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Skilled, Compassionate Professionals

The Graduate School of Education provides educational experiences aimed at transforming practice, cultivating leadership, and promoting social responsibility. 

Our programs integrate research, real world contexts, and innovation to develop educational leaders and reflective practitioners.

The Saint Mary's Experience

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota’s graduate programs offer a convenient, affordable, education taught by experts in the field. No matter where you are in your career, a Saint Mary’s education empowers you in a supportive community to set goals and work toward ones you never even imagined.

Program Offerings By Interest

Choosing graduate-level programming and coursework depends largely on where you are in your career. Whether you want to switch career tracks after undergrad and become a teacher, maintain your licensure, obtain a certification for a pay grade raise, or become an administrator, see the groupings below for programs applicable to your situation.

The following programs may fit your situation. If you have any questions about choosing a program, please contact our admission staff.

The following programs may fit your situation. If you have any questions about choosing a program, please contact our admission staff.

The following programs may fit your situation. If you have any questions about choosing a program, please contact our admission staff.

Fighting sexual harassment

The list of high-profile men — in media, in sports, in entertainment, and in politics — who are being fired due to inappropriate sexual behavior continues to grow longer. Susan Strauss D’07, for one, isn’t surprised. “I guess what surprises me is that finally it’s all erupting; there are women coming forward to proclaim what they’ve experienced for years, but they had never felt safe in coming forward before,” she said. “But does it surprise me that these men are guilty of it? No, not in the least.” Although the “#Me Too” movement is empowering women to come forward, Dr. Strauss — a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant, investigator, and an expert witness for harassment and bullying lawsuits — said the focus needs to be on how we create a culture where women are respected and no longer subjected to this harassment. And she believes it begins with the education system. Read more ›

Alumna Dr. Deb Henton named Superintendent of the Year

There’s no question what inspires Deb Henton M’95, C’96, D’99, superintendent of North Branch Area Public Schools. Actually, there are approximately 3,000 inspirations. Her students. “Whenever I can raise student achievement, that’s No. 1,” Dr. Henton said. “That’s why I come to work every day. I want to create an environment where kids have the best opportunities possible to achieve their dreams." It’s because of this commitment, passion, and “outstanding leadership and innovative spirit” that the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) recently named Dr. Henton as the 2018 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Read more ›

Researching how students perceive classroom engagement [video]

Stacey Purvis-Buchwald can’t wait to share the results of her dissertation research. The former counselor and social worker, current assistant principal, and Ed.D. candidate at Saint Mary’s University was interested to see how students perceive their classroom engagements—within the categories of behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and agentic engagement. Using photo-elicitation, she compared student responses from a […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s offers graduate credits for concurrent enrollment instructors

University is only Minnesota school to tie 18 graduate-level content credits in English to master’s degree MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Beginning May 2017, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will offer 18 credits of graduate-level coursework in English in a convenient online format. This coursework will satisfy requirements set forth by the Higher Learning Commission for those […] Read more ›

Education summit empowers missing voices

It was a time to speak, and a time to listen. In a world of ever-increasing intolerance, violence, and injustice, it was also a time for healing and inclusivity. More than 300 youth, families, educators, and community leaders joined together for the fourth annual Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit […] Read more ›

Program Locations

The Graduate School of Education programs are offered at our Twin Cities, Apple Valley, Oakdale, Winona, and Rochester locations, cohorts throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, and online.

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Learn more about the convenient doctoral and master’s programs that Saint Mary’s offers to help advance you in your career.