Degrees and Certificates

  

MA - Special Education (License/Non license)

Master of Arts – Special Education (License/Non license)

Special education teachers are champions for the common good. And when it comes to teaching students with disabilities, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. Every student has unique abilities. Educators require the knowledge and skills to assess their students’ capabilities and needs, then develop relevant, individualized goals and instructional plans for attaining success. The University of St. Thomas can prepare you to help every student succeed. That's what it means to be all for the common good.

View information on all six of our special education license and MA programs on our College website. In addition to online, we offer on-campus and off-campus program options. If you don't know yet which format best meets your needs, sign up to attend a Virtual (Online) Information Session.

FAST FACTS

FORMAT: Online, includes asynchronous and synchronous methods, multi-media, and ADA accessible

START DATES:Fall, Spring and Summer

(and two 8 week sessions per semester so up to six sessions a year)

Please see college website for current dates

LICENSES: 6 special education license options; first MN teaching license option or add-on license option

FACULTY: Full-time and adjunct faculty; subject matter experts who are committed to online pedagogy

 

CLASS LENGTH: 8 weeks with 6 sessions a year

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please see college website for application deadlines by term.

FINANCIAL AID: Scholarships and financial aid are available for those who qualify

ACCREDITATION: HLC (Higher Learning Commission) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). Our special education license programs address teacher licensure requirements established by the state of Minnesota and approved by the Board of Teaching.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the requirements in the Online Learning Checklist document, the on-line program requires you to have a webcam (built-in or external) and a headset with microphone.

TECH SUPPORT: Tutorials, orientations and support 7 days a week

 

FIELD EXPERIENCE ASSIGNMENTS: Although class time is all online, many courses have applied assignments to be completed in schools or community settings. Applicants need to either work in a school or have connections with schools.

CLINICAL PRACTICE: License candidates complete a 1-3 credit clinical practice/student teaching. Clinical practice can be done on the job if the setting meets the license criteria. Both a mentor teacher and university supervisor are on your team.

SPECIALIZATIONS

The University of St. Thomas offers 6 special education Minnesota license options:

Master of Arts in Special Education

The Master of Arts in Special Education preparation involves 4 additional credits (CIED 500 and SPED 799) beyond the courses and credits required for licensure, and includes a final project that is professionally relevant, challenging, and useful.

Current Teachers

Our online license program is a great fit for those pursuing a Minnesota special education license who already have at least one Minnesota teaching license. License credits, if you already have at least one Minnesota teaching license, range from 26-33. Program advisors will review your transcript for any possible course substitution from any recent coursework you completed at another university.

New Teachers

Our online license program is a great fit if you're pursuing your very first Minnesota teaching license and either already work in a school or have the ability to complete applied field experience work in schools. In addition to special education field experience hours in schools, new teachers also add on an additional 13 credits of Standards of Effective Practice coursework (4 courses plus two 30-hour general education field experiences).

M.A. Non-license Option

The M.A. non-license option is for those who are already licensed but want an M.A., or for those in a different field who would like the M.A. special education expertise or those outside of Minnesota who would like an MA special education credential. There are no clinical practice or state license requirements for the M.A. non-license option.

License - Special Education

License - Special Education

Special education teachers are champions for the common good. And when it comes to teaching students with disabilities, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. Every student has unique abilities. Educators require the knowledge and skills to assess their students’ capabilities and needs, then develop relevant, individualized goals and instructional plans for attaining success. The University of St. Thomas can prepare you to help every student succeed. That's what it means to be all for the common good.

Our fully online licensure program includes courses, applied assignments, and clinical practice experiences in preparation for a Minnesota special education license in

The license option targets those in Minnesota pursuing a Minnesota special education license Those applicants who live and work in non-Minnesota states are advised toward the MA non-license plan or one of the certificates (ASD or BCBA) since we do not have the capacity to do field experience and clinical practice outside of Minnesota at this time.

In addition to online, the University of St. Thomas offers programs on campus and in other metro locations. Join us for an upcoming virtual (online) information session where we can answer your individual questions and help you start your journey to serving children, families and communities.

FAST FACTS

FORMAT: Online, includes asynchronous and synchronous methods, multi-media, and ADA accessible

START DATES: Fall, Spring  and Summer;

(and two 8 week sessions per semester so up to six sessions a year)

 

Please see college website for current dates

LICENSES: 6 special education license options; first MN teaching license option or add-on license option

FACULTY: Full-time and adjunct faculty; subject matter experts who are committed to online pedagogy

CLASS LENGTH: 8 weeks with 6 sessions a year

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please see college website for application deadlines by term.

FINANCIAL AID: Scholarships and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

ACCREDITATION: HLC (Higher Learning Commission) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). Our special education license programs address teacher licensure requirements established by the state of Minnesota and approved by the Board of Teaching.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the requirements in the Online Learning Checklist document, the on-line program requires you to have a webcam (built-in or external) and a headset with microphone.

TECH SUPPORT: Tutorials, orientations and support 7 days a week

 

FIELD EXPERIENCE ASSIGNMENTS: Although class time is all online, many courses have applied assignments to be completed in schools (or occasionally, community settings). Applicants need to either work in a school or have connections with schools.

CLINICAL PRACTICE: License candidates complete a 1-3 credit clinical practice/student teaching. Clinical practice can be done on the job if the setting meets the license criteria. Both a mentor teacher and university supervisor are on your team.

