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Educational Studies

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The Department of Educational Studies includes undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduate programs include early childhood, early childhood special education, elementary, middle, secondary, special education for mild/moderate disability. Master's and doctoral degree programs are offered in foundations and curriculum and instruction.

The following areas of certification are available:

  • Early Childhood: Birth to Grade 3
  • Early Childhood Special Education: Birth to Grade 3
  • Elementary Grades 1-6
  • Special Education (Mild/Moderate): Kindergarten-12
  • Middle School: Grades 5-9
    • Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Social Sciences
    • Science
  • Secondary: Grades 9-12
    • English
    • Foreign Language
      • French
      • German
      • Spanish
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies 

Certification or licensure: To teach in most elementary and secondary schools in this nation, one must be licensed or certified. The programs created for such purposes are usually designed, implemented and controlled by state departments of education. Colleges and universities must meet all the requirements imposed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Our program for teachers has been approved by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Our teacher certification program has also been approved and recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In order to be nationally accredited through NCATE, teacher preparation institutions must first be State approved. Saint Louis University has been approved for the past several decades by both the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and by NCATE. 

For information about specific course requirements for each area of certification, see the Saint Louis University Undergraduate Catalog.

  1. Non-certification Major in Education: A person may choose a major in education which does not include teacher certification. These students, with the approval of their advisor, will create a program to meet their specific interest while meeting the area of concentration requirements of the University.
  2. Graduate Programs: Master's and doctoral programs with areas of concentration in curriculum and instruction, special education, and foundations are provided through the Department of Educational Studies.

Brief Statement of Philosophy
Saint Louis University directs its educational efforts to help students develop to be critically reflective, socially responsible, and creatively engaged with the problems facing schools and families. The Department of Educational Studies speaks of the following habits which serve as guides in preparing our professional graduates:

  • The Habit of Service 
    The Ignatian term, "giving oneself over," sums up the goal of this aspect of service of our program in that it expresses the faculty's desire that students see their lives as an artistic expression of service to others, lives "given over" to the intellectual foundations which promote the welfare of those who are constrained by a lack of education and opportunity.
  • The Habit of Inquiry and Research 
    The Department's vision of education for all students sees an integral relationship between faith and reason, science and religion, the life of the mind and the life of charity or service, and action and reflection. The programs of the Department seek to cultivate a habit of sound scholarship and research by teaching students the relevance of intellectual excitement, academic inquiry, and scholarly research.
  • The Habit of Reflection 
    A Jesuit, Catholic program of professional education recognizes the centrality of the life of faith and the quest for meaning. Students are encouraged to develop their own philosophy of life, their own answers to questions of ultimate importance. The cultivation of the habit of reflection leads to a deeper appreciation of the way in which God is working in and through all things, a hallmark of Jesuit education.
  • The Habit of Leadership 
    The faculty recognize that leaders are chosen because they are qualified by their education, demonstrated talent, and desire to serve. Leadership can take many forms but we believe that it should be characterized by the habit of critical thinking based upon sound academic knowledge, by the habit of service and selflessness, and by the habit of global and inclusive vision derived from a belief in the profound goodness of the world and all God's creatures within it.


Higher purpose. Greater good.
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