MA and Certificates for Licensed Educators Eligibility and Prerequisites Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
Grade Point Average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be submitted that addresses any factors that influenced previous academic performance, and how the applicant plans to ensure future academic success. Additional information, such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, also may be required.
If you are unsure of your cumulative GPA, please use these instructions as a guide to help you determine if an explanatory statement is necessary.
How do I apply?
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
The application priority deadlines for the graduate degree and certificate programs for licensed educators are August 1 (fall), January 1 (spring) and May 1 (summer). Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Our MAED program for licensed teachers is for teachers who want to improve their craft and make a greater difference in the lives of their students. We want to support you as an emerging teacher leader and help you shape and refine your vision for leading and influencing change in your classroom and school. Leadership comes in many forms. You may lead in your classroom or in extracurricular activities with your students. You may lead your peers within your school or district as a mentor, coach or via your professional learning community, or you may lead in the profession through presentations, publications or participation in state and national associations.
What is your preferred pathway to becoming a teacher leader and your vision for enrolling in a graduate certificate or degree in education at St. Catherine University? Write an essay demonstrating your written communication skills and clarifying your purpose in pursuing a graduate education program. Do not exceed one typed, double-spaced page for each question. (PLEASE NOTE: The Leadership Scholarship is not available to those also seeking Speranza Funding.)
- If you hope to be considered for the Leadership Scholarship, speak to the attributes you bring to the program that demonstrate your leadership or that you hope to gain from the program to enable you to lead.
- If you teach in a Catholic setting and wish to be considered for the Speranza Fund for Teachers in Catholic Settings, address the following in your response: "St. Catherine integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic tradition, emphasizing intellectual inquiry and social teaching, and challenging students to transformational leadership. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine University develops ethical, reflective and socially responsible leaders, informed by the philosophy of the women’s college and the spirit of the founders."
If you have already submitted the MAED application form, you may upload your personal statement via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.
If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the MAED application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "MAED Personal Statement" in the subject line.
If you are applying for admission to the graduate certificate for STEM or Technology Integration, no résumé is required. If you are applying for admission into the Master of Arts in Education, submit a current, typed résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences.
If you have already submitted the MAED application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).
If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the MAED application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to email@example.com with "MAED Résumé" in the subject line.
Two recommendations are required for degree-seeking MAED applicants; no recommendations are required for certificate-seeking applicants.
MAED recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable.
A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the MAED application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (email@example.com); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.
Applicants who do not meet the academic performance requirement (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) may be asked to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. To have official scores submitted to St. Catherine University, applicants completing the GRE should use the institution code 6105.
Test scores are not required for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or who have completed a graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
It is strongly recommended, but not required, to hold a current teaching license. However, if you have one, please submit a copy.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES), as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.
Electronic documents may be directed to:
Paper documents may be mailed to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.
International Applicants Instructions
The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.
Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.
International Student Forms
International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the MAED application form
Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.
Please submit application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.
St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105