IslandWood’s 10-month graduate certificate program runs from mid-August to mid-June on our Bainbridge Island campus. This intensive and rigorous program includes a teaching practicum paired with academic coursework, as well as regular evening programs, trainings, and professional development.
During your first six weeks, we build your understanding, knowledge, and skills in preparation for your teaching practicum. We also help you establish your sense of place and community by learning more about Bainbridge Island and its histories. Team building activities and discussions will help you get to know your peers, the faculty, and the broader IslandWood community. Plan on participating in workshops or classes at IslandWood Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with some evenings (no more than once a week) and occasional optional weekend activities.
Most professional development trainings are on Mondays and all 10 graduate level classes are typically held on Thursdays and Fridays. Up to 31 credits accredited by the University of Washington can be applied toward the completion of the M.Ed. at the University of Washington. In addition to stand alone professional development, we also regularly offer ongoing training and development opportunities in art and garden education.
You will also have your teaching observed by your mentor – an experienced educator on our faculty or staff – and meet with them individually to further your reflective teaching practice.
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.
4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 206.855.4300
IslandWood is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.
A Special Thanks to our corporate sponsor