Next cohort start date: Spring 2019

This 30 credit program is designed for teachers and other education professionals seeking to meet desired professional advancement goals.
This program begins exclusively in the spring and summer terms. Online program does not start in fall term. 
The Master of Education-Professional Development (ME-PD) Learning Community program is based on a learning-in-community, constructivist philosophy.  Teachers who enroll make an 18-month commitment to achieve three goals:
  • to improve professional practice
  • to develop increased proficiency in a content specific area
  • to earn a master's degree

The online format combines three semesters of 100% online learning and two summers of face-to-face for a week at UWL with additional online work for the rest of the summer terms.  
Summer Institute 2019: July 15th-19th
Summer Institute 2020: July 13th-17th

Get your master's degree in 18 months. Additionally, once each year you will attend our Annual Fall for Education Conference, held the same hours as your Learning Community weekend, where you will be exposed to best practices in education featuring speakers from across the nation.

  • The ME-PD Online Program is approved in the following states:
    AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MS, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, WA, WI, WY


Course Course Name Credit
Term 1
EDU 601 Learning in Community I 1 credit
EDU 611 Technology in Education I 1 credit
EDU 631 Curriculum Development and Assessment I 1 credit
EDU 651 Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education I 1 credit
EDU 661 Teacher Leadership I 1 credit
EDU 621 Best Practice Pedagogy I 1 credit
Term 2
EDU 602 Learning in Community II 1 credit
EDU 612 Technology in Education II 1 credit
EDU 632 Curriculum Development and Assessment II 1 credit
EDU 652 Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education II 1 credit
EDU 641 Educational Research I 1 credit
EDU 622 Best Practice Pedagogy II 1 credit
Term 3
EDU 703 Learning in Community III 1 credit
EDU 713 Technology in Education III 1 credit
EDU 733 Curriculum Development and Assessment III 1 credit
EDU 662 Teacher Leadership II 1 credit
EDU 642 Educational Research II 2 credits
Term 4
EDU 704 Learning in Community IV 1 credit
EDU 723 Best Practice Pedagogy III 1 credit
EDU 734 Curriculum Development and Assessment IV 1 credit
EDU 753 Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education III 1 credit
EDU 763 Teacher Leadership III 1 credit
EDU 743 Educational Research III 1 credit
Term 5
EDU 714 Technology in Education IV 1 credit
EDU 724 Best Practice Pedagogy IV 1 credit
EDU 754 Democracy, Diversity, and Social Justice in Education IV 1 credit
EDU 744 Educational Research IV 2 credits
EDU 764 Teacher Leadership IV 1 credit
TOTAL   30 credits


EDU 601/EDU 602/EDU 703/EDU 704       Learning in Community   
In this course, students will come to understand the value of learning in a collaborative setting.  Students will examine theories and key aspects of community development.  Students will practice creating and sustaining community within the learning community and within their workplace.  Opportunities will also be given to explore developing professional learning communities beyond the program.


  • Students will understand what it means to learn in community.
  • Students will examine theories of community development.
  • Students will create and sustain learning in community within the ME-PD Learning Community.
  • Students will create and sustain learning in community within the professional workplace.         


EDU 641/EDU 642/EDU 743/EDU 744      Educational Research    
In this course, students will gain knowledge of action research and implement an action research study in the workplace.  Students will understand and experience all stages of the action research process.  Students will recognize the value of data in making    decisions regarding PK-16 teaching and learning.  Students will complete an action research study and disseminate the results.


  • Students will recognize different methods of educational research.
  • Students will identify and implement various data collection tools.
  • Students will understand and implement an action research study.
  • Students will write a scholarly action research article.


EDU 631/EDU 632/EDU 733/EDU 734       Curriculum Development and Assessment    
In this course, students will evaluate current curriculum, investigate curricular frameworks, and align curriculum to teaching standards and academic standards.  Students will experience, investigate and implement various forms of assessment.  Students will design classroom curriculum that aligns curriculum and assessment for the purpose of improving PK-16 student learning.


  • Students will evaluate the current curriculum and assessment practices.
  • Students will improve their knowledge of academic content area.
  • Students will align classroom curriculum and assessment with teaching standards and academic content standards.
  • Students will collect and analyze evidence of PK-16 student learning and modify instruction as necessary.
  • Students will utilize ongoing assessments to monitor and promote student learning and to guide curriculum development.
  • Students will critique, identify, and develop quality curriculum.


EDU 621/EDU 622/EDU 723/EDU 724       Best Practice Pedagogy     
In this course, students will study and apply research-based best practices for teaching and learning.  They will be challenged to reflect upon current practice, incorporate best practices, and improve future practice as they seek continuous improvement.    Students will be provided a variety of forums to investigate, analyze and reflect upon their implementation of multiple instructional methodologies for the purpose of improving PK-16 student learning.


  • Students will study and apply research-based best practices and current research to teaching with the purpose to improve   PK-16 student learning.
  • Students will understand brain development as it relates to student learning and the learning environment.
  • Students will align teaching and instruction to the developmental needs of their students.
  • Students will be familiar with and apply instructional strategies appropriate for specific content area subject matter.


EDU 651/EDU 652/EDU 753/EDU 754     Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice in Education     
In this course, students will examine social issues that influence the Learning Community, personal behavior, professional settings and institutional systems.  Issues explored will include (but will not be limited to) class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and religion, as well as harassment and bullying.  Through this exploration, students will understand how social issues influence relationships in order to take action regarding equity and justice in the workplace.


