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The College of St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica’s non-licensure program in educational studies is meant for students who aren’t necessarily interested in becoming classroom teachers. It’s the perfect fit if you’re pursuing a career where you’ll need an understanding of the principles of education. Understanding the basics behind teaching and learning will help you thrive in any field.

You’ll learn from our renowned Education faculty, and your small class sizes will allow you to build close relationships with your peers and professors. Your coursework will be grounded in the liberal arts, giving you the critical thinking abilities that will set you apart in the workplace. You will be well prepared for graduate studies or a successful career in business, the public sector, alternative education, childcare and much more.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

Degree Details


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St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.


Program Requirements

Major: 39 credits

St. Scholastica offers a flexible design and personalization of coursework focus. Students will take credits in teaching methods and upper-level School of Education or relevant coursework.


Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Required Courses

EDU 1540 – Introduction to Teaching

Introduces schooling, teaching and the foundations of education. The major purpose is to help students clarify their thoughts and feelings about becoming a teacher. Topics include teachers, students, schools, teaching, curriculum, instruction, school governance, school finance, history of U.S. education, philosophy of education.

EDU 2210 – Educational Psychology/Needs of Learners

Examines children’s cognitive, social, moral, and emotional development as a function of their social and cultural context: the school. The course introduces theories of intelligence, learning, memory, motivation, and behavior. Application of theory to practice is emphasized, with a focus on critical thinking, metacognition, models of instruction, and classroom management approaches.

EDU 2600 – Instructional Planning & Management with Field Experience I

Practice effective lesson planning, questioning and communication techniques, classroom management and developing effective and professional teaching dispositions. The teacher candidate will build classroom management skills and an understanding of how these are directly related to the management of time, instruction, resources and behavior in a classroom setting. Using self-reflective practices, the teacher candidate will begin to examine personal dispositions as they relate to teaching, learning and managing a classroom. The teacher candidate will have the opportunity to implement these skills in a field placement setting. This course requires 50 hours of field experience practicum within a local school.

EDU 3100 – Teaching for Inclusion & Equity

Develop intercultural knowledge and competence for culturally responsive professional practices. Concepts of culture, identity, race, sexuality, power and privilege are examined through concrete learning tasks and course readings to enhance students’ ability to participate in the reconstruction of schools, communities and national assumptions about equity. Course readings and assignments provide students with opportunities to recognize inequity, respond to inequity, redress inequity and develop equitable practices to enhance and sustain equity. Students develop understanding that enhances their capacity to act on the idea that individually and collectively they can help change the world from poverty, discrimination and injustice to a world marked by equal access, equitable opportunities and respect for our shared humanity.

EDU 3250 – Introduction to Special Education

Addresses teachers’ roles in educating children and youth with disabilities. Students examine the social construction of disability, disability legislation; rights and responsibilities of parents, educators, and students; and universal design for learning. Topics include historical and theoretical frameworks and legal mandates that have shaped the current field of special education, as well as the needs and characteristics of individuals with disabilities. This course contains a field requirement. Co-requisite: EDU 2600/EDU 3600/EDU 4600 for Education licensure Majors/Minors (who should register for this course at 3 credits); others not enrolled in one of those courses should register for 4 credits.

EDU 4777 – Topics in Education

Address a special need, interest or opportunity and are not a part of the regular Teacher Education curriculum.

Career Outlook

Educational studies majors have a diverse selection of career fields from which to choose. These may include the following:

  • Corporate training and development
  • Youth program directors
  • Early childhood education and program administration
  • Alternative education
  • Career service professionals
  • Religious education
  • Mission work
  • Preparation for advanced study in other fields

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

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 bring their deep experience to online and on-campus classrooms. Our values of community, respect, stewardship and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.