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  • Total Credits
  • Yearly Tuition
  • Duration
    4 Years

Program Overview

The educational studies major at Saint Mary's is a creative, unique partnership between the School of Education and the Sociology Department. This major prepares you to lead educational services in diverse and rapidly changing settings. You can choose between three concentrations: Adult Education Contexts; Child and Family Contexts; and Youth Development and Leadership. Study education theory and examine the processes involved in teaching and learning, emphasizing the social and cultural factors that impact education in and outside the classroom.

Child and Family Contexts Concentration

Gain exposure to various teaching and learning methods, while focusing on the larger contexts of schools, families, and society. Schools, families, and society interact in many ways that affect student learning and success. Receive extensive grounding in teaching methods for a wide range of academic subjects and will also gain insights into the important roles that families and societal conditions have on schools and learners.

Career Options

Students with an educational studies major typically find careers in the area of social and behavioral sciences, educational policy, or education law or policy. They may teach in settings not requiring state licensing (e.g., adult basic or adult ELL education, community education, environmental or outdoor education, Head Start, long-term volunteering, Montessori or Waldorf training, museum education, religious education, and youth leadership). An educational studies major also prepares students to complete graduate studies in education or related fields.

Taking Classes

This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.

Course Information

Providing opportunities for students to study education theory and examine the processes involved in teaching and learning with coursework on the study of social and cultural factors that affect education institutions and the ways education processes are used in other settings.

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

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. Official test scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
  4. An essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
  5. Letters of recommendation are optional.
  6. If you choose to upload a document, please make sure your file is either a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx), an RTF file, or a PDF file. Any other format (including Google Docs) will not load into your application.
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Key Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $37,650 Per Year


Activity fee:$170
Technology fee:$380
Laundry fee:$80

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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