Education for Environment and Community at IslandWood

HIGHLIGHTS

Become the best educator you can be in our immersive, 10-month residential Graduate Certificate program. With graduate-level course work in environmental and anti-bias education, biweekly field-teaching experiences, and 1:1 mentoring you will:

  • Learn best practices in integrated, experiential, student-centered learning
  • Develop culturally-responsive teaching and curriculum development skills
  • Build your teaching tool kit and hone your class management skills
  • Explore different career paths in education

CAREER/DEGREE PATHWAYS

Together with our partner – the University of Washington’s top ranked College of Education – we offer three different pathways for becoming an educational leader. First, complete 10 months at IslandWood and earn a graduate degree certificate in education. This certificate completes the first year of your Master’s in Education or fulfills the prerequisites for a Master’s in Teaching in Elementary Education from the UW. Then:

1. Back to Work: Enter or return to the workforce as an educational leader.

  • Best for: Current educators and classroom teachers, or professionals on a teaching track who want to improve culturally-responsive and experiential teaching skills
  • It will help your career by
    • Preparing you with the skills, experience, and confidence to be an educational leader
    • Building your professional portfolio and demonstration of competencies
    • Developing your professional network in Seattle and beyond

 

2. M.Ed. at the UW: Complete 10 months at IslandWood, followed by 2-3 quarters at the UW College of Education to earn your Master's in Education.

  • Best for: Professionals seeking leadershop roles in the nonprofit or public sector, work as educators or administrators in informal education settings, or to start new educational initiatives
  • It will help your career by:
    • Preparing you with the skills, experience, and credentials to be an educational leader
    • Building your professional portfolio and demonstration of competencies
    • Developing your professional network in Seattle and beyond
    • Increasing your earning potential

Read about alumni who have taken this path.

 

3. MiT at the UW: Complete 10 months at IslandWood, followed by 4 quarters in the Master's in Teaching Program at the UW.

  • Best for: Professionals seeking teaching careers in diverse schools, and/or who want to incorporate an environmental or experiential lens to formal education settings.
  • It will help your career by:
    • Building your professional portfolio and demonstration of competencies
    • Giving you the credentials to teach in public schools
    • Preparing with you with the skills, experience, and confidence to be an educational leader

Read about alumni who have taken this path.


ADVANCING DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUITY IN THE FIELD

Everyone benefits from a diverse educator workforce. We invite all students, including those from underrepresented groups, to apply to our program. Here are some of the ways we support our students:

  • Individualized Mentoring: You will be paired with a faculty or staff mentor. Weekly sessions create the space to talk about individual strengths and challenges.
  • Financial Support: We offer low-cost, on-campus housing and scholarship opportunities to help put our program in reach of all students.
  • Diverse School Populations: You will teach students who reflect the full cultural and socio-economic diversity of our region.
  • Networking Opportunities: We will help you develop your professional network.
  • An Inclusive Learning Organization: We invite you to read our Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity statement.