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, their leadership and their students' engagement and learning.
All courses throughout the program focus on equity and justice, inclusion, critical thinking and collaboration. Each course is co-taught with a UWEC faculty member and an experienced K-12 schoolteacher, with the goal of developing collaborative leaders. Coursework is intentionally designed for continuous application of theory to practice in your own classroom, providing ways for you to determine the practices that work best for you and your context. As part of the final capstone requirement, you’ll explore your own action research project and discover how you can develop your professional practice to improve student learning and create change in your school.
As a graduate of the MEPD program, you'll leave UW-Eau Claire with a variety of research-based strategies to apply to your own classroom. Additionally, you'll find that a better understanding of research and evidence-based practices enables you to make data-informed decisions and enhance student engagement and outcomes. Whether you seek new understandings, strategic ways to facilitate student learning, or the opportunity to re-envision your leadership, our renowned program will provide the experiences and skills necessary for change.
Convenient, flexible scheduling. The MEPD program was designed specifically for busy educators, with a predominantly online approach as well as a few opportunities to connect in person with colleagues. The rest of the program is online with peer engagement. Classes are scheduled year-round so that all educators are able to complete their degree in two years.
An enriching, collaborative learning environment. Supported by a cohort of professionals, you'll meet people who — like you — are passionate about education and motivating learners. Together, you'll share ideas, have rich discussions and build on 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 outstanding K-12 educators. The opportunity to present your final capstone project to administrators and the public enables 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. Alongside expert instructors, you'll discover and participate in research, applying what you learned to your practice.
- Program length: two years
- Campus: Eau Claire
- Mode of delivery: hybrid, some in-person classes with the majority online
- Credits: 30
- Program cost: $400 per credit
- Students will earn a Master of Education-Professional Development (ME-PD) degree.
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.
The master of education in professional development program is a 30-credit, 20-month master's program comprised of 10 courses.
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.
What classes do master of education in professional development students take?
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 discussions and work per week.
- ES 755: Collaborative Leadership: Building Effective Relationships
- ES 720: Cultural and Social Foundations of Learning
- ES 788: Introduction to Educational Inquiry
- ES 738: Curricular Design and Innovation
- ES 710: Student Development and Learning
- ES 740: Introduction to Action Research
- ES 774: Evaluation, Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making
- ES 746: Teaching All Students: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- ES 771: Designing a Learning Environment
- ES 742: Advanced Topics in Teaching
- Action Research Poster Presentation and Oral Defense
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2025 cohort.
To enroll in the master of education in professional development program, please submit an application. An application fee is required.
You will also need to include:
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
- A professional resume reflecting your years of teaching experience.
- A statement of professional aspirations and related needs.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
- A minimum of two years of teaching experience or equivalent experience.
- Documented commitment to teaching or education-related profession (i.e., teaching certification, a statement from a supervisor or equivalent).
- A resume of career-related experiences.
- A statement of professional aspirations and related needs.
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