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M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning

The M.Ed. program is designed for licensed, practicing teachers who want to earn a master’s degree in a professional learning community setting. A learning community is a group of people who share common interests, values or beliefs, and are actively engaged in learning together through collaboration and discussion. Each course is taught by an expert practitioner currently in the field who has an earned doctorate or master’s degree.


  • Hands-on, practical, and meaningful. What you learn on the weekends you can implement in your classroom on Monday morning.
  • Non–traditional program: learner-centered, active, community-based, focused on your specific research needs/interests.
  • Learn from facilitators who are also practicing teachers.
  • Remick Fellowship scholarship opportunity.
  • Blended delivery.
  • Culminating project is to lead a seminar 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. Access a wealth of specialized resources culled especially for educators.

Number of Credits

  • 36 credits total: 30 are completed while enrolled in a learning community; the additional 6 can be transferred in or taken as elective credits.
  • Elective credits taken prior to the start of the program may be transferred into the program, if they were completed within the previous 5 years. 

  • Visit the Graduate Professional Development for Educators (GPDE) website for a course catalog of elective credits that you can take to fulfill the elective requirements.

History of Program

The program started in 1996 offering classes in Minnesota and then grew into Wisconsin. The program has now offered more than 210 learning communities and graduated over 6700 alumni. In 2007 the program expanded into Jamaica.

Degree Requirements

Locations & Admission Contacts

This program is offered at multiple locations and hosts several open houses throughout the year.

Please contact the M.Ed. Program Coordinator for information on learning communities:

Jana Korder  |  |  507-457-6615