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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to providing clear and transparent information to prospective and current students regarding its programs and professional licensure.

Questions about Saint Mary’s programs and professional licensure? Contact the program director or faculty chair noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu.

Disclosures

Professional licensing standards, and the fields and occupations regulated by state licensing agencies, vary widely from state to state. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is required by federal law to disclose to prospective and current students its determination of whether certain programs meet educational requirements for licensure in a state. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is also required to issue professional licensure disclosures for its distance education programs in compliance as a participating member in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).

  • Students are reminded that state requirements are frequently subject to change and they are responsible for contacting the appropriate agency or board to confirm requirements and ensure program compatibility prior to beginning any course of study. Only licensing agencies or boards can determine whether a student’s program of study has met requirements. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of any professional licensure or certification, in any field, in any jurisdiction.

  • Completing an academic program is typically only one aspect of meeting professional licensure requirements. Many states require that individuals meet additional requirements in order to qualify for licensure, including but not limited to additional coursework and training, supervised clinical experiences, and successful passage of state or national exams. Other licensure requirements may include background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc. State laws, regulations, and policies governing professional licensure may change at any time.

  • For some professional fields, states have established structures to allow for “licensure portability”. This refers to the ability of an individual to acquire a license in one state and transfer that license to another state or U.S. jurisdiction. This is also sometimes referred to as “licensure reciprocity”. Some of Saint Mary’s programs, such as its teacher licensure programs, are designed specifically to help students meet educational requirements to qualify to apply for licensure in Minnesota. While these programs are open to all students, including those who may intend to seek employment outside of Minnesota, students are reminded that is their responsibility to check with their state licensing agency to determine all rules and regulations regarding licensure transfers or reciprocity. Students should also remember that moving to another state during the course of their program could impact their ability to meet licensing requirements. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee attainment of licensure in any jurisdiction.

Programs and Licenses

Information is provided below regarding Saint Mary’s academic programs and professional licensure or certification. This information is reviewed and updated annually and was last revised February 1, 2023. While Saint Mary’s University strives to ensure that the information contained herein is current and accurate, state requirements are subject to change and students are responsible for confirming requirements prior to enrolling in any Saint Mary’s program. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of any professional licensure or certification, in any field, in any jurisdiction.

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    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s undergraduate and graduate Accounting programs are designed to be used by students to work toward educational requirements to sit for the nationally-recognized Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and toward the 150 credit hours required to meet educational requirements for CPA licensure eligibility in most U.S. jurisdictions. The Uniform CPA Exam is required by all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Palau, and the Virgin Islands for anyone wishing to become a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.

     

    Depending on their educational history, students in any of Saint Mary’s accounting programs may need to complete additional coursework to fully meet educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam and/or to fulfill educational requirements for CPA licensure in their jurisdiction. Saint Mary’s offers additional coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels to assist students in fulfilling the necessary credits required to sit for the CPA exam and to become eligible for CPA licensure. All jurisdictions carry additional licensure requirements, including but not limited to residency, minimum age, supervised work experience, and ethics training requirements. Students must consult with their jurisdiction’s accounting board to verify eligibility for CPA testing and licensure. 

     

    Saint Mary’s Accounting programs are also designed to provide content knowledge to prepare students for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. CMA designation is an industry-recognized professional certification, not a government-issued license. It is not required by law to have CMA certification in order to work as an accountant, although some employers may require this industry credential. 

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its accounting programs and educational requirements for CPA licensure:

     

    Minnesota:  Saint Mary’s has determined its undergraduate and graduate programs in Accounting do not, on their own, fully meet educational requirements for CPA licensure in Minnesota. Applicants for MN CPA licensure must possess 150 semester hours of coursework and demonstrate completion of specific accounting and business-related coursework. Depending on their educational history, students in these programs may need to complete additional coursework in order to fully meet educational requirements for Minnesota CPA licensure.

     

    CPA Exam: Saint Mary’s undergraduate programs in Accounting meet minimum credit hour requirements (120 credits) and provide students with the business and upper-level accounting coursework required to sit for the CPA exam in Minnesota. 

     

    Saint Mary’s 30-credit graduate program in Accounting provides students with intermediate or advanced level accounting courses required to sit for the CPA exam in Minnesota and to apply toward the credits needed to sit for the exam and to meet educational requirements for licensure. Depending on their educational history, students in this program may need to complete additional coursework in order to meet minimum requirements. 

     

    Saint Mary’s offers additional coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels to assist students in fulfilling the necessary credits required to sit for the CPA exam and to become eligible for CPA licensure in Minnesota. 

