Adding a Catholic Studies Concentration onto your Master of Education or Doctor of Education degree will help you excel in your career as a Catholic educator and leader.

At the University of Mary, we believe strongly in the value of an education infused with the doctrine and teachings of the Church and the Magisterium. We are proud to offer a Catholic Studies Concentration to our Master of Education and Doctor of Education students. By completing this concentration, you’ll gain the knowledge you’ll need to infuse your own classroom with Catholic teaching and position yourself for a successful career as a Catholic school teacher or administrator.

At a Glance

1.8 million
Number of U.S. students enrolled in Catholic school

Program Length

13 credits in addition to an MEd or EdD program


  • Blended, mostly online with three courses occuring at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Cost per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Catholic Educators
  • Teachers Entering a Catholic Education School System
  • Church Leaders

Career Paths

  • Catholic School Teacher
  • Catholic School Administrator
  • Educational Leader
  • Catholic Nonprofit Director
  • Catholic University Leaders

What You’ll Learn

Our Catholic Studies Concentration will give you a strong foundation in Catholic thought, culture, and doctrine, providing you with strategies for integrating Catholicism into a classroom environment or educational program. When you earn this concentration, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of Catholic pedagogy.
  • Incorporate the Church’s teachings throughout all areas of the classroom, not only during religion classes.
  • Understand the history of Western education, including modern challenges.
  • Apply principles of Catholic education to issues including theories of the human person and human flourishing, diversity in educational philosophies and trends, use of technology, theories of instruction and assessment, the relationship between parochial and public education systems, etc.

Interested in Catholic Studies? The University of Mary also offers an MA in Catholic Studies.

As the president of a Catholic school, I understand the challenges that face our teachers in their effort to provide an authentically Catholic education: Catholic in its culture, intellectual tradition, and educational practices. I am inspired by the work that has been done to meet these needs through the creation of the Catholic Studies Concentration. These newly designed courses will be a great benefit to anyone who desires to teach with the mind of the Church.

Fr. Jadyn Nelson President, Bishop Ryan Catholic School

Program Details

Enrollment in a University of Mary MEd or EdD program

  • Blended, mostly online with three courses occuring at our main campus in Bismarck, ND
  • Tuition: $540/credit
  • Technology fee: $30 per credit

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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