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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is wholly devoted to creating a learning environment that promotes collaboration and inspires teachers in their professional growth.

The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program is especially designed for licensed teachers who are passionate about the pursuit of knowledge.

Program Highlights

  • You can expect hands-on, practical, and meaningful course content. You will be able to implement what you learned on Saturday in your classroom 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 or master’s degree.
  • Our blended delivery model includes face-to-face meetings one Saturday a month supplemented with ongoing online learning experiences.
  • 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
  • Students of this program have the opportunity to apply for the Remick Fellowship scholarship.

Spring and Fall Conferences

All year one and year two learners participate in the spring conference on the Twin Cities Campus. At the spring conference, year two learners lead a seminar focused on their action research findings and facilitate discussions around concepts related to their research. Year two learners participate in a fall conference on the Twin Cities Campus. 

Final Project

The culminating project for this program is an opportunity to share learning at a professional conference with program peers. Sharing takes place via roundtable seminars during which learners will lead dialogue around one of his/her action research projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because the admission process is connected to the registration process, we encourage you to complete your admission materials as soon as possible. This will allow us to activate your Saint Mary’s email account, provide you with access to the M.Ed. program portal, and continue your financial aid process if you are applying for financial aid. Contact program staff for specific application deadlines.

The learning community meets in K-12 schools convenient to where you live and/or teach.

Financial Aid representatives can be reached at Student Central at 612-728-5100, Ext. 4566. They will provide you with all the information you will need for completing the financial aid application process. 

No, you do not have to buy textbooks for this program. 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 align with their research and classroom needs.

Our Tuition and Fees page provides a comprehensive view of the cost of this program.

You are required to complete six semester credits beyond the 30 semester credits you will earn in the program. You must take the elective credits from Saint Mary’s once you begin the program and those credits must be completed through the GPDE program. If you have transfer credits from other institutions that you completed prior to your official registration for the M.Ed. program, please contact program staff.

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From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning in less than two years.
  • A learning community model allows for a group of learners to collaborate in convenient locations across the state, on average, one Saturday per month. Additional online instruction and activities supplement these face-to-face interactions. Learning communities start in the spring and fall semesters.
  • 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.

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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 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 by a university accepted evaluation source, 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).
  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.
  6. 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 Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404


This program is offered at our Twin Cities, Rochester, and Winona locations and at regional cohorts. The program is also available to educators practicing in Jamaica.

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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


Tracy Lysne, M.Ed.

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

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH17

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4520

Tracy Lysne M.Ed.
Sarah Haugen, M.Ed.

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

The Heights, HT201

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5179

Sarah Haugen M.Ed.
Jana Korder

GSOE - Program Coordinator

The Heights, HT202

Campus Box: # 76

(507) 457-6615

Jana Korder
Yvonne Malewicki

MED - Administrative Assistant

The Heights, HT201

Campus Box: # 76

(507) 457-1520

Yvonne Malewicki
Emily Albrecht, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator / GPDE Instructor

(952) 226-0190

Emily Albrecht M.Ed.
Nicole Biondich, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

Jennifer Davis, Ed.S.

MED - Facilitator

(651) 683-6969

Jennifer Davis Ed.S.
Tony Hastings, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(507) 376-4174

Tony Hastings M.Ed.
Katherine Higgins, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

Katherine Higgins M.Ed.
David Jackson, Ph.D.

Education - Associate Professor, MED - Facilitator

Griffin Hall, GR220

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6613

David Jackson Ph.D.
William Knutson, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(715) 243-1456

William Knutson M.Ed.
Emily Larsen, Ed.D.

MED - Facilitator

Emily Larsen Ed.D.
Theresa Lewis, M.S.

MED - Facilitator

Theresa Lewis M.S.
Mary Lien, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(952) 226-8600

Mary Lien M.Ed.
Stacy Lufkin, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(651) 405-2417

Stacy Lufkin M.Ed.
Mary Jo Nairn, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(962) 556-7592

Mary Jo Nairn M.Ed.
Shane Rasmussen, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

Shane Rasmussen M.Ed.
Dennis Rickert, M.S.

MED - Facilitator

(651) 480-7325

Dennis Rickert M.S.
Joseph Schingen, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(218) 733-2130 x 108

Joseph Schingen M.Ed.
David Tukey, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(763) 506-5200

Jami Weber, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(952) 448-8720

Jami Weber M.Ed.
Michele Wood, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(715) 243-7474

Michele Wood M.Ed.
Mark Woodcock, M.Ed.

Master of Education - Facilitator

(651) 784-8625

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