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Your Gateway to a Career in Education

Teaching Degrees and Licenses

At the School of Education, educators impart a balance of practical, professional knowledge grounded in theory and applicable ideas focusing students' part of Graduate degrees, certificates, and licensure programs. Our students receive individual attention, skill-building, time in the classroom, and meaningful relationship-building skills that travel with them through life.

We are dedicated to our future educators being the incredible champions of the common good. If you are signing up for classes straight out of high school or as a long-time teacher looking to switch gears or expand your knowledge, our Teacher Education and Special Education programs will set you up for success. When you are here, you will learn by doing, studying alongside peers and faculty from a variety of backgrounds who all share a commitment to advancing the common good through education.

Three Ways to Accelerate Your Career as an Educator

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Undergraduate Majors and Minors

In order to be more prepared, our undergrads get real teaching experience in a PK-12 classroom for an entire school year.

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Graduate Studies: Teacher Education

Our faculty are scholars as well as professionals who lead their own PK-12 classrooms. They have all the know-how to help you manage yours.

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Graduate Studies: Special Education

Our award-winning program is flexible and offers 6 specialized licenses to fully prepare Special Education teachers for the classroom.


Undergraduate Studies in K-12 Education

Our education degree will prepare you to be classroom-ready on Day 1 with the only elementary full-year, supervised teaching placement in the metro. Tackle today's complex problems in education with a degree that prepares you to meet the needs of all students, led by a faculty of experienced, forward-thinking educators.

Graduate Studies in K-12 Education

The School of Education has options for every teacher. Whether you are just starting out and pursuing your first license, or you are seeking an additional degree or license, we have a program for you.

Graduate Studies in Special Education

Our Special Education Department is led by some of the best faculty around. Our programs are award-winning and offer maximum flexibility so you can learn around your already busy schedule. Check out our offerings in Special Education, which range from initial licensure to advanced degrees.

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Ensuring Every Voice is Heard

Work and Learn

This program prepares, retains, and supports paraprofessionals and effective teachers from school districts across Minnesota. It provides an affordable, accelerated program to earn a Minnesota Special Education teaching license and master's degree in 2.5 years.

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Serving School Districts


The residency model is a district-serving teacher preparation pathway to licensure that prepares highly effective and diverse Special Education and Elementary teachers who will create increased opportunities for students in Minnesota school districts. Upon completing this program, residents earn their master's degree and teaching license.

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Put International Educator on Your Resume

Study Abroad in Taiwan

Gain competency in international teaching, promote intercultural communication and collaboration, and see the world. This School of Education study abroad course is for undergraduate and graduate students. Applications typically open in the spring. For more details, visit the Study Abroad page or contact Dr. C. Candace Chou, ccchou@stthomas.edu.