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Explore the master of education in professional development graduate program at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's master of education in professional development graduate program is a blended weekend and online, 30-credit cohort program designed specifically for the professional development of educators. The two-year program is an excellent choice for those who seek a meaningful master's degree that will have a lasting, positive impact on their teaching and their students' learning.

All courses throughout the program focus on equity, diversity, inclusivity and social justice, critical thinking and building community. Each course is co-taught with a UWEC faculty member and a public K-12 schoolteacher, with the ultimate goal of developing collaborative leaders. Coursework is intentionally designed for continuous application of theory to practice in your own classroom, allowing you to find the strategies, methods and practices that work best for you. As part of a final capstone requirement, you’ll develop your own action research project and discover how you can change your professional practice and improve student learning.

As a graduate of the MEPD program, you'll leave UW-Eau Claire with a variety of research-based practices and strategies that can be immediately applied to your own classrooms. Additionally, you'll find that a better understanding of research and evidence-based practices enable you to make data-informed decisions and enhance the learning of your students. Whether you seek new understandings, more strategic ways to facilitate student learning or the opportunity to re-envision your career, our renowned program will provide the experiences and skills necessary. 

Know more, do more

Enhance learning in your classroom. Practice action research. Make data-driven decisions. Reignite your passion for teaching. These are just some of the benefits you'll experience after completing our master of education in professional development graduate program. 

With a strong focus of developing your craft in the classroom, our renowned program is rooted in experiential learning. Working with other passionate teachers, you'll take what you've learned and immediately apply it to your own classroom. Curriculum is intentionally structured so working professionals can easily balance work, school and life. And a team of expert faculty members is always here to help, whether they are sharing current trends, helping you learn best practices or immersing you in the world of research. 

But don't just take it from us. Hear from recent graduates on what they enjoyed most about the program — and the success they've experienced since graduating.  

Graduate scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and grants

There are a number of scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and grants available to our graduate students. Learn more about which scholarships and resources are available to you by checking out our scholarship page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

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Quick facts

  • Program length: two years
  • Campus: Eau Claire
  • Mode of delivery: hybrid, some in-person classes with the majority online
  • Credits: 30
  • Program cost: $390 per credit

Master of education in professional development highlights

Convenient, flexible scheduling. The MEPD program was designed specifically for busy educators, with only one in-person, Saturday class required each month. The rest of the program can be completed online. Classes are scheduled year-round so that all students are able to complete their degree in two years.

An enriching, collaborative learning environment. Surrounded by a cohort of professionals, you'll meet people who, like you, are passionate about education and helping others. Together, you'll share ideas, have rich discussions and build upon your skills. Many graduates leave with an excellent teacher network and enhanced confidence as a leader.

Relevant curriculum taught by experts. MEPD program curriculum is taught by full-time UW-Eau Claire faculty, who are experienced in teaching adult learners, as well as master teachers in the field of K-12 education. The opportunity to present your final capstone project to administrators and the public allows you to teach — and learn from — other experts in the field. 

Easy-to-implement, evidence-based practices. Courses and conversations throughout the program will connect theory to evidence-based practice that can be implemented immediately in your classroom. And alongside expert professors, you'll discover and participate in cutting-edge research, applying what you've learned to real-life situations. 

The MEPD program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was designed for adult learners with life and professional experience who want to continue their journey as educators and learners. Our collaborative vision for this program is to help you rediscover your passion for teaching, connect you with other educators from around the state and facilitate your growth in the areas of research, best practice and leadership in our profession.

Dr. Jill Prushiek Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences

Master of education in professional development curriculum

The master of education in professional development program is a 30-credit, 20-month master's program composed of 10 courses. Each three-credit course spans eight 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 three hours for online homework per week.

Curriculum is focused on improving learning outcomes for your K-12 students. Aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, coursework will encourage you to become a better leader, researcher and teacher. Throughout the 10 courses, expert faculty will connect common themes, providing the foundation for connected future learning. Every course will model between five to 20 classroom practices that teachers can immediately apply in their own classrooms.

Learn more about the master of education in professional development graduate program in the UWEC course catalog.

Class topics:

Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, 2020

ES 755: Collaborative Leadership: Building Effective Relationships

Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 2020

ES 720: Cultural and Social Foundations of Learning

Jan. 23 and Feb. 20, 2021

ES 788: Introduction to Educational Inquiry

March 13 and April 10, 2021

ES 738: Curricular Design and Innovation 

May 22 and June 19, 2021

ES 710: Pupil Development and Learning Expectations

July 10 and Aug. 7, 2021

ES 740: Introduction to Action Research 

Sept. 11 and Oct. 9, 2021

ES 774: Evaluation, Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making

Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, 2021

ES 746: Teaching All Students: Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity 

Jan. 29 and Feb. 26, 2022

ES 721: Creativity and Critical Thinking

March 19 and April 9, 2022

ES 771: Designing a Learning Environment

Action Research Poster Presentation and Oral Defense: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Application information

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort. Applications for the fall semester are due Sept. 1. To enroll in the master of education in professional development program, please submit an application. An application fee is required.

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Admission requirements

For more information, please contact:
Phillip Huelsbeck
huelsbpj@uwec.edu
715-836-5400

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