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Prepare for a Career in Education, Service or Social Justice

Explore SLU's Education, Service and Social Justice Fields

You know that changing the world starts at the grassroots level. If you see yourself working with people and in communities to educate, improve health or nurture spirits, a career in education, service or social justice may be right for you. Explore all Saint Louis University has to offer.

See how SLU researchers are engaging with community partners to seek a more just and equitable St. Louis for all.

As a mission-driven Jesuit institution, SLU plays an active role in improving the communities around us, from the city of St. Louis outside our front door to across the country and around the world.

Graduate Ready for Your Career in Education, Service or Social Justice

Your chance to make a difference starts from day one at SLU. Through immersion trips, in classrooms and through service opportunities, you'll be exposed to the real settings and issues that you'll encounter in your working life.

I found SLU’s School of Education to be unlike any other university’s program because the education students are working with children in local schools their freshmen year. The fact that SLU’s School of Education incorporates the Jesuit mission into its curriculum and teachings was very special to me and is exactly why I knew this field at SLU was for me."

Isabel Briscoe, Class of 2021

Where Do SLU's Education, Service or Social Justice Alumni Work?

According to data from Equifax Consumer reporting agency company, employers for graduates of SLU's education, service and social justice programs include:

  • Saint Louis University
  • Special School District of St. Louis County
  • St. Louis Public Schools
  • Action Without Borders Inc.
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • City Year Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
  • St. Patrick Center

Education, Service and Social Justice Careers by the Numbers


growth expected in community and social service occupations*


average salary for alumni from SLU education, service and social justice programs five years after graduation**


teaching positions in the state of Missouri


of total U.S. private sector employment is in the nonprofit sector

Highlighted Careers in Education, Service and Social Justice

Experience Hands-on Learning

Start making a difference from your first day on campus. Here are a few ways you can stretch your education, service and social justice skills while still in college at SLU.

Immersion Trips

The Campus Ministry Spring Break Immersion Program will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone in order to accompany people on the margins and to critically engage with the social injustices facing those people — and to allow yourself to be radically transformed in the process.

Service Learning

More than 80 courses at SLU integrate service into academics, helping you gain a deeper understanding of problems faced by many people.

Field Experience

Go from learning in classrooms to teaching in classrooms with Saint Louis University’s School of Education field experience opportunities. You'll have the opportunity to teach in diverse settings including urban, suburban, rural, private, public and parochial schools, preparing you for your career as you serve the community around you.

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* According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
** According to data from Equifax Consumer reporting agency company