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  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 SGPP Catalog and Handbook

Teaching and Learning, M.Ed.


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The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program is designed for licensed, practicing teachers and educators, who want to earn a master’s degree while supported by experienced facilitators in a learning community. The 36 credit program allows teachers to identify, investigate, and transform their teaching and learning. Learners will connect inquiry to their discipline and apply their learning directly to their classroom.

M.Ed. learners explore aspects of teacher identity and examine best practices and theory as part of individual, community, and program-wide learning experiences.

Program Outcomes

By the end of the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program graduates are expected to be

  1. self-aware individuals, understanding the influence of unique talents, personalities, perspectives, biases, and experiences;
  2. reflective practitioners, integrating metacognition and coaching thinking into practice;
  3. scholarly educators, understanding and negotiating the complexities of teaching and learning;
  4. designers, approaching design with intention;
  5. collaborators, utilizing various skills that foster positive interdependent relationships;
  6. inquirers, leading with curiosity, being open to wonder and ambiguity; and
  7. leaders, validating and embracing the role as teacher leaders.

Program Structure and Delivery

The M.Ed. program requires learning community members to complete 36 credits, 30 of which are completed in the learning community. The remaining six elective/transfer credits can be graduate level courses transferred in prior to the acceptance to the M.E. program, or credits earned from elective courses during the program. Credits taken after the start of the program must be taken through the GPDE program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota to be accepted as elective credits.

Courses that count toward the M.Ed. degree are offered at sites convenient for learners, meeting one Saturday a month. A 1-day conference is held on the Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus during each of the spring semesters, with a fall conference for year two communities held during the second year of the program. The weekend conferences are part of the community learning experience as they allow learners to engage in dialogue and networking beyond the individual learning community.

Courses in the program are delivered in a blended format, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner. Individuals who posses the following skills benefit most from the M.Ed program: an openness toward collaboration and a willingness to work with others, good time management, the ability to work independently, strong written communication, and the willingness to work with technology.

Transfer Credit Policy

Elective/transfer credits taken prior to starting the M.Ed. program will be considered for transfer if they meet the following criteria:

  • Completed through an accredited college or university;
  • Completed within five years from starting the M.Ed. program;
  • Received a B- or higher and
  • Graduate level.

Degree Requirements


Required Courses 30 cr.
Transfer Credits/GPDE Elective Courses 6 cr.
Total 36 cr.

Elective Courses/Transfer Credits: 6 cr.


You are required to complete six semester elective/transfer credits. Transfer credits from other institutions completed prior to official registration for the M.Ed. program will be accepted as stated in the transfer credit policy. Elective credits must be completed through the GPDE program.

Application Process


Applicants must submit:

  1. Application and Fee - Completed online application and nonrefundable $25 application fee. (Fee not required for alumni, students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel.)
  2. Official Transcripts - An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor’s degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. Transcripts must be received from the credit-granting institution in a sealed envelope. Saint Mary’s cannot accept transcripts that have been previously scanned, faxed, emailed, opened, marked, or damaged in any way. To order your official transcripts, please contact the credit-granting institution directly. If you are submitting transcripts from countries other than the U.S., please see the international student section below.
  3. Personal Statement - A one-two page personal statement which includes:
    1. A brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience
    2. A statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program
    3. A description of the area(s) which the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities
    4. Personal information the applicant wishes to share
  4. Letters of Reference - Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability
  5. Résumé - A current résumé listing educational background and work experience

Once all materials are submitted the applicant will be contacted by program staff for a possible enrollment interview.

Letters of reference, resume and personal statement can be sent to tcadmission@smumn.edu.

Other application materials can be sent to:

Office of Admission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
2500 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

If you have questions regarding admissions please contact us at (612) 728-5100 or (866) 437-2788.

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