Master of Arts in Education

As a student entering our Master of Arts in Education program, we recognize your achievements: you’ve already accomplished much as an educator, and through your rich academic experiences, you’ve formed your basic professional identity. Goddard College’s graduate program will guide you to the next level, allowing you to grow your professional identity further, and in the direction you desire.

Our dedicated faculty will collaborate with you to clearly define individual short- and long-term goals, and to help you design a personalized learning plan to meet those goals. The self-directed personalized learning plan you create will build logically on your inherent talents and experience, while drawing on new tools and skills to help you become a more self-reflective and intuitive educator, especially responsive and adaptable to changing conditions with individual students and in the classroom.

In the Master of Arts, you choose your topic of inquiry. Then, you work with advisors and mentors to craft an interdisciplinary program of study based on your personal learning style, focused on the essentials that will contribute most to your professional growth, and to the enrichment of your students.

Your studies at Goddard ultimately lead to the completion of a thesis: a holistic, living document, aimed at meeting your educational goals, empowering your students, and enriching your community. Creating your thesis will be far more than an academic exercise: it will serve as a blueprint for your next steps and future growth as a professional educator.

About Goddard

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The Goddard Difference

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The Education Program faculty are deeply committed to offering a holistic, interdisciplinary and student-centered approach to learning that is personally and socially relevant.

Our faculty is comprised of national and international scholar practitioners with extensive experience supporting students taking charge of their learning.

Study Options

Students pursuing the Master of Arts can focus their studies in the following areas:

The Semester

Following the residency and over the course of 16 weeks of study and reflection, you will submit your work to your faculty advisor. Typically, there are 5 submissions for full-time students and 3 submissions for part-time students. Evidence of the work completed can include essays, critical and creative writing, sample curricula, classroom materials, documentation of art practice/works, book annotations, and a cover letter in which you reflect on the learning process.

Your advisor responds promptly in writing to your materials with a detailed letter addressing the various components of your work and containing appraisal, feedback, and suggestions.

Through the regular exchange of work and responses, a sustained, meaningful dialogue takes place centered on your learning and goals. Students often describe this dialogue as transformative and empowering.

At the end of the semester, in lieu of grades, students and advisors write comprehensive evaluations of the student’s learning.


Goddard’s Education Program is approved by the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators for preparing licensure-seeking students to receive a Vermont Initial License in one or more of six endorsement areas. Vermont participates with all other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification’s Interstate Agreement, which governs licensure reciprocity.

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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