UD is beginning a new program specifically designed for high school teachers who would like to pursue a graduate degree in the company of their professional peers. Through the Master of Humanities Teachers Cohort, which is offered to full-time teachers at a special tuition rate, cohort members will follow a common curriculum pursuing a master's of humanities degree, or choose from other humanities offerings from the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis from now through August for the fall 2013 semester.
"We believe that teachers are charged with no small task, namely the preservation of civilization itself. To do that well, they need the opportunity to return to study themselves, to read and re-read the best things that have been written in community with their colleagues," said Braniff Dean David Sweet. "The purpose of this special program for teachers is to provide an opportunity for that growth."
Cohort members will begin their studies with a special orientation and throughout each semester they will enjoy events geared specifically towards their professional and intellectual development.
"While other colleges in the Dallas/Fort Worth area offer special programs for teachers, they are, for the most part, devoted to teacher training," said Associate Provost Brian Murray. "The Master of Humanities Teachers Cohort will focus exclusively on content."
The master's of humanities degree program is designed around a sequence of three Core "World" courses devoted to reading seminal works in the different eras of western thought. In addition to these courses, students may choose from a variety of courses in history, philosophy, theology, classics and literature. Those enrolled in the cohort program may also enroll in classes at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture's Teacher's Academy, a program founded by University of Dallas professors, including Donald and Louise Cowan.