What is a Learning Community & Who are Our Students?

Each Learning Community brings together 15-40 students, led by 2 facilitators, who start the graduate program together, work through the spiraled curriculum over each of the four semesters, and graduate together.  ME-PD Learning Communities offer many benefits, such as:

  • Students get the personalized attention of a small college network with the resources of the University of Wisconsin system.
  • Students collaborate, learn and grow with colleagues who have similar professional goals.
  • Learning Communities naturally build friendships and create professional and personal networks.

Within each Learning Community, smaller groups are formed to work together and support one another for the duration of the program.  Educators from all areas of PK-16 education, as well as professionals from other fields, successfully graduate from this program.  Although it is not absolutely necessary to be teaching, students need an academic workplace to apply the curriculum and conduct Action Research.

Professionals who have graduated from the ME-PD Learning Community include:

  • PK-16 Educators (including music/band, art, physical education and special education teachers)
  • Technical college instructors
  • Youth counselors
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • School administrators
  • Pre-school educators 

Non-Wisconsin Teaching Licensure/Certification
UW-La Crosse programs offering a licensure or certification in Wisconsin will need to be reviewed by the State Board of Education of any other state in which the student plans on teaching. The individual state education boards determine what courses transfer in to meet license or certification requirements for each state.