Educating current and future educators is a pillar of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. With its strong reputation in preparing highly skilled teachers and administrators, the School of Education is reimagining education for today’s dynamic world of learning.
COVID-19 has created new ways of thinking about education and has acted as a catalyst to bring ideas to life. Saint Mary’s understands the pivotal changes educators face and the strength required to stay dedicated in uncertain times. The School of Education prepares educators to remain resilient throughout challenges and in every corner of their careers.
“Education is more than nurturing learners’ academic skills and intellectual development,” said Michael Lovorn, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “It’s also about empowering learners to adapt to highly-complex challenges, and that adaptability is fostered by the mentorship and leadership of our educators, who help support learners as open-minded and creative problem solvers.”
Relevant and Recognized Programs
Saint Mary’s is at the forefront of leveraging modes of learning delivery that meet the needs of all students. By offering innovative online learning and hybrid programs, the university creates greater access to a quality education — one that Saint Mary’s is recognized for regionally and nationally.
The Bachelor’s Completion program, for example, is designed for adults to complete their bachelor’s degree in as little as one year. Work experience, previous college coursework, and military service can all count toward earning a degree. And with the opportunity to transfer earned credits to finish a degree — it’s the chance to finish stronger than ever imagined.
Saint Mary’s offers accelerated master’s-level graduate certificates, as well. These online programs are ideal for career-focused learners wanting to advance and distinguish themselves as leaders.
According to Arizona State University’s Pathways for Performance Report, Saint Mary’s is the largest provider of principals and superintendents in the State of Minnesota. Building on this recognition, the university offers graduate certificates in Principal and Superintendent, along with Culturally Responsive Teaching, and other programs.
Saint Mary’s graduate professional programs are convenient and affordable. Master’s programs include English as a Second Language and Special Education, and a doctoral degree in Education Leadership.
Under Dr. Lovorn’s direction, the School of Education is primed to move into the international education space, and is actively developing cohort partnerships in international schools wherein Saint Mary’s can facilitate graduate coursework, teacher and administrator licensure, and professional development.
Rooted in its core Lasallian heritage, Saint Mary’s empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. Whether preparing to lead their own classroom, or establishing relationships with faculty and staff as administrators, students at Saint Mary’s will be prepared to lead with character and integrity.
Saint Mary’s has been committed to educating the next generation of educators for over a century. Today, this mission is carried out with recharged momentum, dynamic academic programs, renowned accessibility, and the prevailing vision to prepare educators to be ethical leaders in an ever-changing world.
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