Master of Education or Doctor of Education, Catholic Studies for Educators Concentration

Adding a Catholic Studies for Educators Concentration to 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 for Educators 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.

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Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
After acceptance to the university as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

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


  • Online
  • Blended with summer classes on our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition 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 for Educators 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.

Jadyn Nelson

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. After acceptance to the University as a candidate for graduate studies, we will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance into your academic program so you can enroll and begin your classes!

The following are examples of courses that will be offered for this program.

The Catholic Tradition
Utilize the framework of Dawson’s Six Ages of the Church by examining the Catholic thought and culture in an integrated fashion across multiple disciplines (such as theology, philosophy, history, literature, and the arts) in order to construct a coherent and beautiful vision of reality that draws from the Catholic intellectual tradition and her various cultural products.

History of Western Education
Examine the Greek philosophical tradition, Jewish revelatory tradition, and the Christian synthesis of both, especially concerning those traditions’ reflection on the nature of the human person and excellence or virtue, which is the basis of the Western tradition. Investigates the nature and purposes of Western education, tracing its unfolding over time, including challenges by modernism and its contemporary iterations.

John Henry Newman the Educator
Approach both the person of John Henry Newman and his extensive writings by examining how his vision of education arises out of his work as friend, scholar, tutor, professor, and priest. By mastering the principles he discovered and promoted, students will relate this Catholic vision to their own situation within the task of education.

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