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2019-2020 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2019-2020 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Wisconsin, M.A.

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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Education-Wisconsin program encourages the integration of personal and professional experience into the structure of graduate work. The program is based on the premise that much growth occurs in the context of self-directed learning and that rigorous, scholarly study must be balanced with experience and personal goals.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Masters of Arts in Education-Wisconsin program, the graduate is expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Use relevant, current educational effectiveness research to design and implement coherent instruction and learning activities.
  2. Align content, pedagogy, and knowledge of students to engage diverse learners in achieving developmentally appropriate learning objectives.
  3. Assess student learning progress and performance compared to education standards, using appropriate measurement tools and methods.
  4. Promote recognition of bias, fairness, and equity to create an environment of respect and rapport.   
  5. Use technology and information systems in communication, instructional design, and lesson delivery to enhance student achievement.  
  6. Demonstrate proficient levels of written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills in a variety of situations.
  7. Model professionalism through ethical, reflective practice and documented service, leadership, and positive collaboration.

Program Structure and Delivery

The Master of Arts in Education-Wisconsin program is a total of 32 semester credits.  Instructors bring the core classes to the students at convenient sites throughout Wisconsin in a combination of blended learning with online delivery.  Independent learning progresses online through one-on-one mentoring with a faculty advisor.

During the program, students develop comprehensive portfolios addressing the 10 Wisconsin State Teaching Standards and present the portfolio to a panel of professionals as their culminating activity.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses 20 cr.
Independent Study Courses 12 cr.
Total 32 cr.


The faculty members and advisers for the Master of Arts in Education—Wisconsin program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty members are selected for their educational and professional experience and expertise. The directors, advisors, and faculty are apprised of the current Wisconsin standards for teachers, and they intentionally structure course content around these standards. Advisers work with students in the development and evaluation of independent study courses and with their portfolios.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to master’s degree programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 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. 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 ServicesEducational Credential EvaluatorsEducational 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. 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 their reasons for seeking admission to the program; and

c. description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and

d. personal information the applicant wishes to share.

  1. Two letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  2. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  3. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

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

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