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Education

If you choose to major in education at Saint Louis University, you can choose from six different concentrations, from early childhood education to secondary education. 

Education student

Practical experience, classroom observations and student teaching are integrated in the education curriculum experience at Saint Louis University. Throughout the program, students  spend a significant amount of time in local public or private schools.


Major in Education

If you choose to major in education at SLU, you'll choose from six different concentrations:

Education without Certification
After your first semester at SLU, you can apply to major in education without pursuing teaching certification. An education degree is a valuable asset for a number of careers related to education and complements many other degrees as a second major. Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in education without certification instills leadership qualities including risk-taking, civic responsibility and ethical character.

Early Childhood Education
Our early childhood education is for students who are interested in helping young children expand their minds. You will learn about the intellectual and emotional development of children 8 years old and younger and explore ways to create an environment that allows all children to thrive.

SLU's early childhood education program emphasizes practical experience. You'll spend the majority of your coursework time teaching in local public or private schools.

Elementary Education
This concentration prepares you to develop and instruct young people. You’ll learn communication skills and teaching techniques specific to first through sixth grade students.

If you pursue the concentration in elementary education from SLU’s School of Education, you’ll take courses not only in teaching methods but in children's literature and media, creative arts and movement, and elementary methods of teaching mathematics, science and social studies.

Elementary Education with Special Education for Mild/Moderate Disabilities
This concentration focuses on communication skills and special techniques specific to teaching students who have disabilities. Graduates of SLU’s program are prepared to teach in both the fields of elementary education (grades one through six) and special education K through 12.

Coursework examines speech and language development, instruction methods for remedial math, and language instruction in mainstreamed classrooms, as well as counseling and medical implications in special education. You’ll also have an opportunity to student teach in an inclusive classroom.

Middle School Education
This concentration prepares you to teach students in fifth through eighth grades, and for other careers in education. You’ll focus on teaching specific subjects such as language arts, math, science or social studies to middle-school students. You will spend 21 credit hours in at least one of these areas and another 12 focusing on another.

You’ll also learn special skills required to teach in a middle school setting and to help students in their late childhood and early teen years develop. Coursework in SLU's middle school education program covers behavioral management in middle school and teaching methods for inclusive classrooms.

Secondary Education
This concentration prepares you to be a middle or high school teacher and for other careers in education.

You’ll explore multicultural education, instructional technology, managing and organizing a classroom, and topics specific to secondary education. You’ll also choose a specialty area, ranging from biology, English or modern language (French, German or Spanish) to general science, math or social studies.

Before graduation, you’ll also work as a student teacher in a secondary classroom. 

Curriculum

Education majors at SLU take courses in a specific sequence. The first block addresses issues related to classroom observation. You'll also study learning theory and examine schools as a social system, as well as learn about human growth and development.

The second block examines diversity in the classroom, learning styles, exceptionality and different styles of teaching. The remaining blocks are dedicated to methods of teaching subject matter areas and levels, diagnosing learning problems and developing learning activities. The program culminates with a block dedicated to teaching in professional environments.

Courses recommended as education electives have limited hours of fieldwork.

Internships and Careers

Career options for people who majored in education without certification include arts and education program coordinator, educational outreach coordinator and public relations specialist. You may also choose to continue your studies in one of our education graduate programs in educational foundations or leadership before entering the workforce.

Faculty

SLU’s School of Education faculty members are strong role models of success and acquaint students with the challenges and joys of the teaching profession. 

  • Lauren Arend, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.
  • Amrita Chaturvedi, Ph.D.
  • Mary M. Chittooran, Ph.D.
  • Robert Cole, Ph.D.
  • Alexander Cuenca, Ph.D.
  • Anthony DeCesare, Ph.D.
  • John James, Ed.D.
  • Retha Meier, Ph.D.
  • Nikki Murdick, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Ryan Newton, Ph.D.
  • Kathryn Pierce, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Roberts, Ph.D.
  • Ann M. Rule, Ph.D.
  • Joy Voss, Ph.D.
  • Maureen Wikete Lee, Ph.D.

Minor in Education

SLU’s education minor is open to all majors and requires 18 credit hours of coursework.

Students are required to take “EDF 4240: Growth, Development and Learning” and “EDSP 4310: Education of the Exceptional Individual” and nine credit hours of electives from among any 3000- or 4000-level education courses. You’ll also complete one of the following courses:

  • ASTD 3020: American Mosaic: Literature and Diversity
  • EDI 3620: Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
  • SOC 1200: Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOC 3360: Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • CSD 3000: Characteristics of Multicultural Populations

SLU education student

  All tracks in SLU's undergraduate education  program culminate with a block dedicated to teaching in professional environments.

Student Organization

Join SLU: Teach

SLU: Teach is an organization for those interested in the field of education. Through participation in SLU: Teach you will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what it takes to be a teacher, gain real world experience, engage in peer discussion and share professional experiences regarding the field.