     

    Other Jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY, Republic of Palau):  Saint Mary’s has determined its undergraduate and graduate programs in Accounting do not, on their own, fully meet educational requirements for CPA licensure in these jurisdictions. Applicants for CPA licensure in these jurisdictions must possess 150 semester hours of coursework and demonstrate completion of specific accounting and business-related coursework to meet educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions. Disciplinary content requirements vary by jurisdiction. Saint Mary’s offers additional coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels to assist students in fulfilling the necessary credits required for eligibility for CPA licensure.

     

    Other Jurisdictions (Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its undergraduate and graduate programs in Accounting meet educational requirements for CPA licensure in these jurisdictions.  

     

    While Saint Mary’s undergraduate and graduate Accounting programs may be used to earn credits toward those required for testing and licensure eligibility in any jurisdiction, depending on their educational history students may need to complete additional coursework to fully meet requirements. Saint Mary’s offers additional coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels to assist students in fulfilling the necessary credits required to sit for the CPA exam and to become eligible for CPA licensure in these jurisdictions. 

     

    CPA Exam Requirements: Depending on their educational history, students may need to complete additional coursework to meet educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam in their jurisdiction.

     

    AL, AK, AS, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, VA, VI, WV, WI, WY:  These jurisdictions require that applicants possess 120 semester hours of education to apply for and sit for the CPA Exam. Saint Mary’s undergraduate programs in Accounting provide the minimum number of credits (120 credits) required to sit for the CPA exam in these jurisdictions, while Saint Mary’s 30 credit graduate program in Accounting may be used to earn credits toward those required to sit for the CPA exam in these jurisdictions. 

    IL, KS, NE, NC, ND, Northern Mariana Islands, OK, OR, PA, Puerto Rico, SD, WA, TX: These jurisdictions require that applicants possess 150 semester hours to sit for the CPA Exam. Some jurisdictions may allow applicants to take the exam with fewer than 150 hours at the time of the examination, but require that the credit hours be obtained within a certain time frame following the exam. Students in Saint Mary’s accounting programs seeking to sit for the CPA exam in these jurisdictions will need to complete additional coursework to ensure eligibility.

    Questions about licensure? 

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change. Additional information about CPA certification may also be found through organizations such as the National Association of State Boards of Accounting or the American Institute of CPAs.

    For questions about any of Saint Mary’s accounting programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the program director or faculty chair noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

    B.A. in Accounting
    Derek Jackson, M.B.A.
    Associate Professor
    (507) 457-1490
    dpjackso@smumn.edu

    B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Accounting
    Alisa DiSalvo, M.B.A., M.A.
    Associate Professor
    (507) 457-6619
    adisalvo@smumn.edu

  • Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate

     

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies is designed to prepare students to recognize and treat individuals with chemical and co-occurring concerns. The program is designed to meet educational requirements for Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor (LADC) as established by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

     

    Saint Mary’s also offers a dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies, designed to prepare students to work in the field of mental health counseling as well as alcohol and drug treatment. This program is designed to meet educational requirements for LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure as established by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies and dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies programs and educational requirements for counselor licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies and dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota:

    • Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies  – LADC licensure
    • Dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies – LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure

     

    Saint Mary’s is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Graduation from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized body is required to meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota.

     

    The MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy does not approve individual counseling or alcohol and drug programs as meeting educational requirements for licensure.

     

    Other Jurisdictions (IN, VA): Saint Mary’s has determined its Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meets educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions:

    • Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies  – Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) licensure, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) licensure

     

    Other Jurisdictions (CO, CT, HI, KS, KY, LA, MD, MT NV, NH, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OK, RI, SC, SD, VI, VT, WY): Saint Mary’s has determined its Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies does not meet educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions:

    • Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies  – LADC licensure, LAC licensure, Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor (LSAC) licensure

     

    Other Jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, ID, IL, IA, ME, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NM, NY, MP, OR, PA, PR, RI, TN, TX, UT, WA, WV, WI,): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meets educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions:

    • Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies  – LADC licensure

     

    Other Jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meets educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions:

    • Dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies – LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure

     

    Questions about licensure? 

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about counseling licensure may also be found through organizations such as the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

     

    For questions about Saint Mary’s addiction studies programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the program director noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

    Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate
    John Jankord, MA, LMFT, LADC, LPCC
    Program Director, Assistant Professor
    (612) 728-5243
    jjankord@smumn.edu

  • Counseling and Psychological Services, M.A.

     

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services is designed to prepare students for professional work in counseling, psychotherapy, and other psychological services. The program is designed to meet educational requirements for initial Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure as established by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Please note that a total of 60 graduate level credits is required by the end of the first four years of licensure. These additional 12 graduate-level credits can be taken at Saint Mary’s pre- or post-degree.

     

    Saint Mary’s also offers a dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies, designed to prepare students to work in the field of mental health counseling as well as alcohol and drug treatment. This program is designed to meet educational requirements for LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure as established by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies programs and educational requirements for counselor licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined that its M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota:

    • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services – LPC licensure
    • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services – LPCC licensure
    • Dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies – LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure

     

    Saint Mary’s is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Graduation from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized body is required to meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota.

     

    The MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy does not approve individual counseling programs as meeting educational requirements for licensure.

     

    Other Jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies meet educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions:

    • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services – LPC licensure
    • M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services – LPCC licensure
    • Dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies – LADC, LPC, and LPCC licensure

     

    Questions about licensure? 

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about counseling licensure may also be found through organizations such as the American Counseling Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

     

    For questions about Saint Mary’s counseling programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the program directors noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

    M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services – Rochester and Online programs
    Robin Wisniewski, Psy.D., L.P.
    Program Director, Associate Professor
    (507) 457-8607
    rwisniew@smumn.edu

    M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services – Minneapolis program
    Lindsey Teigland, Ph.D., L.P.
    Program Director, Assistant Professor
    (612) 728-5113
    lteiglan@smumn.edu

    Dual program in the M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate
    John Jankord, MA, LMFT, LADC, LPCC
    Program Director, Assistant Professor
    (612) 728-5243
    jjankord@smumn.edu

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    Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Bachelor of Science completion program in Criminal Justice Leadership is not designed or intended to meet educational requirements for law enforcement licensure in any jurisdiction. This program is designed to prepare students to work and advance within criminal justice arenas, such as law enforcement, public safety, private security, corrections, probation, the courts, policy development, etc.  

     

    Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

    Saint Mary’s offers a Criminal Justice major, with tracks in Corrections and Law Enforcement. The Corrections track is not designed or intended to meet educational requirements for law enforcement licensure in any jurisdiction. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in juvenile or adult corrections and associated fields within various correctional settings.

     

    The Law Enforcement track is designed to prepare students to seek careers in local, state, or federal law enforcement such as city policing, state highway patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other related professions. This program is certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST), as a Provider of Peace Officer Education program. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the MN Peace Officer Standards and Training Licensure Exam and, upon successful passage of the exam, obtain POST licensure in Minnesota.

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement track and educational requirements for law enforcement licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement track meets educational requirements for licensure as a Peace Officer in Minnesota. This program is certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) as a Provider of Peace Officer Education program. Additional requirements of the state and/or municipalities within the state may include but are not limited to specialized training programs, field experiences, and background checks.

     

    Other Jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has determined its Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement track does not meet educational requirements for law enforcement licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota. While this major is designed to provide students interested in law enforcement careers an academic foundation and initial training to pursue peace officer licensure or certification, every jurisdiction requires applicants to complete state-approved training and education to be eligible for licensure. Additional requirements of other jurisdictions and/or municipalities within jurisdictions may include but are not limited to specialized training programs, field experiences, and background checks. Students are responsible for checking with their jurisdiction’s licensing boards to confirm eligibility.

     

    Questions about licensure? 

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change. 

     

    For questions about Saint Mary’s B.A. in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement track and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact the faculty chair noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

     

    Tricia Klosky, Ph.D.
    Criminal Justice Coordinator, Associate Professor
    (507) 457-6677
    tklosky@smumn.edu

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    Saint Mary’s Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration program is designed for post-master’s students to develop school administrative leadership and management skills and research techniques. This program incorporates the coursework from the three Minnesota educational administration preparation certificate programs above.

     

    Saint Mary’s Educational Administration – Director of Special Education Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare students to seek licensure as a director of special education in Minnesota.

     

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Educational Administration – K-12 Principal Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare students to seek principal licensure in Minnesota.

     

    Saint Mary’s Educational Administration – Superintendent Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare post-master’s students to seek the K-12 Superintendent license in Minnesota.

     

    Saint Mary’s M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for Wisconsin Students is offered in partnership with eduCATE-WI to allow Wisconsin residents to apply licensure pathway credits toward a master’s degree. EduCATE-WI is a private, nonprofit organization that offers coursework for alternate pathways to teacher and administrative licensure in Wisconsin. Licensure pathways of eduCATE-WI are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Completion of Saint Mary’s M.A. in Education program, in conjunction with the licensure coursework provided by eduCATE-WI, allows students to meet educational requirements for Principal, Director of Instruction, School Business Administrator, and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services licensure in the state of Wisconsin. 

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its educational administration program, graduate certificates, and master’s program and educational requirements for licensure:

     

    Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – Director of Special Education

    Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – Superintendent

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its Director of Special Education and Superintendent programs, whether taken as graduate certificates or as part of the Ed.S. in Educational Administration program, meet educational requirements for educational administration licensure in Minnesota. These programs are authorized by the Board of School Administrators (BOSA) of the Minnesota Department of Education.

     

    Other jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its Director of Special Education and Superintendent programs, whether taken as graduate certificates or as part of the Ed.S. in Educational Administration program, meet educational requirements for educational administration licensure in jurisdictions outside of Minnesota. Typically, students trained in out-of-state educational administration programs are expected to obtain or demonstrate eligibility for licensure in the jurisdiction of the educational program (Minnesota) before seeking educational administration licensure in another jurisdiction.

     

    Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – K-12 Principal

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its K-12 Principal program, whether taken as a graduate certificate or as part of the Ed.S. in Educational Administration program, meets educational requirements for educational administration licensure in Minnesota. These programs are authorized by the Board of School Administrators (BOSA) of the Minnesota Department of Education.

     

    Other jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NV, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has determined its K-12 Principal program, whether taken as a graduate certificate or as part of the Ed.S. in Educational Administration program, meets educational requirements for educational administration licensure in these jurisdictions. In most jurisdictions, students are required to hold a Minnesota principal license before getting licensed in another jurisdiction. In other jurisdictions, students trained in out-of-state educational administration programs are expected to obtain or demonstrate eligibility for licensure in the jurisdiction of the educational program (Minnesota) before seeking educational administration licensure in another jurisdiction. 

     

    Other jurisdictions (AS, CT, ID, IA, ME, NE, NH, NJ, NM, VA, VI, WI, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its K-12 Principal program, whether taken as a graduate certificate or as part of the Ed.S. in Educational Administration program, meets educational requirements for educational administration licensure in these jurisdictions. Typically, students trained in out-of-state educational administration programs are expected to obtain or demonstrate eligibility for licensure in the jurisdiction of the educational program (Minnesota) before seeking educational administration licensure in another jurisdiction. 

     

    M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for Wisconsin Students

    Wisconsin: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has determined that its M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for WI Students, when taken in conjunction with the courses offered by Saint Mary’s eduCATE-WI partner, meets educational requirements for Principal, Director of Instruction, School Business Administrator, and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

     

    Other jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WY): Saint Mary’s has determined that its M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for WI Students, does not meet educational requirements for K-12 administrative licensure in any other jurisdiction.

     

    Questions about licensure? 

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change. Additional information about K-12 administration certification may also be found through organizations such as the National Association of State Boards of Education and Teach.org.

     

    For questions about Saint Mary’s educational administration program, graduate certificates, or master’s program and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the program directors noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

     

    Ed.S. In Educational Administration
    Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – K-12 Principal
    Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – Superintendent
    Graduate Certificate in Educational Administration – Director of Special Education
    Craig Sundberg, M.A.
    Licensing Director, Instructor
    (612) 728-5143
    csundber@smumn.edu

    Marcia Nelson, Ed.D.
    Program Director
    (612) 728-5205
    mnelson@smumn.edu

    M.A. in Education – Custom Specialization for Wisconsin Students
    Craig Jensen, M.S.
    Program Director, Instructor
    (612) 728-5157
    cjensen@smumn.edu

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    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education is designed to prepare students to seek elementary teaching licensure in the state of Minnesota. In addition to an elementary license, students may choose to complete an endorsement in Communication Arts and Literature for 5-8, Mathematics for 5-8, Social Studies for 5-8, General Science for 5-8, or World Language and Culture: Spanish for K-8.

     

    Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education is designed to prepare students to seek secondary teaching licensure in the state of Minnesota. Students will double major in secondary education and one of seven majors: Chemistry, Biology/Life Science, English, Math Music, History/Social Studies or Spanish.  Students will be prepared to seek licensure in grades 5–12 in an academic discipline, in grades K–12 in music (instrumental and vocal – see below), or world languages.

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its Elementary Education and Secondary Education programs and educational requirements for teacher licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its undergraduate elementary and secondary education majors meet educational requirements for teacher licensure in Minnesota.  These programs are approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) of the Minnesota Department of Education. 

     

    Other Jurisdictions (IL, IA, ND, SD, WI): Saint Mary’s has determined its elementary and secondary education majors meet educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions. Prospective students should be aware that Saint Mary’s elementary and secondary education programs are designed to prepare them to seek Minnesota licensure, which may be eligible for transfer to another jurisdiction. However, requirements for teaching licensure change frequently and students should always verify requirements prior to enrolling in these programs. Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee the successful transfer of a MN teaching license to other jurisdictions.

     

    Other jurisdictions – Have not made a determination (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its elementary and  secondary education programs meet educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions. Prospective students should be aware that Saint Mary’s elementary and secondary education programs are designed to prepare them to seek Minnesota licensure, which may be eligible for transfer to another jurisdiction via reciprocity. However, requirements for teaching licensure change frequently and students should always verify requirements prior to enrolling in these programs. Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee the successful transfer of a MN teaching license to other jurisdictions.

     

    Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in English as a Second Language program is designed to prepare students for K-12 ESL teacher licensure in Minnesota. Program options are available for currently licensed teachers seeking Minnesota English as a Second Language as an additional licensure, and for students without teaching credentials to prepare for initial teacher license while also preparing for Minnesota English as a Second Language licensure.

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its English as a Second Language program and educational requirements for teacher licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its M.A. in English as a Second Language program meets educational requirements for K-12 ESL teacher licensure in Minnesota. This program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board of the Minnesota Department of Education.

     

    Other jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its M.A. in English as a Second Language program will meet educational requirements for licensure in jurisdictions outside of Minnesota. Prospective students should be aware that Saint Mary’s elementary and secondary education programs are designed to prepare them to seek Minnesota licensure, which may be eligible for transfer to another jurisdiction via reciprocity. However, requirements for teaching licensure change frequently and students should always verify requirements prior to enrolling in these programs. Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee the successful transfer of a MN teaching license to other jurisdictions.

     

    Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in Special Education program is no longer accepting students. This program includes program pathways designed to prepare students for Special Education licensure in Minnesota. Program options are available for currently licensed teachers seeking additional licensure and for students seeking initial teacher license. Licensure areas offered include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Behavior Disorders, and Learning Disabilities.

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its M.A. in Special Education program and educational requirements for teacher licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its M.A. in Special Education program meets educational requirements for teacher licensure in Minnesota. This program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board of the Minnesota Department of Education.

     

    Other jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY)Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its M.A. in Special Education program meets educational requirements for teacher licensure in other jurisdictions. This program is not designed or intended to prepare students to seek teacher licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota.

     

    Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to prepare students who have completed a bachelor’s degree to seek a teaching license. Students are asked to demonstrate preparation in a specialty, or content area, which is determined by undergraduate coursework. Specialty areas include Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science (Life, Physical, Chemistry), Music (Vocal, Instrumental), Visual Arts or World Languages and Cultures (Spanish).

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its M.A in Teaching program and educational requirements for teacher licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its M.A. in Teaching program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) of the Minnesota Department of Education and meets educational requirements for Elementary Education (K–6) with a Middle School (5–8) Endorsement; Secondary Education (5–12); and Specialty Subject Areas (K–12) licensure in Minnesota.

     

    Other jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its M.A. in Teaching program will meet educational requirements for licensure in jurisdictions outside of Minnesota. Prospective students should be aware that Saint Mary’s elementary and secondary education programs are designed to prepare them to seek Minnesota licensure, which may be eligible for transfer to another jurisdiction via reciprocity. However, requirements for teaching licensure change frequently and students should always verify requirements prior to enrolling in these programs. Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee the successful transfer of a MN teaching license to other jurisdictions.

     

    Saint Mary’s Graduate Certificate in K-12 Reading Teacher program is a 17-credit graduate certificate designed to prepare licensed educators for a K-12 Reading license in Minnesota or a 316 Reading Teacher license in Wisconsin.The university is not accepting applications for this program at this time.

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its K-12 Reading program and educational requirements for teacher licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its K-12 Reading Teacher program meets educational requirements for K-12 Reading licensure in Minnesota upon the successful completion of coursework and passing scores on Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) Reading Subtests. This program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board of the Minnesota Department of Education.

     

    Wisconsin: Saint Mary’s has determined its K-12 Reading Teacher program meets educational requirements for 316 Reading Teacher licensure in Wisconsin upon the successful completion of coursework and passing scores on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading test.

     

    Other jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its K-12 Reading Teacher program meets educational requirements for reading teacher licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota or Wisconsin.

     

    Questions about licensure?

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study.  Check requirements regularly as they may change. Additional information about K-12 teaching certification may also be found through organizations such as the National Association of State Boards of Education and Teach.org.

     

    For questions about any of Saint Mary’s K-12 teaching programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the program directors or department chair noted below, or email
    licensure@smumn.edu

     

    B.A. in Elementary Education and B.A. in Secondary Education
    Scott Sorvaag, Ed.D.
    Department Chair, Undergraduate Education, Professor
    (507) 457-6612
    ssorvaag@smumn.edu

    M.A. in English as a Second Language
    Kasim Shahzad
    Program Director
    kshahzad@smumn.edu

    M.A. in Special Education
    Kate Nelson
    Program Director, Assistant Professor
    (608) 618-5979
    klnelson@smumn.edu

    M.A. in Teaching
    Katie Hubbard, M.A.
    Program Director, Instructor
    (507) 457-8731
    khubbard@smumn.edu

  • Healthcare Administration, M.A.

     

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s M.A. in Healthcare Administration program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare or human service settings.  

     

    Effective August 1, 2022, this program is not designed or intended to meet educational requirements for long term care or nursing home administrator licensure in any jurisdiction.  

     

    Previously, this program included a pathway for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in Minnesota, and was accredited by the Minnesota Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Support (MN BELTSS) as meeting education requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in Minnesota only. The BELTSS accreditation is expiring and Saint Mary’s will not be seeking re-accreditation. The program is no longer accepting students in the Minnesota licensure pathway.

     

    For questions about any of Saint Mary’s M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact:

    Amy Heinz, O.T.D.
    Program Director, Associate Professor
    (612) 238-4549
    aheinz@smumn.edu

  • Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A.

     

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program prepares graduates for professional work in human services. This program is designed to meet educational requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) licensure as established by the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.

     

    The Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saint Mary’s is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). 

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its Marriage and Family Therapy program and educational requirements for therapist licensure:

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program meets educational requirements for LMFT licensure in Minnesota. The MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy states that COAMFTE-accredited programs meet educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota. Candidates must also pass national and state examinations and complete a post-graduate supervised experience in the practice of MFT under the supervision of a Board-approved LMFT supervisor. 

     

    Other jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program meets educational requirements for LMFT licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota. While graduation from a COAMFTE-accredited program may assist with licensure eligibility in some jurisdictions, requirements vary widely and students should check with the appropriate licensing agency in their jurisdiction to determine licensure requirements. 

     

    Questions about licensure?

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about marriage and family therapy licensure may also be found through organizations such as the Association of Marital & Family Therapy Regulatory Boards and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

     

    For questions about Saint Mary’s M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact the program director noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

     

    Samantha Zaid, Ph.D., LMFT
    Program Director, Professor
    (612) 728-5140
    szaid@smumn.edu

     

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    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure)

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing is intended to prepare students to take the NCLEX to become Registered Nurses committed to social justice, lifelong learning, personal development, and ethical practice to promote health and meet the evolving healthcare needs of an increasingly diverse society. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.”

     

    Important Notes about RN licensure:

    • First time RN licensing is referred to as licensure by examination. Every jurisdiction requires students to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), after they have completed their registered nursing educational requirements.
    • If a state board of nursing denies an application for licensure by examination, students may use the licensure by endorsement process to seek licensure in their preferred jurisdiction.
    • At this time, Saint Mary’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing students are only approved to complete clinical experiences in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Students who wish to complete clinical experiences in other jurisdictions should contact the Program Director noted below.
    • Minnesota is not currently a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC); however, many surrounding jurisdictions are a part of NLC. Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC jurisdictions without having to obtain additional licenses.

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has made the following determinations regarding its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-Licensure) and educational requirements for Registered Nurse licensure. 

     

    Minnesota: Saint Mary’s has determined its B.S. in Nursing (Pre-Licensure) program meets educational requirements for RN licensure in Minnesota.  This program is approved by the MN Board of Nursing. Students are reminded that candidates for RN licensure in MN will need to meet additional requirements beyond the completion of their degree to ensure eligibility for licensure and should confirm all requirements with their program advisor and the MN Board of Nursing. 

     

    Wisconsin: Saint Mary’s has determined its B.S. in Nursing (Pre-Licensure) program meets educational requirements for RN licensure in Wisconsin. This program is approved by the WI Board of Nursing. Students are reminded that candidates for RN licensure in WI will need to meet additional requirements beyond the completion of their degree to ensure eligibility for licensure and should confirm all requirements with their program advisor and the WI Board of Nursing. 

     

    Other Jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, CO, DE, GA, GU, ID, IL, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OR, PR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WY): Saint Mary’s has determined that, as a MN Board of Nursing-approved program, the B.S. in Nursing (Pre-Licensure) program meets educational requirements for RN licensure in these jurisdictions. Students are reminded that candidates for RN licensure in any jurisdiction will likely need to meet additional requirements beyond the completion of their BSN degree to ensure eligibility for licensure, including but not limited to passage of examinations, transcript review, postgraduate education and training, background checks, etc.

     

    Other Jurisdictions (AS, AR, CA, CT, DC, FL, HI, IN, LA, MS, NH, NM, OK, PA, TN): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its B.S. in Nursing (Pre-Licensure) program will meet educational requirements for RN licensure in these jurisdictions. Saint Mary’s BSN program is designed to prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), required by all 50 states for RN licensure. Students are advised to check with their state board of nursing to verify requirements and are encouraged to contact the Program Director indicated below with questions regarding licensure in any jurisdiction.

     

    Doctor Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesiology (DNP)

    Saint Mary’s DNP program is designed to prepare qualified Registered Nurses to pursue certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). This program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. Successful completion of the examination entitles the graduate to be known as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. 

