The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program in Jamaica is designed for practicing teachers and education professionals who want to earn a master’s degree while supported and instructed by a team of experienced facilitators in a learning community. The 36-credit program allows educators to identify, investigate, and transform their teaching and learning. Learners will connect inquiry to their discipline and apply their learning directly to their own educational setting.
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 core credits plus 6 elective credits.
Courses that count toward the M.Ed. degree are offered at the Catholic College of Mandeville, meeting one weekend a month. Two program wide conferences, one in the fall and one in the spring, allow for an intentional focus on the action research process. 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 traditional format, allowing for integration of face-to-face classroom meetings and between weekend reflective practice activities. Individuals who possess 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.