Application Instructions For

education: earn a teaching license

Our graduate programs are open to women and men. Please review the program eligibility requirements and application instructions prior to starting the graduate application process.

eligibility and prerequisite requirements

Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Baccalaureate degree
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (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, official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required.

Prerequisite courses
Elementary license students must compete the following undergraduate courses prior to starting the graduate curriculum:

  • Human (Cultural) Geography
  • General Psychology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Secondary and K-12 students must complete the two psychology courses as well as discipline-specific courses. Contact the MAED admission counselor, Sylvia Alexander-Sedey, at 651-690-6243 or swalexander@stkate.edu for more information.


APPLICATION FORM
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.

DEADLINES
The MAED priority application deadlines are June 1 (Fall: Elementary) and December 1 (Spring: Secondary and K-12). Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.


PERSONAL STATEMENT
The mission of our MAED program is to prepare teachers who think critically and creatively; communicate effectively; exercise power appropriately; live a commitment to the values of justice and caring; take risks willingly; and evoke hope. This mission is evidenced by teacher candidates who demonstrate optimism, persistence, empathy and initiative during coursework and in fieldwork settings.

Prepare a personal essay* that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a graduate education program. Do not exceed two typed, double-spaced pages as you address the following:

Identify and reflect on your strengths and areas for growth relative to the teaching profession. Describe how both will influence your success in the field, including direct interaction with students, as well as managing responsibilities outside of the classroom. In addition, provide a specific plan to address the areas for growth.

*The personal statement is waived for applicants pursuing the Additional Licensure option.

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 graduateadmission@stkate.edu with “MAED Personal Statement” in the subject line.

RESUME
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 graduateadmission@stkate.edu with “MAED Résumé” in the subject line.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Two recommendations are required for MAED 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.

ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS
Official 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.

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 (graduateadmission@stkate.edu); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

GRE SCORES
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.

LICENSE
Applicants applying for the Certificate/Additional Licensure option must provide a copy of their current teaching license.

TOEFL / IELTS SCORES
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.

CREDENTIAL EVALUATION
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.

SUBMITTING MATERIALS
Electronic documents may be directed to:
graduateadmission@stkate.edu

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

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.

DEADLINES
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.

The U.S. government requires international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue forms necessary to obtain a visa. International applicants must submit a Certification of Finances form.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION
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.

SUBMITTING MATERIALS
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
Email: graduateadmission@stkate.edu
Telephone: 651.690.6933


begin online application

The online application form may be completed prior to submitting the required materials listed above.

questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

contact an admission counselor