Nov 19, 2018  
2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2018-2019 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.

The program is offered in Minnesota and Wisconsin and Jamaica.  Please see Teaching and Learning, M.Ed. - Jamaica  for specifics about the Jamaica location.

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 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.

Degree Requirements

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

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.


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Application Process

Applicants applying for the program offered in the United States must submit the following:

  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. (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 be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.
  3. 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

  1. Letters of Reference - Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability
  2. 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

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

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