Education programs at St. Catherine University integrate practical courses with an emphasis on fieldwork. They focus on educating teacher leaders, whether they are just entering the field or returning to higher education for graduate study. Programs include:
Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2)
St. Catherine University is a member of the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative » TC2 is a progressive effort initiated in 2009 to establish a new paradigm for teaching and learning in order to improve teacher effectiveness as a means to close the achievement gap.
As part of the collaborative, TC2 has launched a blog to support new teachers.
Bachelor’s degree programs
St. Kate’s future teachers are in school settings early and often — long before a formal student-teaching experience in their senior year. An emphasis on fieldwork serves our students well, preparing them for the realities of the classroom. The School’s clinical cluster site (CCS) model takes advantage of collaboration and expertise from both suburban and urban elementary schools and St. Catherine University.
Elementary education majors spend two, six-week rotations assigned to one of St. Kate’s CCS partner schools. A literacy sequence focuses on teaching reading and writing. The second concentration, our EcoSTARs (Students, Teachers and Real Science) program, highlights interactive science activities with both St. Kate’s students and cooperating teachers strengthening their STEM teaching skills. When it’s time for student teaching, St. Kate’s students are familiar with and comfortable in classrooms and they perform at high levels from day one.
St. Kate’s prepares undergraduate students for teaching licensure in the following areas:
- Elementary K-6
with possible endorsement options
- Preprimary (age 3 to age 5)
- Middle level (grades 5 through 8)
- Kindergarten through grade 12
- Second-major teaching certificate
Master’s degree programs
St. Catherine offers Master's of Arts in Education (MAED) degrees to meet the needs of graduate students who are seeking to earn a teaching license and enter the education profession, or of licensed teachers seeking to advance their skill. They are:
- Curriculum and Instruction: An online program for licensed teachers who are seeking to advance their careers and improve their teaching and curriculum development skills.
- Technology Integration: For educators and school library media staff who are seeking to integrate new technologies into the student learning experience.
- Initial Licensure: Entry-level studies for those with a bachelor’s degree, in any discipline, who are seeking to earn an elementary or secondary teaching credential. The program also serves teachers seeking to add additional endorsements to their current licenses.
Our master’s degree programs, open to both women and men, are based on action research. Using this model, classroom teachers identify a problem in their classrooms and then conduct evidenced-based research to solve it. The program focuses strongly on assessment strategies to improve the teaching-learning cycle and drives results that are relevant and applicable to our students’ immediate classroom settings. In the initial licensure program, action research is conducted during a fieldwork experience.
The advanced-level MAED program takes advantage of distance learning so teachers in the field can balance graduate study with their teaching responsibilities. The entry-level MAED program meets in a weekend format throughout the academic year over a three-year period.
Through St. Catherine University Advanced Montessori Programs, Montessori educators from around the world become leaders in their profession. Through St. Kate's distance learning and summer-intensive graduate degree and certificate programs, as well as continuing education options, Montessori educators are advancing their careers and improving teaching and learning:
- AM2: Master's (MAED) — In this program for certified Montessori educators seeking to complete master's degrees, students start with a two- or three-day, face-to-face learning experience followed by nine months of online learning.
- Montessori STEM Certificate — Through summer-intensive and online learning, M-STEM students learn to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning within an authentic Montessori curriculum.