University is only Minnesota school to tie 18 graduate-level
content credits in English to master’s degree

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Beginning May 2017, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will offer 18 credits of graduate-level coursework in English in a convenient online format. This coursework will satisfy requirements set forth by the Higher Learning Commission for those teaching college courses in secondary schools and at two-year colleges. Additionally, these 18 credits can be applied toward a Master of Arts in Education degree.

Saint Mary’s is only one of three schools in Minnesota offering this specific programming and is the only school applying the credits to a master’s degree.

This English coursework is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the ways in which language, critical perspective, and cultural situation impact the composition and analysis of texts. Each of the six courses offered responds to the needs of those seeking to become qualified concurrent enrollment instructors within the discipline of English.

Interested students may choose to:

  • complete some or all of the 18 credits you need in order to satisfy requirements to teach college-level coursework
  • complete an additional 18 credits to earn a Master of Arts in Education with English Specialization for those looking to complete the degree

For those looking to complete the full master’s degree, core coursework will be offered when minimum enrollment numbers are reached.

For more information or to register, go to

Additional content areas are in development and will begin throughout the year. Contact Michelle Dougherty, enrollment counselor for the Graduate School of Education, at or 612-728-5122 for more details.

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