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

Spring and Fall Conferences

All year one and year two learners participate in the spring conference. 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. 


Joan Belfon
Catholic College of Mandeville
Attn: M.Ed. Program
Williamsfield P.O.
Jamaica, West Indies
876-502-5505 (cell) | 876-962-5809 (office) | 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

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 the process if you are applying for financial aid. Contact program staff for specific application deadlines.

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.

The cost is $250/credit, plus additional fees, for the 2020-2021 school year.

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. 

Degree Requirements/Course Descriptions/Application Process

Outcomes and Indicators

By the end of the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning Program graduates are expected to be:
  1. Self-aware individuals, understanding the influence of unique talents, personalities, perspectives, bias, and experiences.
    • Recognize one’s own strengths and weaknesses.
    • Leverage strengths to impact efficacy, student learning, and school-wide community
    • Practice the 12 virtues of a Lasallian Educator for the purpose of acting with integrity
  2. Reflective practitioners, integrating metacognition and coaching thinking into practice.
    • Employ habits of systematic and intentional reflection
    • Analyze one's impact on the world through various theoretical frameworks
  3. Scholarly educators, understanding and negotiating the complexities of teaching and learning.
    • Apply learning theories and research based strategies 
    • Discriminate among variables that help and hinder learning
    • Utilize feedback that empowers learning
    • Support, with a culturally responsive mindset, the learning needs of all students
    • Articulate reasons for pedagogical choices
    • Operate with the habit of mind to incorporate on-going research into practice
  4. Designers, approaching design with intention.
    • Formulate goals, outcomes, enduring understandings, and essential questions
    • Create assessments aligned with the goals and outcomes assessed
    • Construct learning experiences that engage and challenge students to make content rich connections
    • Design a learning environment that integrates social, emotional, and academic learning
  5. Collaborators, utilizing various skills, that foster positive interdependent relationships.
    • Engage in courageous and meaningful interactions
    • Employ listening and silence to deepen one's understanding of others and themselves
    • Value the use of questions
    • Communicate effectively through writing
  6. Inquirers, leading with curiosity, being open to wonder and ambiguity.
    • Formulate questions to impact learning
    • Solve challenges by utilizing data to inform decision making
    • Synthesize research to drive change and innovation
  7. Leaders, validating and embracing the role as teacher leaders.
    • Make proactive, intentional contributions to the educational community
    • Use coaching thinking as tool to support colleague and student growth
    • Demonstrate AGAPE (Association, Generativity, Adaptation, Presence, Engagement)


Joan Belfon

M.Ed. Program Coordinator

Joan Belfon
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 / Faculty Observation Advisor

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH28

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5179

Sarah Haugen M.Ed.
June Blythe-Livingston, Ph.D.

M.Ed. Facilitator

June Blythe-Livingston Ph.D.
Christopher Clarke, Ph.D.

M.Ed. Facilitator

Christopher Clarke Ph.D.
Lorna Gow-Morrison, Ph.D.

M.Ed. Facilitator

Lorna Gow-Morrison Ph.D.
Owen Scott, Ed.D.

M.Ed. Facilitator

Owen Scott Ed.D.