Master of Arts in Classical Education

This program provides educators with a strong philosophical foundation in classical education through instruction in the great works of the Western intellectual tradition as well as explicit instruction in pedagogy and curricular integration. The flexible course delivery during the school year as well as the affordable tuition make this program unique and well-suited for educators who are working full-time. As part of Benedictine College’s vision for transforming culture in America, the Sheridan Center for Classical Studies offers this graduate degree in classical education to support those engaged in the renewal of liberal arts education.

What Distinguishes Our Program


  • Designed for the working professional, our courses are curated to integrate foundational principles with practical pedagogy that can be applied immediately within your daily instructional routines.


  • Courses are fully online during the school year with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous elements to provide flexibility for our students. Each summer includes a two-week intensive, in-person course hosted at Benedictine College. For this summer, the intensive course will take place from July 15-26, 2024.


  • The tuition rate for our program is $300 per credit hour, for a total tuition cost of $10,800 for our 36-credit hour degree requirements. For information on other costs, see our Tuition & Fees page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this program’s vision of classical education?

Our vision of classical education relies upon the rich Western intellectual tradition, which includes the most excellent contributions of the world’s many cultures as the “tools of learning” by which we form the human person in the intellectual and moral virtues. Through our program, we seek to pass on the rich tradition of paideia through the cultivation of a lively and inquisitive intellect by means of Socratic and seminar-style instruction and the cultivation of will in wonder and awe for the true, the good and the beautiful.

Review our courses and degree requirements or contact us for more information.

Is this program for me?

This program is designed for teachers actively engaged in classroom instruction who seek to understand the theory and practice of classical liberal arts models of education. Similar to the ends of a liberal arts education, e.g., forming the intellect and will of the human person, this program provides teachers with an opportunity to study the great works of the Western intellectual tradition, an understanding of the nature of the human person and its relation to instructional practice, and a variety of pedagogical methods for use in the classical classroom.

If you’re not currently engaged in classroom instruction or are at the beginning of your teaching career, this program might still be a good fit for you. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss your interests!

If you’re still unsure about whether this is the program for you, please contact us to arrange a phone call, in-person meeting or virtual meeting.

Will I earn a teaching license by completing this program?

This program does not result in teacher licensure. The program is designed primarily for educators seeking to gain an understanding of the classical liberal arts tradition who are already licensed or who teach in schools which do not require licensure.

If you are interested in this program and require a path to licensure, please contact us to discuss licensure pathways.

Can I take individual courses?

You may enroll in a course as a non-degree seeking student as long as there is room available in that course. We are also in the process of developing endorsement tracks, which – though not associated with any teacher licensure – would demonstrate a specialization in classical education. See here for more information on available graduate sequences.

Can I enroll in this program part-time?

Yes. You can enroll in this degree as a part-time student with the expectation that you would take one course (3 credit hours) per semester. You have 6 years from the start of your first semester to complete all the degree requirements. However, you may not be eligible for federal student loans if you are enrolled part-time.

Are courses offered online?

All courses during the school year are offered online with both synchronous (live, virtual meetings) and asynchronous components. Two of the required courses are offered only in-person at Benedictine College as summer institutes, i.e. two-week intensive courses in June or July.

When are applications due?

Students who wish to enroll with the cohort beginning this summer must apply by April 15. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.