Master's for Practicing Teachers

Program Description

St. Kate’s understands that working adults need professional development that accommodates their busy schedules. Our online and hybrid programs provide focus and flexibility to meet teacher needs.

Students in our programs may complete a certificate within one year and a master’s degree in five terms (summer inclusive). Or, they can choose to extend their program of study over a longer period of time. There are three start times throughout the year-- summer, fall and spring.

St.Kate’s MAED and certificate programs align with the needs of today’s classroom teachers and librarians. Teachers may choose from three concentration areas: Technology Integration, STEM, or Curriculum and Instruction. We know that each teacher’s particular situation is unique, so in addition to elective courses within a concentration, each master’s program offers the opportunity to take elective classes across programs.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Technology Integration or STEM is conferred upon candidates who have met the following requirements:

  • completion of required courses
  • attainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Years to Complete the Program

The degree program must be completed within seven years, beginning with the first coursework in the program.

Transfer Credits

With Program Director approval, up to nine graduate credits (minimum grade of B) completed at a regionally accredited institution may be transferred to the MAED program. The University of St. Thomas Engineering Education Certificate may be transferred in full into the program (12 credits). Up to seven EdEx credits may be transferred into the MAED.

Progression Policy

In order to remain in good standing, students must fulfill the following:

  • maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average
  • earn a grade of B– or better in each graduate course
  • successfully complete the Action Research project, which includes garnering approval for their planned study by the Institutional Review Board
  • adhere to the department’s criteria for professional/ethical behavior, integrity, honesty, personal behavior, respect for others and the Minnesota code of ethics for teachers.

Conditions for Probation

Students will be placed on probation for one term by the Graduate Education Program for any of the following reasons:

  • lack of attendance and participation (90% attendance is required in the entire program)
  • overall GPA is less than 3.0
  • earn a grade below B– in a graduate course
  • failure to fulfill the department’s criteria for professional/ethical behavior, integrity, honesty, personal behavior, respect for others or violations of the Minnesota code of ethics for teachers
  • violation of the university’s policy on academic integrity
  • violation of the university’s policy on student conduct

Note: St. Catherine expects all students and faculty to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. Any act of academic dishonesty threatens the value of all scholastic endeavors.

In the event that a student receives a grade below a B-, but has a GPA above 3.0, the student may continue to take courses but will be on academic probation. Failure to get grades above B- in the following term would result in termination from the program under normal condition. For other conditions, failure to meet the conditions for academic probation, or to bring the grade point average to 3.0 by the end of the term on probation, will result in automatic suspension from the program under any circumstances.

Under extraordinary circumstances, students may petition in writing to repeat a course, but may not take the next courses in sequence unless the petition has been approved and the conditions for continuance agreed upon.

Removal from Probation

Students must complete the next segment of the program with grades of B- or better. If students do not qualify for removal from probation but show significant improvement, they may be placed on extended probation. At the end of the probationary period students may be removed from probation, placed on extended probation or dismissed.

In addition, removal from probation will occur when the incomplete or grades below B- are converted to a B- or better.

In the event that a student is on probation for violating professional/ethical or academic integrity codes, readmission to the program would be considered if conditions of probation have been fully met according to review by the Program Director and Department Chair.

Conditions for Program Dismissal

Program dismissal will result if conditions for removal from probation are not adequately met.

Conditions for Readmission to the Program

Students who have discontinued program course work for any reason - academic disqualification or personal reasons - must contact the Office of Graduate Admission to complete the readmission process. In addition, readmission to the program will occur when the following conditions have been met:

  • readmission has been approved by the Program Director and Chair of the Education Department
  • a reasonable study plan has been made and mutually agreed upon by the student and Program Director/Chair/Academic Advisor

Readmission may not be possible after violation(s) of the department's criteria for professional/ethical behavior, integrity, academic integrity, honesty, personal behavior, respect for others or violations of the Minnesota code of ethics for teachers.