Jamaican students

Join a Community of Learners in Jamaica

The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning—Jamaica program is designed for educators who want to earn a master’s degree as part of a professional learning community. 

Learners in the program represent educators in a variety of areas such as K–12 education, higher education, and training and development in other fields such as nurse training, agricultural education, and many others. The program is offered in partnership with the Catholic College of Mandeville (CCM) in Jamaica, where courses are offered. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is the degree-granting institution.

Program Highlights

  • You can expect hands-on, practical, and meaningful course content. You will be able to implement what you learned on the weekend at your workplace on Monday morning.
  • This nontraditional program is learner-centered, active, community-based, and focuses on your specific research needs or interests.
  • Each course is taught by an expert practitioner currently working in the field who has an earned doctorate degree.
  • Courses meet face-to-face one weekend a month.
  • The program's culminating project is to lead a roundtable dialog focused on your final action research at a program-wide professional conference.
  • Collaborate online with other M.Ed. learners who teach in the same grade level and/or content area and access a wealth of specialized resources culled especially for educators.
  • Throughout the length of the program, experience learning in an interdependent community setting where you will build trust with your colleagues that enables a unique, dynamic level of learning


Catholic College of Mandeville
Attn: M.Ed. Program
Williamsfield P.O.
Jamaica, West Indies
876-962-2801 | 876-962-1726 (fax)

Technology Requirements

Students in the M.Ed. program will need access to the internet in order to utilize the program portal via the Blackboard learning management system and have regular access to email. Students will also need access to appropriate software such as Microsoft Word.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning communities meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays one weekend a month for two years.

Classes are held at Catholic College of Mandeville in Williamsfield, Manchester.

Loans are available from the Students' Loan Bureau, Credit Unions, TIP, and other financial institutions.

Each learning community has an extensive collection of professional literature relevant to areas of interest and the core program concepts. The choice of professional, quality titles allows learners to choose resources that are relevant for their learning and that will deepen their understanding of the core program concepts.

Learners often identify key resources or research that they want to add to their own professional library and then purchase them.

You are billed each semester.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411; 312-263-0456.

The M.Ed. program is accredited by the University Council of Jamaica.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning in Jamaica in less than two years.
  • The program is a five-semester, 36-credit program. Semesters run year-round, with three semesters in a calendar year. 30 credits are completed while enrolled in a learning community. The additional six may be transferred in or taken as elective credits. 

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 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. 
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • 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
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.

Application materials should be sent to:

Catholic College of Mandeville
Attn: M.Ed. Program
Mandeville, Manchester
Jamaica, West Indies



Joan Belfon

Jamaica Initiative

Jana Korder

GSOE - Program Coordinator

The Heights, HT201

Campus Box: # 76

(507) 457-6615


Jana Korder
June Blythe-Livingston, Ph.D.

Jamaica Initiative

June Blythe-Livingston
Christopher Clarke

Jamaica Initiative

Christopher Clarke
Lorna Gow-Morrison

Jamaica Initiative


Lorna Gow-Morrison has been facilitating with Saint Mary’s since 2008.

Lorna Gow-Morrison
Owen Scott

Jamaica Initiative

Owen Scott