Catholic School Educator Graduate Opportunities

The Catholic Studies Graduate Program’s Mission and Culture Two-Course Study provides Catholic school educators the principles to develop more mission-driven schools and classrooms and the opportunity to explore how their personal and professional vocations fit into the Catholic Church’s deep educational tradition.

The Mission and Culture Two-Course Study will help you:

Apply your knowledge to address the modern challenges of Catholic education and develop concrete strategies for making your classroom and school more mission-driven. 

Deepen your knowledge of Catholic approaches to education and learn how to ground your teaching in the unity of knowledge and the complementarity of faith and reason.

Apply these two courses and their associated workshops towards state requirements for teaching licensure renewal.

Continue your studies by applying your Mission and Culture Two-Course Study toward an MA in Catholic studies degree.

Build relationships with other area educators, and with staff from the Office for the Mission of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, within the rich and supportive learning environment of our hybrid online courses. To balance the need for community with an educator’s busy schedule, our hybrid courses make use of the best in contemporary online teaching tools while providing an opportunity for immersive study and shared worship at the St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies.

1. Fall 2018: History of Western Education

The heart of any culture, as well as its continuity, can be found in its educational tradition, the distillation for the next generation of its highest ideals and most important truths.  For the West this began with the Greeks, who set in place some five centuries before Christ, the main aspects of a tradition that lasted, with significant developments, up until very recent times.  This course will trace that tradition using both primary and secondary source material and will include the following: its origins in fifth century B.C. Greece; its universalization during the Hellenistic period; its encounter with Christianity in the Patristic era; its Christian instantiation under the Carolingian Empire; the great medieval educational synthesis and the rise of the university; the development of Renaissance humanism and the Ratio Studiorum of the Jesuits; Newman’s classic expression of the tradition in "The Idea of a University"; and the great challenge to that tradition and change that has taken place during the 19th and 20th centuries. View in ClassFinder

2. Spring 2019: Challenges of PreK-12 Education

This course explores the history, philosophy, and challenges of PreK-12 education in the United States. With a historical and comparative lens, students will engage the theoretical foundations upon which public, private, and Catholic schools have been built while also investigating how the changes that have happened within U.S. society, public education, and the Catholic Church have impacted Catholic and other religious-based schools in the United States. Discussions and assignments will focus on creative solutions to challenges facing Catholic and other non-public PreK-12 schools today. Students will research a current issue in Catholic or other non-public PreK-12 education and prepare a paper/presentation based on that research. Advanced workshops in the areas of Minnesota relicensure requirements are integrated into the course, allowing the practitioner and non-practitioner alike the opportunity to engage with current theory and practice in critical areas of professional development for educators. View in ClassFinder

  • The Mission and Culture Two-Course Study is available to current Catholic school educators.
  • Full cost of the sequence of study is $5,145.00 (two courses, six credits), and is offered at a 50% discount (a reduced total cost of $2,572.50), made possible through scholarships specifically available to Catholic school educators.
  • Because this is an ongoing faculty development opportunity, Catholic schools are encouraged to support their educators who participate in this study, by fully or partially funding the remaining 50% cost of the program, and by providing faculty development time for the two half-day, on-campus classes which are an integral part of the sequence of study.

Catholic school educators may begin taking courses in the Mission and Culture Two-Course Study by applying to the CSMA program as “non-degree students.” Applicants for entrance to the CSMA program at non-degree status must provide the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • An official copy of the applicant's transcript(s) verifying the completion of a Bachelor's Degree (BA or BS) from an accredited college or university. Applicants may have majored in any academic discipline but must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • One letter of recommendation from their principal or president.
  • A typed personal essay of not more than 700 words describing the applicant's interest in Catholic Studies and the Mission and Culture Two-Course Study and his or her reasons and goals for pursuing graduate study in this area.

Application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018, for spring 2019 admission. Applicants will be notified by Dec. 20, 2018, concerning admission and scholarship awards. Students may also be admitted on a rolling basis.

Two-Course Study students who later elect to pursue an MA in Catholic studies degree may apply up to two non-degree courses to the requirements for that degree.

“Catholic Studies was most influential in shaping my understanding of education, and more specifically, what a distinctly Catholic education looks like. It has well equipped me for teaching religion at a Catholic high school, as well as influenced in innumerable ways, my own views on how I seek to raise and educate my children.” – Kevin

“CSMA was a wonderful, comprehensive program that artfully brought together all elements of the Catholic faith in a rigorous way. The quality of the professors was high and the diversity of the student body was enriching. . . I learned a lot, grew in my faith, and feel qualified to serve in my current position as principal of a Catholic school.” – Alison

“Catholic Studies has given me a vision in which to live and work (teach) by. It also fosters daily discussion on family life. My husband also took a few Catholic studies classes. We keep up with daily discussion and reading on some of the great minds we met while at Sitzmann Hall: Newman, More, Dante, Mauriac, Greene, the Catechism, O’Connor, Aquinas, Benedict XVI, John Paul, Shakespeare…” – Laura