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its DNP program and educational requirements for CRNA and APRN licensure: 

     

    Minnesota – Saint Mary’s has determined its DNP program meets educational requirements for CRNA and APRN licensure in Minnesota.  Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NBCRNA’s National Certification Examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. CRNAs in Minnesota are required to be licensed by the Minnesota Board of Nursing as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in order to practice. The Minnesota Board of Nursing has approved the Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia program for the purpose of meeting the educational requirements for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse.

     

    Other Jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, AS, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, MP, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WV, WI, WY): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its DNP program meets educational requirements for CRNA certification or APRN licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota. While graduates of the Nurse Anesthesiology program are eligible to sit for the NBCRNA’s National Certification Examination, students should check with their state board to verify recognition of the NCE as a CRNA certifying body and any other requirements for their jurisdiction. The majority of jurisdictions also require CRNAs to obtain APRN licensure from their state board in order to practice. 

     

    Questions about licensure?

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change. Additional information about nursing-related licensure may also be found through organizations such as the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

     

    For questions about any of Saint Mary’s Nursing programs and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the program directors noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

     

    B.S. in Nursing (Pre-Licensure)
    Sister Agnes Mary Graves, RSM, DNP, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC, FCP
    Program Director
    (507) 457-7447
    agraves@smumn.edu

    Doctor Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesiology (DNP)
    Leah Gordon, DNP, APRN, CRNA
    Program Director, Assistant Professor
    (612) 728-5151
    lgordon@smumn.edu

  • Counseling Psychology, Psy.D.

     

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Doctorate of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) program trains students in the provision of health service psychology. The program is designed to prepare students to seek licensure as a psychologist in the state of Minnesota. The Psy.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its Psy.D. program and educational requirements for psychologist licensure:

    Minnesota:  Saint Mary’s has determined that, as an APA-accredited program, its Psy.D. program meets educational requirements for psychologist licensure in Minnesota as established by the MN Board of Psychology. Additional requirements beyond completion of the degree must be met, including but not limited to passage of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) Part 1, one year of supervised practice, and passage of the Minnesota Professional Responsibility Exam. 

    Other Jurisdictions (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, Federated States of Micronesia, CM, Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau): Saint Mary’s has determined that, as an APA-accredited program, its Psy.D. program meets educational requirements for licensure in these jurisdictions. Additional requirements beyond the completion of the degree must be met, including but not limited to passage of national or regional examinations, completion of supervised practice, completion of additional training, and background checks. Only state licensing boards can make the final determination of licensure eligibility.

     

    Other Jurisdictions (CA, KY, MA, SD, TX, VA, WV, AS, GU, PR, VI): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its Psy.D. program meets educational requirements for psychology licensure in these jurisdictions. While graduation from an APA- accredited program is required in several jurisdictions to be eligible for licensure, requirements vary widely. Students are responsible for checking with their state licensing boards to confirm eligibility.

     

    Questions about licensure? 

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about psychology licensure may also be found through organizations such as the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and the American Psychological Association.

     

    For questions about Saint Mary’s Psy.D. program and its relationship to professional licensure, please contact the program director noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

     

    Ashley Sovereign, Psy.D.
    Program Director, Professor
    (612) 238-4557
    asoverei@smumn.edu

  • Social Work, MSW

     

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare students to pursue careers as licensed social workers in clinical practice. The program has been designed to meet the standards set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and covers curricula to prepare students to take the Association of Social Work Boards’ masters-level exam. Eligibility for social work licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories requires graduation from a CSWE-accredited program. 

     

    Saint Mary’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

     

    Students are advised that candidates for social work licensure must meet additional requirements beyond their degree to ensure eligibility for licensure, including but not limited to background checks, transcript review, postgraduate training, passage of examinations, completion of supervised clinical experiences, etc. In some jurisdictions, students may be required to demonstrate completion of specific coursework (typically attained through MSW program electives) or complete postgraduate training in order to meet licensure requirements even if a program is fully accredited by CSWE. Only state social work boards can determine whether an applicant has met licensure requirements. Saint Mary’s cannot guarantee an individual’s attainment of social work licensure in any jurisdiction. 

     

    In accordance with federal law, Saint Mary’s has made the following determinations regarding its Master of Social Work program and educational requirements for social work licensure:

     

    Alabama (AL): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Alabama.

     

    Alaska (AK): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Alaska.

     

    American Samoa (AS): Saint Mary’s has not made a determination whether its MSW program meets educational requirements for licensure in American Samoa. Saint Mary’s was unable to locate evidence of a master’s level social work license for students who wish to practice social work in American Samoa.

     

    Arizona (AZ): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Arizona.

     

    Arkansas (AR): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Arkansas.

     

    California (CA): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in California. Additional postgraduate training is required.

