The WW Graduate School program is different because it’s personalized for you. You learn from challenges based on real-world scenarios. You work at your own pace. You deepen your skills and knowledge. You receive feedback tailored to you. You try stuff out again and again until you get it—all so you can be the best teacher you can be.
- What does being a master’s degree candidate at the WW Graduate School actually look like?
The master’s program is competency-based, clinically intensive, and self-paced. That means you move through the program at your own pace, progressing as you demonstrate the skills and knowledge (or competencies) necessary to graduate. The program is made up of challenges—projects centered on real-world scenarios that teachers face. You work through these while teaching alongside an experienced teacher in a local school and at an afterschool program (clinical placement). Within each challenge, you learn, practice, and build your portfolio of competencies.
As a graduate, you earn a master’s in education degree (M.Ed.) and are recommended for teacher licensure. Learn more about the degree details.
- What are the requirements for admission?
WW Graduate School applicants include graduating college seniors, recent college graduates, career changers, and current teachers (without a master’s in education) who have majored in, or have earned 30 or more college-level credits in, one or more of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math). There are no prerequisite classes beyond adequate subject matter expertise. Learn more about the admissions process.
- How much does it cost?
Tuition is $27,000 for the program with generous financial aid available. This set price represents a flat fee for completion of the program—the WW Graduate School doesn’t charge tuition by semester or academic year. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.
- Where is the WW Graduate School located?
The WW Graduate School has a dedicated space in Cambridge, MA, that is available to teacher candidates at all times. Situated near all that MIT and Kendall Square has to offer and a short walk from the Lechmere T stop, the WW Graduate School will be your intellectual home away from home while completing the program.
Our Approach vs.
The Traditional Approach
In developing the WW Graduate School approach, we looked at the realities of today’s classrooms, considered how rapidly technology is changing the way we see the world, consulted MIT and other partners for research into how people learn, and crafted a program that could be personalized to each candidate. It isn’t for everyone. It doesn’t look like traditional programs. Here’s what’s different:
The WW Graduate School
- Competency-based and self-paced: You graduate once you demonstrate the skills and knowledge (competencies) you need to be a great teacher. You move as fast as your competency development takes. While the program is designed to take about 12 months, some of our graduates have completed sooner, some take longer.
- Learn by doing: You try the skills you’re learning through challenges under the supervision of a classroom teacher and coach. Sometimes this practice takes place in a traditional classroom, sometimes it happens in an afterschool or weekend program. You are guided and provided with feedback along the way. You also have access to simulated teaching environments and game-based learning throughout the program.
- Close-knit school community: While the program itself is highly personalized, the WW Graduate School works to foster an inclusive and supportive community for its teacher candidates (TCs), faculty, and staff. A dedicated staff member focuses on equity and student support. TCs help set community guidelines so differences are voiced, celebrated, and respected.
Traditional Ed Schools
- Seat time: You graduate once you’ve passed a set number of classes.
- Theory-focused learning: Coursework focuses on the theory. That’s followed by a separate student teaching experience.
- Large institution and class size: Institutional supports must be navigated on an individual basis. Cohorts—groups of students who enter together—are large and can’t always support collaboration and connection.
At the WW Graduate School, each week offers a variety of interactions and opportunities to try things out, learn what works—and what doesn’t—and try again. As you do, you discover how to realize your full potential as a teacher by constantly improving. We call this “try-learn-try,” and you’ll do it with these five building blocks:
- Practice space
- Project-based coursework
- Seminars and studio time
- Peer collaboration
The program is very individualized and flexible. The staff members care about teacher candidates and dedicate a lot of time to providing individualized feedback, suggestions, and learning material.
The Clinical Experience
Practice in a Real Classroom
You are placed in real classrooms and out-of-school programs from the very start. This allows you to apply and try what you’re learning in the challenges while teaching alongside an experienced teacher. The WW Graduate School has partnered with Boston-area public schools and organizations. Learn more about our partners.
Mentoring and support
The WW Graduate School will give you every tool you need to thrive in your career. You are mentored and supported throughout the program as well as during your first two years after graduation. Learn more about the mentoring and support available.