Graduate College | School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Education: Teacher Licensure

St. Catherine’s initial teacher licensure programs are designed for women and men making the transition into a teaching career. Graduates of the Master's Degree in Education offered on our St. Paul campus become role models for the next generation, ensuring that all children have equal opportunity for advancement and the capacity to thrive in a culturally diverse world. With a teaching license and master's degree in education from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, you’ll inspire your students to reach their full potential—while instilling in them a solid foundation for social justice, global outreach and good community citizenship.

Program Details

  • Format: Evening and weekend classes
  • Location: St. Paul campus
  • Credits: 35–69 (depending on license)
  • Completion time: 1–2.5 years (depending on license)

What can I do with a Master's Degree in Education?

With their passion for making a difference and their rigorous preparation, St. Catherine teachers are in demand. Through the graduate course work and student teaching experiences that connect you to schools, principals and teachers around the region, you’ll meet the requirements for an Elementary (Grades K-6), Secondary (Grades 5-12) or K-12 Minnesota teaching license. Currently licensed teachers may choose to add a teaching endorsement (Pre-Primary, Kindergarten or Middle School).

How will I study?

The number of credits and completion time for St. Kate's Master's Degree in Education: Initial Licensure program varies depending on the license you pursue. Courses meet on our St. Paul campus in an evening/weekend schedule, and combine online and face-to-face instruction in a hybrid learning format. Student teaching experiences are completed during the weekdays.

Your program of study will include focused preparation in literacy, integration of technology into the classroom, and an emphasis on the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the systemic practices, policies and ways of thinking that impact student success. You'll emerge better prepared to understand how social contexts shape student learning, and ready to promote social justice in the classroom.

St. Catherine has long-standing partnerships with schools in suburban and urban areas to provide valuable fieldwork and student-teaching experiences for our students. You’ll be collaborating with professional educators in the classroom throughout your course of study.

Why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

The MAED: Initial License program is offered within the Graduate College through the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019-20 academic year, the tuition rate for the MAED: Initial License program is $690 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, books, etc.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Another potential source of funding is tuition benefits from current employers.

Scholarship Opportunities

St. Catherine offers scholarship support for new students entering the MAED: Initial License program. Apply to start in F’19 or Sp’20 to be considered for up to $5,000 in scholarship funding:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Alumni
  • Diversity
  • Teacher Leadership

Scholarship funding is limited – priority consideration is given to individuals who complete the application process by the Fall/Spring application deadlines.

In addition, St. Catherine's MAED students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

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MAED: Initial Licensure Degree Requirements

MAED: Initial Licensure Degree Requirements

The MAED: Initial Licensure degree includes core courses, electives and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The MAED: Initial Licensure program has specific prerequisite and admission requirements.



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