Education for Environment and Community at IslandWood

Graduate Certificate in Education for Environment and Community with Master’s Degree Options from the University of Washington 

HIGHLIGHTS

Become the best educator you can be for healthy communities and the planet. This program will build your skills in culturally-responsive teaching, environmental education, and experiential, student-centered learning. The 10-month residency, which includes coursework and a practicum, is based on our 250-acre campus on Bainbridge Island, WA – a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. 


CAREER/DEGREE PATHWAYS

Students completing our program earn a Graduate Certificate in Education for Environment and Community. This certificate completes the first year of your Master’s in Education at top-ranked University of Washington (UW). It also fulfills the prerequisites for application to the Master’s in Teaching in Elementary Education at the UW.  

After earning your IslandWood graduate certificate, you can: 

1. Go 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. Earn Your Master’s Degree at the UW: Spend 2-3 quarters at the UW College of Education to complete your Master's in Education.

  • Best for: Professionals seeking leadership roles in the nonprofit or public sector, work as educators or administrators in informal education settings or private schools, or those interested in starting 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. Apply to Earn Your Elementary Master’s in Teaching (MiT) at the UW: Complete the four-quarter Elementary Teacher Education Program (ElTEP) at the UW and earn a Master in Teaching degree and teaching certificate.*

  • 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

*a separate application and admissions review is required for the MIT program 

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.