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Join a Community of Learners

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.

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.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses 30 cr.
Elective Courses/SMU K-12 Reading Transfer Credits 6 cr.
Total 36 cr.

Required Courses: 30 cr.

MED515 Becoming a Community of Learners (4 cr.)

In this learning experience, learning community members begin their journey of self-study, engaging in critical reflection on beliefs and current practices in relationship to their vision for who they want to become as teachers. Learners gain an understanding of and experience with the learning community model. Community examination of research-based practices aligning instruction, content (knowledge in the discipline), the classroom environment, and assessment provides the learning community member a springboard for focusing personally chosen areas of inquiry and action research. Learning community members begin the action research/inquiry process by creating questions and engaging in personally directed research reading.

MED516 Discipline-based Learning: Inquiry into the Structures of Knowledge (2 cr.)

This course engages teachers in self-directing and sharing classroom inquiry with other teachers on research-based best practices for teaching within their self-chosen discipline of study. As a result of this course, teachers understand and incorporate concept-based instruction and assessment principles, including best practices in facilitating learner understanding of content.

MED525 Developing Principles for Practice (4 cr.)

In this learning experience, learning community members continue their journey of self-study, engaging in critical reflection on beliefs and current practices in relationship to their vision for who they want to become as teachers. Investigation of research based practices of instruction, the discipline (content area), the classroom environment, and use of a backward design assessment process capable of promoting student learning makes it possible for the learner to align principles guiding all aspects of his/her practice. The development of research based principles of practice provides learning community members a springboard for implementing and evaluating sound teaching strategies in the context of their classroom. The accompanying action research process provides the community member the opportunity to study personally chosen questions related to the implementation of their principles of practice.

MED526 Translating the Discipline into Concepts for In-depth Learning (2 cr.)

This course engages teachers in self-directing and sharing classroom inquiry constructing standards-based, discipline-specific concept learning. As a result of this course, teachers demonstrate framing discipline-specific types of concept learning with curriculum goals, standards, and in-depth learning in mind.

MED535 Using Discipline-Based Standards to Support Learning (4 cr.)

In this learning experience, extended theory-based research focused on standards and teaching within a specific discipline provides the community member with strategies to build practices of instruction, environment, and assessment into a coherent framework for comprehensive change. Collaborative research and development with community members assists the learner's formation of integrated strategies across instruction, content standards in the discipline, classroom environment, and assessments using the backward design process. Construction of an action research plan provides a means for incorporating backward designed assessments into the examination of resultant changes in student learning.

MED536 Teaching Concepts in the Discipline with Learner Success in Mind (2 cr.)

This course engages teachers in self-directing and sharing classroom inquiry, designing learning-friendly, concept-rich learning experiences for diverse learners. As a result of this course, teachers demonstrate construction of concept-rich and inquiry-based learning experiences. Lessons incorporate learner use of the rules for knowledge construction within the discipline and integrate standards into a thematic unit of study.

MED545 Integrating Principles of Practice and the Discipline (4 cr.)

In this experience, learning community members focus on becoming collaborative learners through critical reflection on research-based principles and practices in relationship to their vision for their own practice. Learning community investigation into authentic interdisciplinary learning experiences supports the learning community member's ability to engage in interdisciplinary planning and instruction. Collaborative exploration of how to create authentic interdisciplinary learning through shared collegial learning at a professional conference provides the community member with the ability to build life relevance into the learning process. An expectation that community members create a parent involvement plan as a tool for collaborative learner support provides the learning community member with experience collaborating directly with stakeholders in promoting learner success.

MED546 Thinking and Problem Solving with Concepts in the Discipline (2 cr.)

This course engages teachers in self-directing and sharing classroom inquiry as they develop lessons in problem solving with concepts within the discipline they have chosen to study. As a result of this course, teachers demonstrate embedding discipline-based concepts in 1) learner-relevant, life-like problem solving, 2) developmentally appropriate lessons for meaning making, and 3) culturally responsive learner opportunities for metacognitive thinking with concepts.

MED555 Principles of Teacher Leadership (4 cr.)

In the last semester learning experience, learning community members continue their journey of self-study, focusing on becoming collaborative teacher leaders through critical reflection on principles and practices in action in relationship to a vision for education. Learning community investigation into "real life/applied learning" across disciplines supports the learning community member's incorporation of authentic and problem-based learning experiences into their practice. Collaborative exploration of how to create authentic learning within a discipline through shared collegial learning at a professional conference provides the community member with the ability to build complexity and flexibility into the learning process. The incorporation of school, parent, community, and technology resources into the learning process exercises the community member's ability to serve the educational community as a teacher leader.

MED556 Teacher Leadership as Collaborating for Content Teaching Expertise (2 cr.)

This course engages teachers in sharing content teaching expertise through the collaborative lesson study process within a specific content area lesson. As a result of this course, teachers demonstrate thinking expertise 1) framing concepts for learning within their individual lesson plans, 2) preparing ways to observe learners problem solving with concepts, and 3) developing strategies to enhance student thinking with the concepts being taught.

Elective Courses/Transfer Credits: 6 cr.

These courses will be accepted towards your elective/transfer credits prior to the start of the M.Ed. program and during enrollment in the M.Ed. program. Any learner enrolled in both programs will have the core credit requirement waived. 

EDRD 600-606 (K-12 Reading Teacher Licensure Program)

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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

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(612) 238-4520


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

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

The Heights, HT201

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Sarah Haugen M.Ed.
Jana Korder

GSOE - Program Coordinator

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Yvonne Malewicki

MED - Administrative Assistant

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Emily Albrecht, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator / GPDE Instructor

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Nicole Biondich, M.Ed.

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Jennifer Davis, Ed.S.

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Tony Hastings, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

(507) 376-4174


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Katherine Higgins, M.Ed.

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

Education - Associate Professor, MED - Facilitator

Griffin Hall, GR220

Campus Box: # 23

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

MED - Facilitator

(715) 243-1456


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Emily Larsen, Ed.D.

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Theresa Lewis, M.S.

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Mary Lien, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

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Stacy Lufkin, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

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Mary Jo Nairn, M.Ed.

MED - Facilitator

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Shane Rasmussen, M.Ed.

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

MED - Facilitator

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Joseph Schingen, M.Ed.

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Michele Wood, M.Ed.

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Master of Education - Facilitator

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