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.
- 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.
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 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.
Elective/transfer credits taken prior to starting the M.Ed. program will be considered for transfer if they meet the following criteria:
- Completed through an accredited college or university
- Completed within five years from starting the M.Ed. program
- Received a B- or higher
- Graduate level
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Outcomes and Indicators
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
Applicants must submit the following:
- Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
- 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).
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.
- Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
- A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
- 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