogy, the Classical Education Graduate Program aspires to form educators as master teachers. Students in the program explore the historical, philosophic, literary, aesthetic, rhetorical, and scientific roots of the liberal arts in the Western tradition. With a dedicated faculty and staff drawing on extensive experience in the academy and the classical classroom, and assisted by UD's world-class undergraduate faculty, the Classical Education Graduate Program combines the ethos of the University's core curriculum tradition with a concentration on the theory and practice of classical education, bringing these to working and aspiring classical school teachers, school administrators, and others both locally and around the country.
Gain the wisdom to pass on the knowledge of the classical tradition, whether you are a teacher, seek to become a headmaster, or desire to pursue advanced graduate studies while expanding your teaching skills. To meet the needs of busy teachers and administrators, our courses—including offerings such as "Philosophy of Education," "Classical Quadrivium," and "History of Liberal Arts Education"—are offered online during the academic year and onsite during the summer months.
36 credit hours, including required classes made especially for the Classical Education program, humanities electives, practicum, thesis, and foreign language.
36 credit hours, including required classes made especially for the Classical Education program, humanities electives, and practicum.
18 credit hours, including required classes made especially for the Classical Education program, humanities electives, and practicum.
With courses offered online during the school year and in-person during the summer, working teachers can earn their master's degree or classical teaching certificate without uprooting their lives or leaving off the important work they're doing in their communities. Classical education courses are offered at the discounted rate of $435 per credit hour (reduced from the standard Braniff graduate tuition of $685 plus fees). Scholarships can further reduce this cost.
The Classical Education Graduate Program provides teachers from various backgrounds and institutions an opportunity to reflect together on the beauty and splendor of the Western Tradition. The University of Dallas has lifted up a rallying banner for teachers everywhere.
– Philip Althage, Headmaster, Great Hearts Irving
Our classical education programs include a flexible practicum component. Under the direction of a member of our faculty and working with a mentor teacher at the teacher's own school, a local classical school, or homeschooling coop, classical education students design and implement a custom project putting the principles learned in the classroom into practice. In addition to this apprenticeship, classical education students benefit from connection to our professional network of classical schools, school networks, and leaders in classical education.
Over the past fifty years, the faculty of University of Dallas have inspired generations of teachers through their passion and profound knowledge of the classical tradition. With rigorous liberal arts programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, UD’s faculty are among the most accomplished and experienced classical educators in the country. Meet the classical education faculty and sample an online lecture.