     

    Colorado (CO): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Colorado.

     

    Connecticut (CT): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Connecticut.

     

    Delaware (DE): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Delaware.

     

    District of Columbia (DC): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in the District of Columbia. Applicants for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements for licensure.

     

    Florida (FL): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern licensure in Florida. Applicants for Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern licensure may need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements. Additional postgraduate training is required to meet requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure.

     

    Georgia (GA): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Georgia.

     

    Guam (GU): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Guam.

     

    Hawaii (HI): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Hawaii.

     

    Idaho (ID): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Idaho.

     

    Illinois (IL): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Illinois.

     

    Indiana (IN): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Indiana.

     

    Iowa (IA): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in Iowa.

     

    Kansas (KS): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) licensure in Kansas.

     

    Kentucky (KY): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Kentucky.

     

    Louisiana (LA): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Louisiana.

     

    Maine (ME): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) – Conditional Clinical; and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Maine. Applicants will need to demonstrate completion of specific coursework* to meet requirements for LMSW Conditional Clinical and LCSW licensure. Additional postgraduate training is required to meet requirements for all license levels.

     

    Maryland (MD): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Maryland. 

     

    Massachusetts (MA): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Certified Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Massachusetts.

     

    Michigan (MI): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Limited Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) and Full Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) licensure. Additional postgraduate training is required to meet requirements for licensure.

     

    Minnesota (MN): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Minnesota. 

     

    Mississippi (MS): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Mississippi.

     

    Missouri (MO): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Missouri.

     

    Montana (MT): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master’s Social Worker Candidate (non-clinical), Licensed Master (non-clinical) Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker Candidate, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Montana.

     

    Nebraska (NE): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Provisional Certified Master Social Worker (PCMSW), Certified Social Worker (CSW)/Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW), and Licensed Mental Health Practitioner* licensure in Nebraska. *If requesting CMSW and will be providing mental health services, must also be applying for or have a LMHP or Independent MHP license in Nebraska)

     

    Nevada (NV): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in Nevada.

     

    New Hampshire (NH): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in New Hampshire.

     

    New Jersey (NJ): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in New Jersey. 

     

    New Mexico (NM): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in New Mexico.

     

    New York (NY): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).  Additional postgraduate training is required to meet licensure requirements. 

     

    North Carolina (NC): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW), Certified Social Work Manager (CSWM), Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in North Carolina.

     

    North Dakota (ND): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in North Dakota.

     

    Northern Mariana Islands (MP): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in the Northern Mariana Islands.

     

    Ohio (OH): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure in Ohio.

     

    Oklahoma (OK): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Oklahoma.

     

    Oregon (OR): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Clinical Social Worker Associate (CSWA), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Oregon. 

     

    Pennsylvania (PA): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Pennsylvania.

     

    Puerto Rico (PR): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Permanent License Social Work Professional licensure in Puerto Rico.

     

    Rhode Island (RI): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Rhode Island.

     

    South Carolina (SC): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Master Level Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Independent Social Worker – Advanced Practice (LISW-AP), and Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice (LISW-CP). Additional postgraduate training is required to meet Licensed Independent Social Worker – Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) licensure.

     

    South Dakota (SD): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW), Certified Social Worker in Private, Independent Practice (CSW-PIP) licensure in South Dakota.

     

    Tennessee (TN): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Tennessee.

     

    Texas (TX): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Texas.

     

    U.S. Virgin Islands (VI): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Certified Social Worker (CSW) and Certified Independent Social Worker (CISW) in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

     

    Utah (UT): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Social Service Worker 1, Certified Social Worker Intern, Certified Social Worker (CSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Utah. 

     

    Vermont (VT): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Vermont.

     

    Virginia (VA): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Work licensure in Virginia.

     

    Washington (WA): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Associate Advanced Social Worker (LSWAA), Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW), Associate Independent Clinical Social Worker (LSWAIC), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in Washington.

     

    West Virginia (WV): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure in West Virginia.

     

    Wisconsin (WI): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW), Independent Social Worker (ISW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Wisconsin.

     

    Wyoming (WY): Saint Mary’s has determined its MSW program meets educational requirements for Provisional Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure in Wyoming.

     

    *Required coursework may be met by MSW program electives.

     

    Questions about licensure? 

     

    Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your jurisdiction to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change. Additional information about social work licensure may also be found through resources such as the Association of Social Work Boards.

     

    For questions about Saint Mary’s MSW program and professional licensure, please contact the program director noted below, or email licensure@smumn.edu

     

    Mallory Knipe, D.S.W., L.I.S.W.
    Program Director, Associate Professor
    (612) 728-5204
    mknipe@smumn.edu

Licensing Agencies

Use these links to find and check licensing requirements for your jurisdiction.