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The College of St. Scholastica

Advancing Teaching and Learning Practices

Whether starting or furthering your career, being an education leader is essential. At St. Scholastica, we prepare learners to identify and analyze educational issues and provide leadership for innovative solutions within their work settings. As an educational professional, you’ll develop best practices in your courses and become a proficient consumer and steward of research to address questions from your own settings.

Fast Facts

  • Ranked as a “Best Online Graduate Education Program” by U.S. News & World Report
  • Seven elective concentrations; tailor your degree to meet your needs
  • 100% online format; finish in as little as two years
  • 33 total program credits

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Program ranked in 2020 among the top in the nation and highest of all ranked programs in Minnesota.

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Degree Details


Approximately $15,000/full program* ($465/credit)

* Tuition rates are for the 2023-24 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change. View 2022-23 rates.

Program Overview

Cohort Model

Online learning isn’t independent learning at St. Scholastica. We’ve applied a cohort model to our MEd, which means you’ll move through the program with the same group of colleagues. We’ve also implemented a host of technologies to help bridge the gap between the computer and the classroom.

Program Advisor

An online adviser is assigned to you at the beginning of the program and stays with you until you graduate. Your online adviser is available to answer questions and offer support.

Other Student Resources

  • Zoom is a fully functional virtual classroom that allows you to participate in live discussions with other students, attend online lectures, and much more.
  • A 24-hour help desk means that you’ll never struggle alone with an uncooperative computer.
  • Instant messaging and discussion boards enable virtual class discussions.

Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Education’s loan forgiveness programs for teachers.


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Curriculum Components

The Master of Education (MEd) program curriculum is divided into two major components: a professional core of seven courses (21 credits) and a 12-credit elective focus.

Core courses provide a solid framework in the following:

  • promoting student learning
  • inquiry and critical thinking
  • technology integration
  • assessment and data-driven decision making
  • differentiated instruction
  • action research

The program also offers seven concentration options:

  • Certificate in Chemistry (certificate awarded)
  • Certificate in Computer Science Education (certificate awarded)
  • Certificate in Culturally Responsive Practice (certificate awarded)
  • Educational Technology (certificate awarded)
  • Certificate in Literacy Instruction (certificate awarded)
  • Certificate in Special Education (certificate awarded)
  • Professional Studies (focus electives on your interests)

Transfer Credits from Prior Graduate-Level Work

Students can transfer six credits from an accredited institution that are education-related that will be applied toward the professional studies elective. Transfer credits must have been earned within seven years.

Focused on Student Outcomes

As governments at the state and national level focus on student outcomes and standardized testing, teacher salaries and evaluations will also depend more on student outcomes. St. Scholastica’s MEd is focused on teaching you how to increase student achievement by utilizing the latest research and best practices.


AAQEP logoThe Teacher Education program at the College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) for a period of 7 years, from July 2019 to July 2026. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the Educator Preparation Program offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

PART I: Publicly Available Program Performance and Candidate Achievement Data

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

The fully accredited Teacher Education Program is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). The teacher education program has full continuing unit and program approval through June 30, 2024.

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadline

Fall: Aug. 20
Spring: Jan. 4
Summer: May 20


New Students
  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of at least 2.8
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.