The Fables of Aesop is out now!

We've Partnered with Belmont Abbey College.

Announcing the Master of Arts in Classical and Liberal Education

Education Rooted in Pursuit of Truth

Accepting Applications for Fall 2024

Does the classical education renewal in K-12 education fill you with hope for future generations of youth? Do you feel called to be a teacher or leader? The Master of Arts in Classical and Liberal Education will provide formation for you to flourish as educators and administrators in classical K-12 school settings. 

Through study of classical pedagogy, the great books, the liberal arts, and the Christian intellectual tradition, you will examine life’s fundamental questions and explore how to practically apply these principles in forming students for the true, the good, and the beautiful in this secular world.

The CiRCE Pathway to Graduation

  • Complete coursework through the CiRCE Apprenticeship (12 credit hours) and 18 credit hours at Belmont Abbey College.
  • Required BAC Courses:
    • CLE 601: Trivium I – Grammar and Logic
    • CLE 602: Trivium II – Classical and Christian Rhetoric
    • CLE 603: Quadrivium
    • CLE 604: The Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy
    • CLE 605: Faith and Reason
    • CLE 606: Great Books on Education

By partnering with Belmont Abbey College, we at The CiRCE Institute look forward to our Apprenticeship graduates being able to further develop the arts of truth perception with a trusted faculty. We are working toward the same end, toward the purpose of Christian classical education, which is the cultivation of human excellence.” 

Andrea Lipinski, Apprenticeship Program Director

The CiRCE Apprenticeship

The CiRCE Institute’s Apprenticeship Program is an in-depth, personal teacher development community in which a Master Teacher mentors a small group of educators in classical rhetoric and classical modes of instruction. It’s founded on the idea that to feed students properly teachers must feed themselves. 

With mentorship and community at its core, it’s a program for teachers (from all walks of life) who want to drink deeply from the wisdom of the ages, engage in inspiring conversation with like-minded friends, and push hard towards Truth, Wisdom, and Virtue. .

“The CiRCE Apprenticeship has been a deeply formative experience . . . I have grown in my ability as a teacher and am learning how to truly love my students. The Apprenticeship is intense and challenging, but worth every moment. The fellowship of being in a group of people who share a common desire to love the true, good, and beautiful is unlike anything else I have ever experienced.”

Jill C.

“Just say yes. This program changed my life. When I entered the apprenticeship I had never read a classic, I did not understand the connection between form and freedom, and I had a lot of growing to do as a teacher. Because of this program, not only did I grow and learn in all of those areas, but I also became a better human, a better friend, a better neighbor. Please check this out. You will not regret it.”

Jennifer D.

“I had no idea what to expect upon joining the Apprenticeship. What I can tell you after three years is that I think differently. I see differently. And I would like to think I’m speaking differently.

While prayerfully seeking to be transformed by the renewal of my mind, I feel less conformed to the world, and more attuned to God’s will and His goodness, truth, and beauty all around. For brevity sake: the Apprenticeship makes me see less dimly.”

Nancy D.

Mentorship Matters.

“The supreme task of education is the cultivation of the human spirit to teach the young to know what is good, to serve it above self, and to reproduce it.” – David Hicks

The mentor/apprentice relationship–and the community that springs out of it–is the very heart of the program. Each of our seven groups is kept small so that mentors and apprentices can truly know each other. The mentors guide the apprentices by providing assessment that blesses them, accountability that strengthens them, and regular discussions that nurture them. The environment is welcoming and safe, the community develops over shared meals and stories, the pedagogy is founded on Christian classical education forms, and the assessment is for the apprentice to flourish. These are the things that set this teacher training program apart.