Our Schools and Departments
The College of Education, Leadership and Counseling is uniquely comprised of five total departments housed in the School of Education or the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Our five departments allow for a wide range of faculty content expertise and robust resources for our students.
Learn more about our departments below:
The Graduate School of Professional Psychology focuses on training students in counseling psychology by teaching clinical skills within the framework of ethical practice, pairing progressive courses with field work to prepare counselors to provide personal, emotion and career counseling services. The Master of Arts degree, developed in the mid-1970, and the Doctor of Psychology degree, initiated in 1990, use the practitioner-scholar method to equip professionals to serve the public and private mental health fields. The Doctor of Psychology program was accredited by the American Psychological Association in 2000 and continues to successfully prepare students to be skilled, well-rounded leaders in the high-demand field of psychology. Through this process, you also will gain a personal and professional network that will support and encourage you all along the way.
The University of St. Thomas is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Programs in Education Leadership lead to a graduate-level master of arts degree, education specialist degree or a doctorate in education. The University of St. Thomas takes pride in its ethical roots; our faculty members are committed to exercising and expanding your values of a democratic and pluralistic society, while preparing you to successfully lead and administer a school, program or agency. You’ll work closely with professional educators and peers to build a lifelong network of support.
The Department of Leadership integrates perspectives from multiple disciplines in preparing leaders for the changing worlds of leadership, organization development and organizational change. Our scholar-practitioner faculty provides courses with leading-edge thinking and real world application. A network of classmates, faculty, alumni and respected professionals throughout the community is available to you to contribute to your learning, enhance your career and enrich your life. As a graduate you will be equipped to lead the human side of diverse, complex systems; learning and change to keep organizations healthy; the use of technology in enhancing organization effectiveness; and strategic change in an uncertain environment.
In the Department of Special & Gifted Education, programs are geared toward classroom learning and hands-on application. The University of St. Thomas is dedicated to advancing opportunities for diverse populations of people with special needs. Here, you’ll be prepared to enter the high-demand field of special education as a confident, skilled professional backed by an unmatched network of support. All licensure programs in special education meet the most recent licensure requirements established by the State of Minnesota and are endorsed by the Council for Exceptional Children.
Successfully helping educators flourish in mind, passion and career since 1917, programs within the University of St. Thomas's Department of Teacher Education prepare educators to work in elementary, secondary and K – 12 education. As we have done for thousands of students, we are here to help you gain professional skills, an ethical mindset and hands-on practice through expertly taught coursework and engaging field experiences with professional education partners. Along the way, you will also become part of an unsurpassed network of faculty, students and alumni. All teaching licensure programs meet the most recent licensure requirements established by the State of Minnesota and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.