M.A. in Educational Studies

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The M.A. in Educational Studies is an advanced degree for licensed teachers who want to advance their curricular and content knowledge. If you're needing to be in compliance with College in the Schools (CIS) requirements, then this is the degree for you! Graduates of this degree program can also go on to serve as reading specialists, department chairs in a specific content area, academic coaches, learning specialists and curriculum specialists.

With concentrations in Hispanic Cultures, Literature and Linguistics; K-12 Reading Endorsement; Mathematics Education; Engineering Education; Teaching College English; and Special Education, the flexible master's program will give you the specialized instruction you need to advance your career, transition to a new role and/or increase your salary. The blended delivery model combines both online and face-to-face learning models and features the innovative learning opportunities the University of St. Thomas is known for.

What you can earn

  • M.A. in Educational Studies

Where you will learn

  • A combination of online and face to face courses on campus (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

When to start

Core courses are offered fall, spring and summer semesters. Course schedules for the concentration areas vary.

Four (4) core 3-credit courses:

  • CIED 670: Assessment for Learning
  • CIED 532: Curriculum, P-16
  • CIED 603: Education Equity & Inclusive Practices
  • CIED 551: Use of Technology for Instruction

In addition to the four core courses, students will choose one of the following concentrations:

Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Cultures, Literature and Linguistics (Contact: Juli Kroll)

  • GSPA 510 Topics in World Languages Teaching
  • GSPA 698 - Independent Project

An additional 15 credits are required. Choose at least one course (3 credits) in each of the following areas:

Hispanic Culture and Civilization

  • GSPA 515 Hispanic Cinema Studies (cross-listed with Span 415)
  • GSPA 523 Hispanic Visual Culture and Literature
  • GSPA 524 Hispanics in Minnesota and the U.S.
  • GSPA 530 Exile and Migration in Contemporary Spain

Hispanic Literature

  • GSPA 512 Chicano and U.S. Latino Literature(s) and Culture(s) (cross-listed with Span 412)
  • GSPA 522 Mexican Literature and Society
  • GSPA 525 Caribbean Literature and Cultures
  • GSPA 540 Topics in Hispanic Culture and Literature

Hispanic Linguistics

  • GSPA 517 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers
  • GSPA 519 Spanish Sociolinguistics
  • GSPA 550 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (cross-listed with Span 490 Topics)

K-12 Reading Endorsement (Contact: Amy Smith)

  • READ 500 Research in Literacy
  • READ 501 Emergent Literacy
  • READ 701 Balanced Literacy K-6
  • READ 702 Content Area Reading Instruction
  • READ 704 Reading Assessment and Remediation
  • READ 720 Practicum in Assessment and Remediation

Mathematics Education (Contact: Debbie Monson)

  • TEGR 640 Teaching Math with Conceptual Understanding
  • TEGR 641 Developing Number Sense for the P-12 Learner
  • TEGR 642 Mathematics Reasoning and Problem Solving in the P-12 Classroom
  • TEGR 643 Current Issues in Mathematics Education
  • Elective approved by advisor
  • Elective approved by advisor

Engineering Education (Contact: Debbie Monson)

  • EGED 530 Fundamentals of Engineering
  • EGED 531 Engineering Design
  • TEGR 528 Engineering in the P-12 Classroom

Choice of three of the following:

  • EGED 612 Digital Electronics and Computing Systems
  • EGED 613 Materials Science and Engineering
  • EGED 614 Manufacturing Engineering in the Classroom
  • EGED 615 Statics, Materials and Structures
  • EGED 699 Manufacturing Engineering in the Classroom

Teaching College English (Contact: Amy Smith)

  • GENG 513 Issues in Criticism
  • GENG 507 Teaching College English
  • GENG 697 Independent Project

Choose one of the following:

  • GENG 558 Multicultural Literature
  • GENG 559 Native American Literature
  • GENG 560 African American Literature
  • GENG 658 Topics in Multicultural Literature
  • GENG 659 Topics in Native American Literature
  • GENG 660 Topics in African American Literature

Additional 6 Credits: Students may choose from a wide variety of courses in British, American and world literature as well as courses in writing and pedagogy

Special Education (Contact: L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan)

  • SPED 750 Survey of Exceptionality
  • SPED 785 Behavior Management
  • SPED 714 Collaboration Skills for School Professionals
  • SPED 716 Fundamentals for Students with Mild to Moderate Needs
  • SPED 719 Social, Emotional and Behavioral Interventions
  • SPED 717 Elementary Academic Interventions


  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • 2 positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
    • Official test score
      • Each of our programs uses an assessment to assist in making admissions decisions. Specific requirements can be found here.
      • If you have questions regarding this requirement, please email us directly at education@stthomas.edu.
    • International Applicants:
      1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
      2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.