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Explore SLU's Education, Service and Social Justice Fields

You know that changing the world starts at the grassroots level. If you see yourself working with people and in communities to educate, improve health or nurture spirits, a career in education, service or social justice may be right for you. Explore all Saint Louis University has to offer. 

See how SLU researchers are engaging with community partners to seek a more just and equitable St. Louis for all. 

As a mission-driven Jesuit institution, SLU plays an active role in improving the communities around us, from the city of St. Louis outside our front door to across the country and around the world. 

Graduate Ready for Your Career in Education, Service or Social Justice  

Your chance to make a difference starts from day one at SLU. Through immersion trips, in classrooms and through service opportunities, you'll be exposed to the real settings and issues that you'll encounter in your working life.

I found SLU’s School of Education to be unlike any other university’s program because the education students are working with children in local schools their freshmen year. The fact that SLU’s School of Education incorporates the Jesuit mission into its curriculum and teachings was very special to me and is exactly why I knew this field at SLU was for me."

Isabel Briscoe, Class of 2021

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for careers in education, community and social service occupations is good. Even better, 94% of our alumni were “satisfactorily occupied” within six months of graduating from Saint Louis University. You'll find SLU grads working at hundreds of companies and organizations, including the following: 

  • American Red Cross
  • Mercy Health Ministry
  • St. Louis Public Schools
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Americorps
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • State of Missouri
  • Archdiocese of St. Louis

Education, Service and Social Justice Careers by the Numbers

14%

Growth expected in community and social service occupations*

109K

New jobs expected in social work between 2016 and 2026*

69K

Teaching positions in the state of Missouri

10.2%

of total U.S. private sector employment is in the nonprofit sector

Highlighted Careers in Education, Service and Social Justice

Experience Hands-on Learning

Start making a difference from your first day on campus.  Here are a few ways you can stretch your education, service and social justice skills while still in college at SLU.

Immersion Trips

 The Campus Ministry Spring Break Immersion Program will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone in order to accompany people on the margins and to critically engage with the social injustices facing those people — and to allow yourself to be radically transformed in the process.

Service Learning 

More than 80 courses at SLU integrate service into academics, helping you gain a deeper understanding of problems faced by many people.

Field Experience

Go from learning in classrooms to teaching in classrooms with Saint Louis University’s School of Education field experience opportunities. You'll have the opportunity to teach in diverse settings including urban, suburban, rural, private, public and parochial schools, preparing you for your career as you serve the community around you.

 

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* According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics