Professional Education Unit

Saint Mary’s College is a Catholic, residential, women’s college in the liberal arts tradition. The College is an academic community where women develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world. Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, Saint Mary’s promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility. All members of the College remain faithful to this mission and continually assess their response to the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world.

The students

There are more than 1,500 students who come from nearly all-50 states and 8 other countries. Approximately 82 percent of students live on campus and are guaranteed housing all four years.

The education

Saint Mary’s has six nationally accredited programs and more than 30 majors to help students pursue a meaningful career and make a difference in the world, with an average class size of 16. There are 243,986 volumes in the library.

Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” in the U. S. News & World Report 2012 College Guide.

The Professional Education Unit

The unit is small with 6 full-time faculty in 2012-2013.  The unit graduated 40 Elementary Education majors and 18 Secondary Education minors in 2011.  In 2012, 38 Elementary Education majors and 19 Secondary Education minors graduated.  

The unit regularly meets with the Teacher Education Council, made up of representatives from departments across campus and with the Cooperative Council, made up of representatives of its school partners.

Included here is the feedback rubric used by the Senior Vice President, Dean of Faculty when she reviewed the Department's 2011 Assessment Plan.