Education Principles and Practices, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Education Principles and Practices at Saint Louis University's School of Education is an innovative, in-residence degree program designed to serve teachers and leaders working in schools as well as education advocates who work in out-of-school contexts.

Through core coursework accompanied by courses in a chosen area of specialization — advanced literacy methods, inclusive practice or educational equity — students gain tools to improve in their everyday work with youth, communicate research-based best practices to diverse audiences, and work for change in collaboration with local stakeholders. 

Curriculum Overview

The degree requires the completion of 32 credits of coursework (five core courses and five courses in a chosen area of specialization), a two-credit-hour capstone project and an oral examination.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

All courses include site-based applications of educational concepts and processes. Through the capstone project, students conduct action research designed to enhance their daily practice and/or spark change in their individual educational context.


The master’s degree in education principles and practices prepares students for a variety of roles including school team leader, curriculum coordinator, teacher educator, professional development provider, educational outreach coordinator, nonprofit specialist, special educator, adult educator and educational advocate.

Admission Requirements

  • Application form
  • Transcript(s)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Professional goal statement

Application Deadlines

Domestic students should apply for the fall semester by June 15, for the spring semester by Nov. 1, and for the summer semester by April 1. International students should apply by May 1 for the fall semester, by Oct. 1 for the spring semester, and by Feb. 1 for the summer semester.

Review Process

A committee reviews each application holistically.


Tuition Cost Per Credit
School of Education Master's programs and Graduate Certificates $650

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  1. Graduates will be able to critically analyze scholarly work in the field of education.
  2. Graduates will be able to apply research-based best practices to problems grounded in educational literature.
  3. Graduates will be able to communicate research-based best practices to diverse educational stakeholders.
  4. Graduates will be able to collaborate with a variety of educational stakeholders.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate understanding of the structures that influence the provision of educational services (including policies, laws, and governmental systems). 
Required Courses
EDI 5920Collaborative Leadership and Communication3
EDF 6650Seminar: History of American Education3
EPE 5250Contemporary Issues in Education Policy3
EDF 6960Project Guidance2
Psychology Elective
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Educational Psychology
Advanced Growth and Development
Advanced Studies in Psych/Educ the Exceptional Child
Research Elective
Select one of the following:3
General Research Methods for Education
Intro to Inferential Stats: Ed
Qualitative Research in Education
Evaluation of Education Programs
Choose a Specialization15
Total Credits32

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
EDR 5000General Research Methods 3
Certificate Requirement #1 3
EPE 5250Contemporary Issues in Education Policy 3
Certificate Requirement #2 3
EDF 5300Advanced Educational Psychology 3
Certificate Requirement #3 3
Year Two
EDF 6650History of Education 3
Certificate Requirement #4 3
EDI 5920Collaborative Leadership and Communication 3
Certificate Requirement #5 3
EPE 6960Capstone Project 2
 Total Credits32

Some courses are also available during the Summer term.

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Saint Louis University School of Education