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.” Our commitment to reading and discussing the classics of the western canon has led many teachers from classical schools 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 2018 the pilot program for our new two-summer Certificate in Classical Pedagogy.
Teachers enrolled in the pilot program for the Certificate in Classical Pedagogy 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,” and “Mathematics and Natural Science.” In addition to subject-area classes, students will enroll in one elective “preceptorial” – either a class centered on the close reading of a classic text, or introductory Latin. Finally, students working toward the certificate participate in a one-credit weekly class focused on pedagogy. This class will include reading and discussion of classic texts related to pedagogy from authors such as Burke, Newman, Sayers and Lewis, as well as visiting speakers who will talk about the use of classic texts and a discussion-based pedagogy in K – 12 educational settings.
Teachers completing the two-summer pilot will not be eligible for an accredited certificate, but will receive 20 hours of graduate-level credit. They may also return to finish the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree any time within eight years of enrolling in the program.
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.
We welcome applications from teachers interested in being a part of the pilot program for the Certificate in Classical Pedagogy for the summer of 2018. Applicants should complete the regular application for the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree, indicating on the application interest in the program. Admission for this initial summer is available on a rolling basis.
For additional information about the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College, including the reading lists for our topic-areas, please visit us on the web at https://www.sjc.edu/academic-programs/graduate/masters-liberal-arts To apply, please contact the Graduate Institute admissions officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome you to join us in Annapolis this summer!
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