UCDS Opens Enrollment for Master of Education Program in 2020-2021

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 3:41 pm

SEATTLE (October 3, 2019)  — The UCDS College for School Culture is now accepting applications for the  Master of Education graduate program, a 55 credit, two-year-long experience starting in August 2020 that includes curriculum focused on school culture, professional reflection and innovative practice.

Participating as a cohort, graduate students will learn how to apply educational theory to classroom and school practice through an immersive practicum, with a balanced design that unites theory and practice. Courses will include three aspects: foundational theory, applied knowledge and practical experience.

“Our course structure is built to give graduate students an experience that blends coursework with hands-on learning. Degree candidates have the opportunity to work in multiple school settings throughout the program,” said David Garrick, Dean of the UCDS College for School Culture. “We’ve designed a flexible approach to practicum work to provide students with access to a degree that’s both realistic and valuable.”

The UCDS College for School Culture is located in Seattle, Washington and master’s degree students attend courses in-person. The schedule is designed to allow for work and teaching outside the program. Courses in the fall, winter and spring quarters are taught between 4:00pm and 8:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday. During the full-time four-week summer quarter, courses are taught Monday through Friday between 9:00AM – 3:30PM. The 2020 – 2021 academic calendar extends from August 10, 2020 – June 3, 2021.  Students can expect to spend up to 24 hours per week engaging in practicum, completing coursework and attending courses in-person.

To be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and provide the following application materials. Applications will be given priority when submitted by Monday, February 3, 2020:

  • UCDS College for School Culture Application
  • Essay Responses
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendations (1 professional, 1 personal)
  • Academic Transcripts

In their applications, successful candidates for the Master of Education program will be able to express a passion for teaching students, a curiosity and drive for lifelong learning, a commitment to pursuing a career as an education leader and core values that resonate with collaboration, reflection, inquiry and innovation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis. Application instructions and help can be found at https://www.ucds.org/institute/graduate-program/graduate-program-admissions/. Applicants submit their $50 application fee and materials through the Ravenna portal.

“The Master of Education program is an experience built around a small cohort of degree candidates. Students can expect to learn and reflect together for a collaborative, high-impact experience,” Garrick said. “Through this approach, students will learn from one another, igniting curiosity in themselves, their colleagues and students.”

The UCDS College for School Culture connects experiences in classrooms and schools with research and theory. Each course in the Master of Education program is anchored by a practicum experience. Students will complete a Capstone project to contribute to an area of professional interest, as part of the degree program, and build the skills of action research on their journey to become teaching leaders.

To learn more about the Master of Education graduate program, attend an upcoming in-person or virtual information session. For questions, please contact CSC@ucds.org.

This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

About UCDS

Established in 1911, University Child Development School (UCDS) is the Seattle-based education hub that designs a multi-dimensional culture of learning for children (newborn to 5th grade) and adults through innovative programs, educational partnerships and professional development. UCDS Schools, the UCDS Institute and Master of Education Program engage diverse perspectives and ignite positive change through an innovative learning model. Learn more about the UCDS network at www.ucds.org.