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 education women to be teachers since 1905, so we know what we’re doing.
St. Kate’s nationally recognized programs in education prepare you for teaching licensure in three areas: elementary K–6, secondary 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.
Unique to St. Kate's
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 STEM certificate. The five course minor is designed to give future educators the confidence needed to teach STEM in elementary classrooms. Three 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 their 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.
A focus on literacy
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.
Focus on Diversity and Social Justice
You begin to build an awareness of diversity by looking inward at you 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.
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.