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  • Minimum Credits
  • Estimated Tuition
  • Duration
    22 Months

Program Overview

Advance Your Career in Education

Enroll in the Master of Arts in Education program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and you'll learn from top-notch educators who have a wealth of classroom experience to share. Your learning journey can include one of three specializations- curriculum and instruction, mental health, or culturally responsive teaching. Choosing a specialty allows you to choose a path that most interests you!

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

While Saint Mary's M.A. in Education program is intended to provide teachers with in-depth knowledge in a particular area of specialty, all learners will be challenged through core courses centered around curriculum and instruction. You will discover new ways to integrate technology to enhance your teaching, make practical changes to your classroom instruction that align with current educational theory, and apply modern knowledge in child growth and development to improve your classroom instruction. The full M.A. in Education program, including your specialization, can be completed in 2 years.

Career Options

Graduates of this program work with learners in a variety of educational settings. Although most are K-12 classroom teachers, some teach within adult education programs, in early childhood settings, or in juvenile corrections and support programs that are classroom-based. This program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Routes to Completion

Option One: 33 credits
M.A. in Education with Curriculum and Instruction specialization (33 credits)

Option Two: 33 credits
M.A. in Education with Culturally Responsive Teaching specialization (33 credits)

Option Three: 33 credits
M.A. in Education with Mental Health specialization (33 credits)

Course Information

This program focuses on providing you with the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to become a lead teachers and leader in your classroom, school, and district. Examine educational theory and research to enhance your educational practices. Select a specialization area for deeper exploration of a content area (Math or English), culturally responsive teaching, or curriculum and instruction.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
  7. Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
  8. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
  9. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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Key Dates

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Start Date
Fall Semester Term 1
Spring Semester Term 2
Fall Semester Term 1

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $500 Per Credit


IDI fee:$100
Final Paper Presentation fee:$50
Graduation fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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