The University of Dallas Classical Education Graduate Program fosters inquiry, cultivates
virtue, and instills wisdom.
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.
Read below for information about special scholarships for Classical Education students.
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.
Designed for the Working Classical School Teacher:
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 $425 per credit hour (reduced from the standard Braniff graduate tuition of $675 plus fees). In addition,
scholarships are available to reduce this cost by up to 90%.
Professional Advancement & Apprenticeship:
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
– 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.
Recognized for Teaching Excellence:
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.
In the current COVID-19 crisis, the love of Danny Fitzpatrick, BA '13, for Italy, appreciation for his time there, and a creative collaboration with sculptor Tim Schmalz have led to a specific way of rendering aid to the country beloved by so many UD alumni and one-time Romers.
Edisson Ramos, BA '20, is one of many students receiving assistance from UD's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which has currently raised nearly $90,000; the first of the funds were distributed last week to help students make their April rent, and Director of Financial Aid Taryn Anderson, BA '07, is in the process of distributing a second wave to students with housing or food insecurity or in need of Wi-Fi or other resources for online learning.
In our current condition, with most of the U.S. sheltering in place and/or learning and working from our homes, it's hard to imagine that just 20 days ago, teachers and those aspiring to be teachers gathered together for the fourth annual Excellence in Education conference at the University of Dallas, organized, run and sponsored by UD's Education Department, but so they did, and so we will all do -- gather together, that is -- some day again.