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 $435 per credit hour (reduced from the standard Braniff graduate tuition of $685 plus fees). Scholarships can further reduce this cost.
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.
Chair and Assistant Professor of English Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D., and Professor of Physics and recent Interim Dean of Constantin College Sally Hicks, Ph.D., have secured a $299,078 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support writing instruction at UD for the fall 2020 semester.
His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.
During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.