As a small community, we are discerning about who is accepted and find that the design of the program attracts a self-selected group of individuals who value education in and for the planet. The admissions committee looks at applicants holistically and seeks to admit a diverse group of learners with a variety of backgrounds and expertise. As we build a professional learning community, some of the dispositions that are valued include:
A demonstrated commitment to equality, equity, and inclusion.
A willingness to embrace adventure in learning and in teaching.
We admit students with a variety of backgrounds and interests and find that this diversity enriches the learning community. While our students come from many different academic and professional backgrounds, successful candidates share a love and appreciation for the outdoors, experience working with youth in some capacity, and a desire to improve their skills in equitable education. We have found that the candidates who are most fulfilled are excited to dive into the time-intensive, immersive nature of the program. If this sounds like you, we would encourage you to apply!
Students can use a combination of loans, scholarships, and education awards to pay for the program. As matriculated students through an accredited university, IslandWood graduate program participants are eligible for federal loans and grants as awarded through the FAFSA and University of Washington’s Financial Aid office. Similarly, University of Washington acts as the qualifying institution when using military discounts and education awards.
In our effort to make graduate school more accessible, IslandWood also offers a stipend for all students, as well as tuition discounts, service awards, and scholarships. To see the current list of funding opportunities, visit the Cost & Aid page.
The practicum is a key element of the EEC program, allowing graduate students to plan and prepare lessons, set personal teaching goals and student learning goals, develop assessment tools, and apply theory from graduate coursework.
Traditionally, graduate students have participated in a 600-hour teaching practicum as field instructors in IslandWood’s School Overnight Program. Depending on COVID-19 guidelines, this practicum may take a different form, but will always provide a space for students to learn and grow as educators in an integrated, experiential setting.
Our practices and philosophy are based in research but IslandWood as an institution does not conduct research currently. Research projects often play a part in coursework for the program’s Natural History & Ecology and Education Research Methods courses. University of Washington is known for being one of the top research universities in the country and there are opportunities to pursue a more formal research project during the second year of the Master’s program.
Although sleepier than Seattle, Bainbridge Island is home to many restaurants, bars, two movie theaters, stores, wineries, a brewery (brewery trivia has been very popular with grads in the past!), bike paths, beaches, and parks with many trails for walking and hiking.
IslandWood acknowledges that we live and work on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, who have been stewards of this region's land and waters since time immemorial, and who continue to protect these lands and waters for future generations, as promised by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855, and the Treaty of Medicine Creek of 1854.
While the majority of our work takes place on Suquamish (suq̀ʷabš) and Duwamish (dxʷdɐwʔabʃ) land, we also conduct programs on the land of the Snohomish (sduhúbʃ), Puyallup (spuyaləpabš), Muckleshoot (buklshuhls), Skokomish (sqoqc’bes), and S’Klallam (nəxʷsƛ̕ay̕əm) peoples.
IslandWood is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our tax ID number is 31-1654076.
4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 206.855.4300
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