ASU’s SCETL focuses on the development of civic and economic principles that have shaped the American experience. SCETL’s study of classic works and the exploration of fundamental questions provides a distinct academic approach to the pursuit of the highest ideals, “inspiring leadership and statesmanship for the common good.” In addition to an undergraduate major and minor, SCETL sponsors the Civic Leadership Institute for high school students, a variety of reading groups, and numerous public forums for scholars and public intellectuals, with video coverage of its events available through a cooperative arrangement with PBS.
Established in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society. The Institute develops educational resources and programs for a network of more than 50,000 educators and 70,000 students nationwide. The president of BRI, Dr. David Bobb, is a member of the Institute’s Advisory Council.
In collaboration with Great Hearts, the Templeton Honors College has formed a distinctive graduate degree (MAT) for educators interested in the roots of education in Western Civilization, in pursuit of “the ultimate goal of forming virtuous students and teachers.” This integrated approach encourages deep inquiry and personal reflection through a cohort model constructed around two five-week summer residencies in Philadelphia. Master teachers and teaching apprenticeships are designed around the Summer Scholars Program, which explore great books in Socratic seminars with high school students. The philosophical emphasis of Templeton’s MAT focuses on the development of exemplary teachers, a deep and abiding sense of wonder, the ability to ask and explore meaningful questions, and a profound commitment to understanding human nature and purpose. Dr. Brian Williams directs the MAT and serves as the dean of the Templeton Honors College. He will be serving as a Visiting Fellow of the Institute in 2019.
At St. John’s College (SJC), a leader in the renewal of classical and liberal education in America, the great books—from Augustine to Shakespeare, Plato to Pascal—are our most important teachers. Johnnies study such authors in small, discussion-based seminars, diving deeply into works of literature, philosophy, theology, mathematics and the sciences. SJC offers both undergraduate and graduate programs on two beautiful campuses, in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM. SJC’s Graduate Institute, founded more than 50 years ago as the “Teachers Institute for Liberal Education,” features two programs specifically designed for educators: the two-summer Certificate in Liberal Arts Education with a classical focus and a four-semester MA in Liberal Arts. Graduate Institute students may select from five segments: “Philosophy and Theology,” “Politics and Society,” “Literature,” “History,” and “Mathematics and Natural Science.” Additionally, we offer the opportunity to study Greek and Latin. Both administrators and teachers who are enrolled in the Certificate or full degree programs may receive significant financial aid, including some full-tuition fellowships. President of St. John’s College, Annapolis, Pano Kanelos, serves on the Institute’s Advisory Council.
The graduate programs and certificates in classical education at UD are the first of their kind in the nation. Partnering with Great Hearts, UD launched this unique program of study, focusing on the preparation of teachers who are seeking to understand the history and philosophy of classical education, even as they explore the best of traditional practices in the context of 21stcentury schooling. Apprenticeships and practicum hours with UD are hosted at Great Hearts schools, as part of a collaborative arrangement that emphasizes the ongoing exploration of classical practices in contemporary classrooms. In addition to master’s degrees, a certificate program is also available through UD. Serving as the director and frequent instructor of the program, Dr. Matt Post personally supports Great Hearts teachers participating in the graduate program. He also provides close support to the various activities of the Institute, including service as a Visiting Fellow (Summer 2018).
At the Institute for Classical Education, we believe that a classical education is not only for the privileged few, but for every child, no matter their zip code. We invite you to help us bring a classical education to dozens of additional communities and thousands more children as we aim to bring a Classical education to more than 50,000 students by 2025.
Virtue is the flagship publication of the Institute for Classical Education. It disseminates stories, ideas, research and experiences in classical education to readers across the nation, helping them pursue the classical ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty.