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If you choose to major in education at Saint Louis University, you will get hands-on experience starting your first semester. You can choose from a variety of concentrations, including early childhood 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 three different concentrations:

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.

Highlighted Courses

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.


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 leadershipbefore entering the workforce.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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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 2240: 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
  • EDF 3620: Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
  • SOC 1200: Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOC 3360: Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • CSD 3000: Characteristics of Multicultural Populations