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

Contact

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

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.

This program costs approximately $200 per credit plus additional resource fees.

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.

Admission Process

Applicants to the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning Jamaica program must complete the standard graduate admission application and materials. Applicants will be required to submit the following additional materials during the application process:

  • Personal Statement—A one to two page personal statement must include:
    • A brief description of the applicant's background, training, and experience
    • A statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program
    • A description of the area(s) in which the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities
    • 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.

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. 
Visit the Graduate Professional Development for Educators website for a catalog of elective credits that you can take to fulfill the elective requirements.
  • To apply, you'll need to submit an application, $25 application fee, résumé, brief personal statement outlining your professional and educational goals, official transcripts, and letters of reference. See above for more information, or visit the graduate admission page.

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Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor Graduate School of Education

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122

mdougher@smumn.edu

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Sarah Haugen, M.Ed.

Associate Director, M.Ed. Teaching & Learning/PDI

The Heights, HT201

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5179

shaugen@smumn.edu

Sarah Haugen earned double bachelor’s degrees from Winona State in 2001, majoring in physical education and health education with a developmental adapted physical education licensure.

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Tracy Lysne, M.Ed.

GSOE, M.Ed. In Teaching & Learning - Program Director

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH17

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4520

tlysne@smumn.edu

Tracy Lysne M.Ed.