Graduate Program

The IslandWood Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community is a 10-month immersive residency in justice-oriented environmental education; experiential, student-centered learning; and culturally-responsive teaching and curriculum development.

We strive to contribute to a more diverse educator workforce that mirrors the demographics of our society. Our students come from a variety of life experiences and backgrounds and share a commitment to justice-oriented education. 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, a monthly stipend, 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 are intentional about fostering a strong campus community and will also help you develop your professional network.
  • An Inclusive Learning Organization: We invite you to read our Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity statement

Our Partnership with the University of Washington College of Education

Our program is offered in partnership with top-ranked University of Washington College of Education, whose mission is to transform inequitable systems of education to create just, sustainable, and culturally-thriving democracies. The IslandWood Graduate Certificate completes the first year of a UW Master’s in Education and fulfills the prerequisites for application to the Master’s in Teaching in Elementary Education.

Program Details

Discover the change you can make as an educator with graduate-level coursework in environmental and justice-oriented education (equity and anti-bias work), biweekly teaching experiences, and 1:1 mentoring.

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386 alumni who are building the capacity of youth to create a more equitable and sustainable future


After graduation, our alumni work in a variety of different fields: 38% work in schools; 27% in nonprofit/public management and leadership positions; 18% in zoos, aquariums, and other learning centers; 8% in higher education; 3% in sustainable food management/gardening; and 7% in other fields.


Applications are closed for our 2019-2020 academic year, which runs from August 20, 2019 through June 13, 2020. Please check back in early August to apply for the 2020-2021 cohort!

Deadlines for admission to the Fall 2019 quarter are as follows:


IslandWood Priority Deadline IslandWood Tuition Discount UW Deadline UW Admissions Decision
November 30, 2018 $750 January 4, 2019 March 2019
January 4, 2019 $500 January 4, 2019 March 2019
March 15, 2019 $250 May 1, 2019 June 2019
May 1, 2019 $100 May 1, 2019 June 2019
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late July 2019


IslandWood provides equal opportunities to all applicants for admission without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Cost and Aid

We are committed to making graduate-level education accessible, and offer scholarships, service awards, and early bird rebates to applicants.

IslandWood offers a graduate program stipend to all enrolled students to help cover basic living expenses. The stipend can be spent by graduate students in any way they choose and is intended to help our students focus as much as possible on their learning and less on how to cover basic living expenses.

IslandWood is a proud partner of the YMCA GOLD/BOLD Dudley Edmondson Fellowship. This 15-month graduate degree fellowship provides adults of color with the opportunity to lead outdoor expeditions with low-income youth as a YMCA GOLD or BOLD instructor during two consecutive summers while completing the IslandWood-UW M.Ed program. Dudley Edmondson Fellows receive a $10,000 scholarship from IslandWood.


Download the brochure for more information on how to apply or contact:


Josh Epstein | National Expansion Coordinator
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To make graduate-level education more accessible, we offer tuition discounts to students affiliated (members, alumni, interns, staff, etc.) with service corps, military, and partner organizations, as well as teachers and paraprofessionals.


This following list is not comprehensive. To learn about eligibility and rates, or to inquire about organizations not listed here, please contact us at



  • Teachers
  • Paraprofessional educators

Service Corps 

  • AmeriCorps National
  • Serve Washington
  • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • FEMA Corps
  • Peace Corps
  • Teach for America
  • City Year
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Washington Conservation Corps
  • Veterans Conservation Corps
  • Puget Sound Corps
  • EarthCorps
  • Food Corps


  • Active Duty
  • Veterans

Undergraduate Institutions

  • Antioch University
  • University of Washington

Community Organizations

  • College Success Foundation
  • IslandWood
  • Natural Leaders
  • Doris Duke Conservation Scholars

Once accepted and enrolled in the UW Master’s in Education degree program as a matriculated student you are eligible for federal financial aid.


Students wishing to receive federal financial aid through the UW are encouraged to complete the FAFSA application by January 15 or as soon as possible. Please contact the University of Washington’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) with specific questions regarding the financial aid process.


Opportunities to forgive, cancel, or discharge your loans are available through several programs, such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Teacher Loan Forgiveness programs. Visit the Federal Student Aid website for more info.

Paid on-campus work opportunities are available at IslandWood in various departments for all graduate students, regardless of financial need. Examples of on-campus employment opportunities include: blogging and photography, research assistant, lab assistant, art studio assistant, gear room assistant, garden assistants, facilities assistants, and event assistants.


Students will be invited to apply for employment during orientation training in September. The hourly wage for 2018-2019 graduate students is $13.00. Because employment is on top of meeting the responsibilities of being a full-time graduate student, most IslandWood graduate students work an average of 5hrs/week.


We can also help connect graduate students to off-campus work opportunities on Bainbridge Island. These opportunities commonly include childcare, house-sitting, pet-sitting, yard work, and other odd jobs.

The following websites offer searchable databases for scholarships. In addition, these sites include general information on applying for and receiving Financial Aid, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA is required for individuals seeking federal loans), and resources for students of color, students without documentation, and military veterans.


Connect with Us

In our program, we intentionally focus on fostering strong relationships and a supportive learning community. This relationship-building starts the moment we connect. Let’s get started!

Attending a virtual or in-person event is the perfect way to learn more about the program, meet our team, and get your questions answered. We’ll list our upcoming Graduate Program events here, as soon as dates are available. You can also visit our Events Calendar.

Urban Environmental Education Graduate Program

IslandWood is proud to have been a founding partner of the Urban Environmental Education Graduate Program. Our involvement in that program will be ending following the 2018-19 academic year.


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