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Education: Initial Licensure

St. Kate's Undergraduate Education Programs

St. Catherine offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s of Arts in Education (MAED) degree to meet the needs of students who are seeking to earn a teaching license and enter the education profession. Our programs 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.

An education degree from St. Kate’s gets you noticed. Many principals tell us that they put our graduates’ resumes at the top of the pile when making hiring decisions. That’s not surprising — we’ve been educating women to be teachers since 1905, so we know what we’re doing.

St. Kate’s nationally recognized education programs prepare you for teaching licensure in three areas: elementary K-6secondary 5–12 and kindergarten through grade 12 in Minnesota and most other states. Preprimary and middle school endorsements can be added to a K–6 license.

What’s compelling about St. Kate’s?


St. Kate’s is home to The National Center for STEM Elementary Education and is a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.  We incorporate more fieldwork than many other teaching-preparation programs. We also offer the nation’s first  science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) minor. All elementary education majors at St. Kate’s are required to complete a three-course STEM certificate.  The five course minor is also available and is designed to give future educators the confidence needed to teach STEM in elementary classrooms.  STEM courses are team taught by science and education faculty to maximize student learning and STEM understanding.

School-based Field Experiences

In partnership with our K-12 schools, the fieldwork and student teaching experiences provide rich opportunities for you to collaborate with mentor teachers. During field experiences, teacher candidates practice theories learned in on-campus courses necessary to develop the skills, attitudes, and understanding to effectively address the learning needs of K-12.  The degree culminates with a semester-long student teaching experience at a clinical cluster site or cooperating schools in the metro area.

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.


We have several noted literacy researchers and experts among our faculty, and a literacy lab that partners with our clinical cluster sites (our partnership with K-12 schools) to deepen your skills. In addition to classroom experience, you may also participate in teaching related experiences like America Reads, which pairs St. Kate’s students with local organizations and schools such as the YWCA–St. Paul and Anishinabe Academy.

Diversity and Social Justice

You begin to build an awareness of diversity by looking inward at your own identity. You will write about how your experiences shape you and your interactions with others in your clinical settings. We also engage in “courageous conversations” (Singleton & Hays, 2008) to grapple with societal issues that affect teaching and learning that often have no definite resolution.

Personal Attention

Our education faculty are enthusiastic teachers, respected scholars and diligent researchers — who pride themselves on developing personal teaching relationships with each student. They are knowledgeable in many areas, including art, mathematics and the sciences, gifted education and multicultural education.

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