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School of Education Announces New Master of Arts in Education Principles and Practices


Saint Louis University’s School of Education is excited to announce the creation of a new degree option—the Master of Arts in Education Principles and Practices. 

This new program is relevant to current trends in the field of education; its courses focus on the goals and interests of the individual student, while addressing context-specific challenges in classrooms and schools more broadly. The program is designed to provide individuals with the tools necessary to improve in their everyday work with youth, communicate research-based best practices to diverse audiences, and collaborate with local stakeholders to work for change.

The degree requires 32 hours of coursework, including 15 hours of foundational core coursework, a two-credit capstone project, and an additional 15 hours in a chosen area of specialization. There are three areas of specialization: advanced literacy methods, inclusive practice, and educational equity. The same areas of specialization that can be pursued as part of the master’s degree are also offered as stand-alone certificates.

“We are especially excited about offering certificates as part of the new master’s degree,” said Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D., director of the new program.

Each certificate was designed in consultation with local school leaders to address current challenges in local schools. We love the idea that teachers who already hold master’s degrees can sign up for additional focused professional learning opportunities here at SLU. 

Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.

The advanced literacy methods certificate is designed for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning in literacy. Individuals in this concentration will study literacy methods, the role of literacy in content area learning, and the role of talk and literature in the literacy learning process. Students will gain tools and knowledge that they can use to design generative literacy learning experiences and communicate with stakeholders about best practices in culturally relevant literacy instruction.

The certificate in inclusive practice aims to provide classroom teachers and educational advocates with tools to support the social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly students with both suspected and diagnosed disabilities. Individuals pursuing this specialty will take courses covering behavior management, differentiated instruction, mental health literacy, and systems-level supports for learners with special needs. In addition, this certificate involves a year-long, site-based practicum that allows teachers and local stakeholders to experience hands-on support for the daily work of teaching.

The educational equity certificate option helps individuals learn to identify, challenge, and disrupt inequitable patterns in school and communities. The coursework in this concentration provides individuals with the tools necessary to talk about race and racism, respond to student disengagement in school, construct culturally responsive curriculum, and build authentic relationships with youth from diverse racial groups, class backgrounds, language communities, and sexual orientations. The certificate connects like-minded individuals to current equity initiatives underway in local school districts and facilitates collective strategizing and sharing of knowledge in those settings.

Completion of the master’s program will prepare individuals for a variety of future careers such as curriculum coordinator, teacher educator, professional development provider, educational outreach coordinator, nonprofit specialist, special educator, adult educator, or educational advocate. Evening courses are available to accommodate a teaching schedule, and entry into the program is open in fall, spring, or summer. The M.A. in Education Principles and Practices is affordable — $585 per credit hour — and will allow individuals to earn this high-quality degree for under ten thousand dollars per year.

Buehler stated that overall, the new master’s degree, “creates a space for students to think deeply about current issues and challenges in education. We want to serve people who work in area schools as well as individuals who work with youth in out-of-school contexts. Our courses are designed to equip teachers and educational advocates with knowledge and skill to improve in their everyday practice and work collaboratively for educational and social change.”

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