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M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning

Together, teachers help teachers become better teachers.

You have a passion for making a difference for all learners. By growing professionally, you can become the teacher leader needed today. Saint Mary’s teaching and learning master’s degree program is designed especially for — and exclusively by — practicing teachers and education professionals.

This is more than a program — it’s a transformative experience to help reignite your passion and purpose for teaching.

Cultivate a new level of self-awareness and a deeper knowledge of teaching effectiveness. You’ll be encouraged to take risks, lean into your own strengths, and explore new perspectives. Learn to be more reflective, intentional, and innovative as a teacher.

With a diverse community of teachers and educators, explore ways to:

  • • Maximize intrinsic motivation and student engagement
  • • Improve curriculum design and assessments
  • • Discuss the importance of social-emotional learning
  • • Share 21st-century classroom practices
  • • Navigate classroom challenges and share strengths and joys


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Program Highlights

Be a more competent, confident, and passionate educator — while advancing your career. In this 18-month program, learn from other teachers and educators dedicated to making a difference in the classroom.




per credit

Start Dates

Hybrid – October
Hybrid or Online – January

*Classroom locations are tentative and may be subject to change.





per credit

Start Dates

Hybrid – October
Hybrid or Online – January

*Classroom locations are tentative and may be subject to change.


Program Features

What Makes it Special

  • Complete this program in 15-18 months
  • Two program options: Hybrid Learning Community or Virtual Learning Community (Online)
  • Earn 10 credits by applying learning in your own classroom. Less time in our classrooms, more time in yours.
  • Faculty with 6-23 years of active experience
  • Nurture self-awareness and teacher well-being
  • Extensive alumni network and professional connections
  • We bring the program to you — hybrid or online

What You'll Learn

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand and negotiate the complexities of teaching and learning
  • Integrate metacognition and coaching thinking into practice
  • Understand the influence of unique talents, personalities, perspectives, biases, and experiences
  • Approach design with intention
  • Apply various skills that foster positive interdependent relationships

Learn Your Way

Saint Mary’s M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning offers two program options: Hybrid Learning Community or Virtual Community. Both meet one Saturday a month — we make it work for you!

  • Build relationships with other teachers and educators from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Together, you’ll meet one Saturday a month in person at designated classroom locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Join a learning community close to home — saving you time and money. Our faculty brings this practical program to you. That’s the Saint’s Mary’s difference.



  • Do you want the same experience of being part of a learning community, but can’t meet in person? Our online option delivers the same program to a community that meets virtually one Saturday each month at scheduled times.


Why M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning at Saint Mary’s?

  • Uniquely Community-Focused. Share experiences, exchange ideas, and create connections with other teachers and educators.
  • Designed for Current Educators. Apply what you learn Saturday into your classroom Monday.



  • Hands-On Experience. Join peers and faculty at the Minneapolis Campus for its annual spring conference, TEACH. LEARN. LEAD.
  • Save Time and Money. 10 credits are applied toward your classroom learning experience. Spend less time in our classroom and more in yours.
  • Practitioner-led Instruction. Learn from faculty who bring years of expertise and knowledge to the program. Each Saturday’s community experience is facilitated by a team of our faculty members.
  • Ethical Framework. Examine beliefs and values in a safe, inclusive space grounded by our Lasallian Catholic mission and identity Our mission — lived out every day — will help guide you as you live out your purpose as an educator.


Education is our pillar.


For over a century, Saint Mary’s has educated the next generation of teachers and leaders. With its strong reputation in preparing highly skilled teachers and administrators, the School of Education offers initial teaching licensure programs, graduate programs for practicing teachers, and a doctoral program in educational leadership.

Course Catalog

Career Outlook

Take charge in your role as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, team leader, or future administrator.

Training and Development Manager

$120,130 per year*

Curriculum Designer

$63,740 per year *

Educational Administrator

$96,910 per year*

Curriculum designer job growth 2020-2030

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.

No, you do not have to buy textbooks for this program. Each learning community has a 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.

There are two program options; in-person and online. In-person meets one Saturday each month at a designated location in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Check this webpage for upcoming locations. The online option meets one Saturday each month at scheduled times using Zoom or another virtual meeting platform. Both program options have an asynchronous online component in addition to the in-person or virtual community experience. You’ll have activities, discussions, and assignments to complete online outside of your community experience.

"Saint Mary's University of Minnesota offered the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning degree in Jamaica, in collaboration with the Catholic College of Mandeville, from August 2008-June 2022. Any request for Saint Mary's transcripts should be directed to Saint Mary’s at