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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline for admission into the program?

When do learning communities meet?

Where are classes held?

Is there financial aid available?

Do I have to purchase books?

How much does the Master’s of Education program cost?

How am I billed for my classes?

Is the Master of Education program accredited?

What work do I have to do during the summer?

Can I take elective credits from other universities or colleges to fulfill the elective requirements for the M.Ed. program?

If I have credits to transfer into the program, when do I need to have the official transcripts sent to Saint Mary’s University for review?

What do I have to know about the essay for admission?

Where do I send the "Request for Transcript" form?

Do the transcripts I send have to be official?

What if I have to miss a day of class or an entire weekend?


When is the deadline for admission into the program?
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 website, and continue your financial aid process if you are applying for financial aid.
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When do learning communities meet?
Learning communities meet from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays one weekend a month for two years.
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Where are classes held?
The learning community meets in K-12 schools convenient to where you live and/or teach. The learning community classes are held Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. one weekend a month.
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Is there financial aid available?
Financial Aid representatives can be reached at 1-877-304-4273, extension 6655. They will provide you with all the information you will need for completing the financial aid application process. Indicate that you will be in a NEW learning community in Fall 2005 or January 2006. Follow the process carefully and completely.
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Do I have to purchase books?
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.
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How much does the Master’s of Education program cost?
See Semester Dates & Fee Structure
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How am I billed for my classes?
You receive a bill each semester payable in full. There are no payment plans available; however, financial aid is an option. You must be paid in full each semester to register for the next semester. A 1% finance charge is applied each month for any balance you do have on your tuition bill.
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Is the Master of Education program accredited?
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; 312-263-0456.
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What work do I have to do during the summer?
The summer is intended for thorough inquiry, planning and investigation of topics that learners determine are essential for their teaching and learning, and that are based on the core program concepts for the M.Ed. program. Work during the summer will also involve learning with other community members and sessions with program facilitators to share plans for learning and inquiry. The Graduate Continuing Education department at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers courses for those learners who may need elective credits to complete the requirements for graduation.
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Can I take elective credits from other universities or colleges to fulfill the elective requirements for the M.Ed. 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 University if you do not have credits to transfer into the program. Transfer credits from other institutions need to be completed prior to your official registration for the M.Ed. program. Please see the transfer credit policy for a more complete explanation.
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If I have credits to transfer into the program, when do I need to have the official transcripts sent to Saint Mary’s University for review?
Transfer credits do not need to be submitted prior to your participation in the program. If you want to have all of your essential paperwork submitted and processed prior to the start of your learning community, you can submit them prior to or after your acceptance into the program.
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What do I have to know about the essay for admission?
All applicants must submit a reflective essay: An essay from each applicant is required as an introduction to the team of learning community facilitators. The essay should be based on the personal and professional beliefs and goals of the applicant. The essay should include and address the following: 

  • Personal and Professional Data
  • Name
  • Grade and subject taught
  • School and district
  • Personal interests
  • Professional Background
  • Professional experiences
  • Beliefs about teaching and learning
  • Goals and Expectations
  • Professional goals
  • Expectations from the M.Ed. program
  • Reasons for pursuing the M.Ed. degree

The essay for admission into the M.Ed. program serves as important background information about your professional experiences and communicates expectations and goals for your participation in the M.Ed. program. The facilitators for the learning community will use the information to better structure learning activities to meet your needs.
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Where do I send the "Request for Transcript" form?
The "Request for Transcript" form should be completed and sent to the college or university from where you are requesting the official transcript. You may need to check with the college or university to see if they charge for official transcripts.
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Do the transcripts I send have to be official?
All transcripts for admission and/or consideration for transfer credits have to be official and should be sent directly from the college or university from where they have been requested directly to the M.Ed. program office.
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What if I have to miss a day of class or an entire weekend?
While we highly encourage your attendance at all class meetings, we understand that on rare occasions this is not possible. You will need to contact your facilitators in advance of your weekend and make arrangements with them about your makeup work. This usually involves reading and writing to make up for the content and discussion missed.
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