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ME-PD Alumna, Sarah Compton, Earns Milken Educator Award !

Compton’s student stock market project teaches critical thinking and economic concepts as students invest an imaginary nest egg and manage individual portfolios.  

Compton’s innovative work in the classroom hasn’t gone unnoticed. The 2011 graduate of UWL’s Master of Education-Professional Development program was presented the Milken Educator Award Friday, Feb. 22, during a surprise assembly at her school.  As the 2018-19 recipient of the national award, she received $25,000. She is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Wisconsin and is among the 33 honorees for 2018-19.

Compton says she frequently uses the strategies, resources, and best practices she learned about in her UWL Master of Education-Professional Development cohort in her fifth grade class.

“One thing that still resonates with me is how to incorporate student choice, which improves behavior, motivation and retention,” she says. “I use layered curriculum in reading, which empowers my students to choose their method of learning, their pacing, their collaborative partnerships, and their end product for assessment. Layered curriculum allows me to take on the role of a facilitator, while still making sure my students are working within our content standards.”

Professional Studies in Education Receives
2019 Most Affordable Online College Award

UWL - Institute for Professional Studies in Education is ranked by SR Education Group in the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Educational Leadership for the Master of Education - Professional Development Educational Leadership Emphasis program.

These rankings represent online schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students. UWL's Professional Studies in Education made the rankings at 22nd for Master's Degrees in Educational Leadership! Great program at an affordable price.

SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE - Resulting in only $396/credit

We are pleased to announce the offering scholarships.jpgof scholarships to our entering students for our programs. Scholarships will be available to students with a minimum 3.4 grade average.  Scholarship will be in the amount of $54/credit. Since our existing tuition is $450/credit, the applied scholarship to qualified applicants will take this amount down to $396/credit. For new students, we will look at your entering GPA at application and use that GPA for qualification standards. After initially qualifying for the scholarship at time of application, a 3.4 GPA must be maintained throughout the program to continue receiving the scholarship each term. Check out further scholarship opportunities here.  Scholarship program contingent upon funding.

Experience the Transformation


"Although somewhat skeptical at the onset, I have to admit that when I saw the word “transformative” used for one of the outcomes of the program it was with some curiosity as to how that was measured or even described by the participants. Yet, person after person was able to share with me how each viewed the transformative process so that when educators went back to their buildings, others did see a change in those who had participated and principals indicated that the changes were felt at the building level itself."

Diane Rauschenfels, External Reviewer March 2016