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A professional journey continued

The Master of Education in Professional Development is a blended weekend and online 30-credit cohort program designed specifically for the professional development of educators.

Thank you for considering the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s MEPD program. Our collaborative vision for this program is that we all work together in such a way that success is defined as “your PK-12 students learning more.” As teaching colleagues, we all bring strengths (and weaknesses) to any learning endeavor. While each learning journey is individual, we can support, encourage and push each other so that everyone learns more. We invite you to join us for this powerful learning adventure.

Dr. Mickey Kolis, Professor of Education Studies
Convenient. Attend class only one Saturday per month –the rest is online! Earn your degree in less than two years.
Enriching. Collaborate with a cohort of professionals to share ideas, build upon skills, and develop your confidence as a leader.
Relevant. Connect theory to evidence-based practice that can be implemented immediately in your classroom.
Current. Discover cutting-edge research while interacting with full-time faculty experienced in teaching adult learners.
Affordable. Pay the reduced tuition rate of $390 per credit.

Course content:

The MEPD program is a 30-credit, 20 month master's program comprised of 10 courses. Each 3-credit course spans 8 weeks, consisting of two Saturday face-to-face meeting times (one per month). In addition to the face-to-face meetings, cohort members are expected to reserve approximately 3 hours for online homework per week.

Program faculty will connect common themes throughout the 10 courses, providing the foundation for connected future learning. Every course will model between 5-20 classroom practices that teachers can immediately apply in their own classrooms.


What makes this program different?

  • The UW-Eau Claire MEPD program is designed specifically for busy educators who seek a meaningful master's program that will have a lasting, positive impact on their teaching and their students' learning.
  • Course curriculum in this applied master’s program is based on National Board Certification standards that would be advantageous for any teacher preparing to become nationally board certified.
  • The conceptual framework for teacher education at UW-Eau Claire – and cornerstone of this MEPD program – is to develop collaborative leaders.
  • Each course will be co-taught with a public school teacher.
  • All program courses address the same four connected strands of learning from their own unique perspectives: Differentiation, Cultural Relevance, Dispositions and Community.
  • The final “capstone” requirement for this program will be an Action Research Project developed by you and conducted in your own classroom, helping your own students learn more.

Program benefits:

  • Improved learning outcomes for K-12 students
  • Enhanced professional leadership skills
  • Connected learning strands: Differentiation, Diversity, Dispositions, Community
  • Aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Action Research Project capstone presentations open to administrators and the public
  • Full-time UW-Eau Claire faculty experienced in professional adult learning
  • Co-taught by master teachers in the field of K-12 education
  • Continuous application of theory to practice in your own classroom
Course topics and meeting dates

All class times are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Creativity & Critical Thinking

  • Sept. 16, 2017
  • Oct. 14, 2017

Research and Reflection

  • Nov. 11, 2017
  • Dec. 9, 2017

Content and Curriculum

  • Jan. 13, 2018
  • Feb. 10, 2018

Collaborative Leadership

  • March 10, 2018
  • April 14, 2018

Student Diversity and Student Needs

  • May 12, 2018
  • June 9, 2018

Pupil development and Learning expectations

  • July 14, 2018
  • Aug. 11, 2018


  • Sep. 15, 2018
  • Oct. 13, 2018

Statistics and Assessment

  • Nov. 10, 2018
  • Dec. 8, 2018

Action Research

  • Jan. 12, 2019
  • Feb. 9, 2019

Designing a Learning Environment

  • March 9, 2019
  • April 13, 2019

Showcase Event: Poster presentations

  • May 10, 2019 
Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Current teaching licensure
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Two years of full-time teaching experience
How to apply
  • Complete the application for graduate admission (
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions previously attended
  • Submit a professional resume reflecting years of teaching experience

Space is limited; apply today!

For more information, please contact

Julie Aminpour, Program Manager


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