Master's for Practicing Teachers

Program Description

Building on a long-standing dedication to quality teacher education, St. Catherine offers three online Master of Arts in Education (MAED). Teachers can choose a focus area from one of our high-interest certificates OR can just choose courses that are of interest to them and we package those together to ensure they meet degree requirements.  

Our graduate programs balance research, application, and professional skills. Graduates become more effective educators and leaders in their communities by learning "what works" and applying that immediately in their own settings to see how new practices, curriculum, or skills translate to their student populations.

St. Kate’s understands that working adults need professional development that accommodates their busy schedules. Our online programs provide focus and flexibility to meet teacher needs. A degree can be completed in five consecutive semesters (including summers) or extended to a longer duration to accommodate coaching needs, babies, life! An individual program of study is completed with the program director prior to beginning the program. This ensures students a clear scope and sequence to their program completion but can be adapted as needed with an easy phone call or email.  

Teachers wishing to join the program together as a "learning team" will be able to submit work they complete collaboratively in each course.

Faculty are accessible, supportive, and dedicated to helping teachers' improve their practice. Learning is designed to be iterative and foster critically reflective practice. Our dedicated faculty bring their own classroom-based expertise to their instruction and design courses to facilitate teacher learning -- not "hoop jumping". Course activities and resources foster meaningful improvements in teacher skills and student outcomes.

Time to Complete the Program

All EDUC courses are seven weeks long, and are offered in a first-half/second-half of the semester format during the school year, completing six credits per semester. We do not have classes in January. During the summer, courses begin roughly the first week of June and last through the third week of July. Most students take two classes simultaneously during the summer session. 

Each term we offer an orientation to new students. Online 7-week courses are organized around clearly-articulated weekly expectations and delivered through Brightspace/D2L. Students and faculty participate in lively discussions throughout the week sharing their experiences of trying the new materials in their classroom.

Students in our programs may complete a certificate within one year and a master’s degree in five terms (inclusive of summer). 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.

Classes are asynchronous (with minor exceptions), so students can choose to work when it fits within their schedules. Typically a course requires 10-12 hours of work a week, distributed over at least three separate days. Successful students check in daily (or five days a week) and then reserve a few days each week to do a deeper-dive into the new content/skills. Synchronous virtual meetings--with instructors and peers--happen at student convenience to provide just-in-time support or facilitate meaningful dialogue around the content. 

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

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:

  • successful completion of required courses for a chosen major;
  • successful completion of a total of 31 graduate level credits;
  • attainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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 Education Extension (EdEx) credits offered by our approved partners 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
  • successfully complete the Action Research project, with requisite 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 
  • overall GPA is less than 3.0
  • earn a grade below B– in a graduate course
  • unprofessional or unethical behavior
  • 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

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.

For grade related probation, students must complete the next segment of the program with grades of B- or better.  Or, removal from probation may occur when an incomplete, or grades below B-, are converted to grades of B- or better.

At the end of a probationary period, students may be removed from probation, placed on extended probation or dismissed.

Conditions for Program Dismissal

Program dismissal will result if conditions for removal from probation are not adequately met. Program dismissal may also happen for violations of the university policy of academic integrity.

Conditions for Readmission to the Program

Students who have discontinued program coursework--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 
  • A reasonable study plan has been made and mutually agreed upon by the student and Program Director

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.