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.
By the end of the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program graduates are expected to be
- self-aware individuals, understanding the influence of unique talents, personalities, perspectives, biases, and experiences;
- reflective practitioners, integrating metacognition and coaching thinking into practice;
- scholarly educators, understanding and negotiating the complexities of teaching and learning;
- designers, approaching design with intention;
- collaborators, utilizing various skills that foster positive interdependent relationships;
- inquirers, leading with curiosity, being open to wonder and ambiguity; and
- 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 or GPDI 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.
|Transfer Credits/GPDE or GPDI Elective Courses
Required Courses: 30 cr.
Students starting in Spring 2019 take MED633 and MED634 instead of MED625.
Elective Courses/Transfer Credits: 6 cr.
Students 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 or GPDI program.
Applicants applying for the program offered in the United States must submit the following:
- 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.)
- 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. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must have a course-by-course evaluation completed from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org). These would preferably be completed by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators and must be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
- Personal Statement - A one-two page personal statement which includes:
a. A brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience
b. A statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program
c. A description of the area(s) which the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities
d. Personal information the applicant wishes to share
- Letters of Reference - Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other application materials can be sent to:
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 728-5100 or (866) 437-2788.
Applicants applying for the program offered in Jamaica must submit the following:
- Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
- An official transcript issued to Catholic College of Mandeville from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits.(An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution.
- A reflective essay which includes the following:
a. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
b. statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
c. description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
d. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
- Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
- A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
Application materials should be sent to:
Catholic College of Mandeville
Attn: M.Ed. Program
Jamaica, West Indies