SPECIALIZATIONS

The University of St. Thomas offers 6 special education Minnesota license options:

Master of Arts in Special Education

The Master of Arts in Special Education preparation involves 4 additional credits (CIED 500 and SPED 799) beyond the courses and credits required for licensure, and includes a final project that is professionally relevant, challenging, and useful.

Current Teachers

Our online license program is a great fit for those pursuing a Minnesota special education license who already have at least one Minnesota teaching license. License credits, if you already have at least one Minnesota teaching license, range from 26-33. Program advisors will review your transcript for any possible course substitution from any recent coursework you completed at another university.

 

New Teachers

Our online license program is a great fit if you're pursuing your very first Minnesota teaching license and either already work in a school or have the ability to complete applied field experience work in schools. In addition to special education field experience hours in schools, new teachers also add on an additional 13 credits of Standards of Effective Practice coursework (4 courses plus two 30-hour general education field experiences).

M.A. Non-license Option

The M.A. non-license option is for those who are already licensed but want an M.A., or for those in a different field who would like the M.A. special education expertise or those outside of Minnesota who would like an MA special education credential. There are no clinical practice or state license requirements for the M.A. non-license option.

Certificate - Autism Spectrum Disorders

Certificate - Autism Spectrum Disorders

Discover the ways that autism spectrum disorders challenge a student in the areas of communication, socialization and behaviors, and affect a student’s thinking; perceiving; sensory processing; motor; vocational; academic; and organizational skills. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to positively impact pre-school, elementary, teen and young adult learners with autism spectrum disorders in both classroom and community settings. We'll prepare you to help every student succeed. That's what it means to be all for the common good.

In addition to online, the University of St. Thomas offers 6 special education licenses and M.A. programs, both on-campus and in several metro locations, including ASD. Join us for an upcoming virtual (online) information session where we can answer your individual questions and help you start your journey to serving children, families and communities.

FAST FACTS

FORMAT: Online

START DATES:Fall, Spring and Summer ((and two 8 week sessions per semester; up to  six sessions a year)

Please see college website for current dates.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Please see college website for application deadlines by term.

CLASS LENGTH: 8 weeks

TECH SUPPORT: Tutorials, orientations and 7 days a week tech support.

TUITION: $750/credit

ACCREDITATION: HLC (Higher Learning Commission), NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). All of our programs address teacher licensure requirements established by the state of Minnesota and approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

Certificate: ASD

In addition to the license and MA option, the University of St. Thomas offers an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate.

This includes 12-15 credits in these graduate level courses:

SPED 750: Survey of Exceptionality

SPED 785: Behavior Management

SPED 716: Fundamentals for Students with Mild to Moderate Needs

SPED 702: Social and Communication Skills ASD

SPED 703: Methods and Materials ASD

DOCTORATE – SOCIAL WORK

Doctorate – Social Work

The Doctorate in Social Work is designed to fill a gap in social work doctoral education as the first program of its kind to focus on preparing social work faculty specifically for university-level teaching and leadership in higher education. Strong social work practitioners with an MSW degree will gain the skills and credentials to teach and lead in the social work profession and become stewards of the discipline.

MBA – Part-time

MBA – Part-time

Our new program design provides the flexibility to personalize your MBA experience. You set the pace. You choose the mix of traditional and blended delivery. And with half of the credits being elective and more than 50 courses to choose from, you customize the content. Whether you want to dive more deeply into a specialization or develop general business skills, you can build the MBA that’s right for you.

The St. Thomas part-time MBA was ranked best in Minnesota because of our focus on our students and their success. From your first MBA class, you will begin to develop the knowledge, practical experience and insights to excel in your career.

Join our network of more than 17,000 alumni and 900 MBA students who work in a variety of industries in Minnesota and around the globe and be part of this uncommon experience.

 

MBA - Health Care

MBA - Health Care

Understand health care through a business lens and business through a health care lens. Delivered via an innovative combination of on-campus and distance learning, the St. Thomas Health Care MBA connects you with experienced faculty and talented peers from all sectors of the industry. The resulting program allows you to seize opportunities to innovate and create value in the health care system.

 

MS - Health Care Communication

MS -  Health Care Communication

The Master of Science in Health Care Communication is an innovative, year-long program designed to merge health care industry knowledge with leading-edge communications expertise. Whether you are an experienced communicator with a desire to work in the health care sector, or a health care industry professional seeking to play a larger role in strategic communications, this degree program has been designed to give you the tools and confidence you need to achieve your goals.

 

Online LL.M. in Organizational Ethics and Compliance‌

Beginning in January 2018, the University of St. Thomas School of Law will offer an online LL.M. degree program in Organizational Ethics and Compliance in addition to its on-campus option. This is a 17-month program operating in a cohort model and running four consecutive semesters, with the first class beginning in January 2018 and ending in May 2019. Each cohort will be limited to 25 students. 

Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning

Ed.D. in Leadership and Learning

Our new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Learning seeks to prepare current and future K-12, higher education and adult education leaders to engage in and advocate for continuous improvement, systematic reform and social justice within educational institutions and communities. The Doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Learning coursework has been developed to meet your scheduling needs and provides working professionals with the opportunity to obtain this doctoral degree while maintaining a reasonable work-life balance. During the fall and spring terms, students will participate in on-line coursework. Each summer students will gather for classes with members of their cohort during the last two weeks in July. You will know your professors, and they will know you. You will develop relationships and create networks with your cohort members that will last a lifetime.