Master of Education

MEd for Experienced Educators, Mindfulness for Educators


Make the classroom a place of compassion.

Through the study and daily application of ancient and current applied philosophical perspectives, our master’s program will help you find and harness your innate wisdom to develop a more compassionate classroom. While you study you’ll find guidance to deepen your own mindfulness practice, develop an understanding of the history of mindfulness-based educational approaches and develop your own applications. Focus on the context in which the core principles of mindfulness and compassion affect the classroom to discover new perspectives on both teaching and learning strategies. This degree is offered by AU New England.

Program Overview

The mindfulness in education movement is growing rapidly. The field needs teachers who are prepared to take a leadership position by deeply understanding how mindfulness practices work in their own classrooms and schools to advance teaching and learning. Teachers who pursue an MEd with a concentration in Mindfulness for Educators study the core principles of mindfulness and compassion. The program strengthens an educator’s innate wisdom through the study and daily application of ancient and current applied philosophical perspectives, and universal and human development models. It has a three-pronged approach:

  • formal meditation practice
  • study of the field of mindfulness
  • application of ideas and approaches to classroom and other educational contexts

The program is rooted in the philosophy of reflective practice and inquiry. Each course is designed to lead teachers deeper into their own classroom experience and help them see the work of teaching and learning with fresh eyes. Antioch University New England (AUNE) has the only graduate program with a focus on mindfulness designed exclusively for educators. The program schedule offers relevant and engaging coursework designed to accommodate the busy lives of working educators. The cohort approach helps participants remain committed to daily meditation and informal mindfulness practices. The program combines online pedagogy with interactive teaching methodology. It includes small classes, individual attention from faculty, and real-time connection via telephone, on-line conferencing, and webinars.

Degree Requirements

This program can be completed in 5 -7 semesters with fully online and low residency options available. Students typically take 3-6 credits per term.

Take a look at the catalog for a full list of requirements and courses.

Not ready to commit to a full Master’s Degree program? Consider beginning with a certificate in Mindfulness for Educators.

Optional Summer Residencies

If you choose to come to a summer residency instead of doing your program fully online, you can expect one or two weeks of a retreat-like experience in beautiful Keene, NH. Small classes offer lots of hands-on activities, community-based learning opportunities, and a socially engaging week of meeting with your online classmates and AUNE  faculty. In most concentrations, you can choose whether to attend face-to-face classes for either one or two weeks in the summer, and you don’t have to decide in advance. You can consult with your adviser and see what fits your schedule and learning style best.

Dates for residencies

Summer Residency Courses are held the first two full weeks of July following the week of the Fourth of July holiday- typically the first and second or second and third weeks of the month. Depending on your program, you can attend for the first or second week or come for both weeks.

Career Outlook

For educators who want to be part of the mindfulness in education movement at a leadership level, this program offers a unique curriculum. Here you will find support and guidance to deepen your own mindfulness practice, develop an understanding of the history and contexts of mindfulness-based educational approaches and develop your own projects and applications while you study.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of secular and Buddhist definitions, frameworks, and practices of mindfulness.
  • Students will develop and/or deepen their own mindfulness practice.
  • Students will apply frameworks for mindfulness practice and the principles of mindful teaching to their own teaching and learning environments.
  • Students will reflect on their experiences with mindfulness practices in the classroom and use the cycle of inquiry to explore and refine the impact of these practices on their teaching and their students’ learning.

Admissions / Cost / Aid

Education Programs at Antioch University New England value colleagueship and strong learning communities. We offer a 10% discount for 3 or more students from the same school or school district who attend any of our AUNE Education MEd or Certificate programs at the same time. Specific limitations and conditions apply. You can find more information here. How to Apply

  1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions, and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
    1. email transcripts to [email protected], or
    2. mail to: Office of Admissions Antioch University New England 40 Avon Street Keene NH 04341-3516
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  4. There are additional requirements for International applicants.
  5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.

Official transcripts should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to: Office of Admissions Antioch University New England 40 Avon Street Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516 All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.

Application Deadlines

SummerMay 1
FallAugust 15
SpringDecember 1

Tuition & Financial Aid

A college education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public, and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants – are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.


Foundations of Education DegreeTuition Cost per CreditTotal Program Credits
MEd for Experienced Educators$81633
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