  • Students will examine areas of diversity that influence the Learning Community and current professional settings.
  • Students will examine reflectively the issues of diversity including, but not limited to class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and religion.
  • Students will promote issues of equity and justice.
  • Students will understand how diversity influences relationships at a personal and institutional level.
  • Students will understand harassment and bullying.


EDU 611/EDU 612/EDU 713/EDU 714               Technology in Education     
In this course, students will distinguish between informational and instructional technology.  They will be exposed to a variety of technology tools and software and gain practical technology skills.  Students will use a variety of online tools and programs to    communicate and collaborate.  They will analyze and implement developmentally appropriate instructional technology in their    workplace.  They will explore current technology and how it relates to the culture of PK 16 students.  Students will document       competency related to student-created goals in a professional development portfolio.


  • Students will distinguish between informational technology and instructional technology.
  • Students will be exposed to various informational and instructional technology tools and software.
  • Students will be able to create, communicate and collaborate online.
  • Students will explore the role of current technology and PK-16 student culture.
  • Students will discover what technology is developmentally appropriate for their students.
  • Students will critically choose when, where, and how to integrate technology within their classrooms.


EDU 661/EDU 662/EDU 763/EDU 764               Teacher Leadership     
In this course, students will explore teacher leadership that strengthens professional practice.  They will reflect upon political issues and educational issues in developing their personal and professional identity.  Students will be challenged to demonstrate educational leadership beyond their own classroom.  Students will explore initiatives related to systems and trends that improve and contribute to learning.


  • Students will develop an awareness of and a means of utilizing their personal and professional identities.
  • Students will share newly acquired skills and knowledge with others in the profession.
  • Students will demonstrate leadership in the educational profession beyond teaching in their own classroom.
  • Students will develop political awareness of educational issues.
  • Students will develop an understanding of school systems.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees vary among UW System campuses, and sometimes among programs within a campus.  For the ME-PD Learning Community program, tuition fees are the same for both in state and out of state residents.  Tuition and fees are determined late summer immediately preceding each academic year.  

Credits Rate $450 per credit
Masters or Certificate
WI residents and non-residents
8 Credit Semester $3,600
7 Credit Semester $3,150
6 Credit Semester $2,700

SCHOLARSHIPS ~ take tuition down to only $396/credit
We are pleased to announce the offering of scholarships to our existing and entering students for our Fall programs. Scholarships will be available to students with a minimum 3.0 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.  Existing students we will look at your GPA at time of your last term to determine qualification standards.

Other Fees
A $56 application fee is charged at time of application. There will be a
 Fall for Education Conference special course fee of $50 in addition to your fall tuition. Each semester there is also a $25 registration charge and a $2 per credit fee for D2L services.  There is a $38 graduation fee charged your last semester to cover the cost of the diploma, cover and commencement ceremony. 

If you have questions about fees, contact the Cashier's Office or the Office of Admissions.  The Board of Regents reserves the right to change tuition and fees without published notice.

In addition to tuition, book costs will average $100-200 per semester.  Your facilitators will communicate required book lists throughout the semesters.  Also budget for school supplies (paper, pens, folders, etc.).

Financial Aid

Financial Aid - IF APPLICABLE

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at You will be asked to insert the Federal School Code for UW-La Crosse which is: 003919


  •    Maximum enrollment is limited to 24 degree seeking students, so apply now!
  •    Your completed Application for Graduate Admission secures a seat in the program.
  •    Have a group of interested individuals in our program?  We will bring a Learning            Community to your location.

Step One: Application to Graduate School

Complete the Application for Graduate Admission form and remit a $56* nonrefundable application fee online at:
*Nonrefundable: The $56 application fee will be refunded if the class session does not reach the minimum enrollment of 10 students for online or 18 students for blended and face-to-face sessions.

When completing the application, here are some helpful hints to use on certain pages of the application in order to apply for the correct program.

  • Post-Secondary: Choose Graduate Degree (Master, Doctoral, Specialist, Professional)
  • Reason for Applying: Choose Graduate Degree, Licensure or Certificate
  • Graduate Programs: Choose…..
    • Professional Development - Educational Leadership for the Educational Leadership Master’s program. Get your master’s and your Principalship (5051).
    • Professional Development - Learning Community for…. Blended cohorts, ME-PD Adventure Based, ME-PD Math Emphasis, ME-PD Culturally Responsive Emphasis, ME-PD Leadership Emphasis, ME-PD Trauma Informed Care Emphasis
    • Professional Development - Learning Community (Online) for… ME-PD Online.

Request ALL OFFICIAL UNDERGRADUATE transcripts from ALL previous post-secondary     institutions attended.  This includes transfer credits even if they appear on another school transcript.  If you attended UW-La Crosse, you do not need to request those transcripts.  Please contact each institution individually to request your academic records.  Most universities allow you to request transcripts online.

All official transcripts must be sent directly to:
Graduate Admissions Office
142 Cleary Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Or by email to:

Step Two: Financial Aid - IF APPLICABLE

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at  You will be asked to insert the Federal School Code for UW-La Crosse which is: 003919

Step Three: Registering for 1st Semester Courses

Registration opens when the Learning Community (LC) is confirmed. Once the LC is confirmed, registration materials, book lists and other information will be emailed to you a couple weeks prior to the beginning of your first weekend.
Register for your first semester courses using our WINGS system at: