Blended – Culturally Responsive/Adventure Education emphasis

Welcome to another Cultural Adventure with the MSED Learning Community (LC) program.

Graduate Faculty Facilitators Tim Sprain and Jeff Hansen are starting another blended Learning Community the fall of 2020, which will graduate fall 2021.

Next start date for this cohort: Fall 2020

Further dates to be determined by the cohort at your first meeting date.  This cohort will be based out of La Crosse.
Tim and Jeff excel in experiential learning and professional development. Jeff is an Educator Effectiveness Coach.  Tim is a PDP reviewer, WSST Region 3 Director, and WI Society of Science Teacher. Collectively they have expertise in Educator Effectiveness, PDP Assessment and Review, Responsive Classroom, Constructivism, Learning Communities, Technology, Action Research, Data Analysis, Environmental Education, Adventure Education, Trauma Informed Education, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Differentiation, Restorative Justice, PBIS, RTI, and Social Justice to name a few. They build a Professional Learning Community by experiencing the culture of the school districts represented by the teachers present within the LC.  
 “To understand your community, you must understand the culture of your community and the only way to do that is to immerse yourself in the physical, social and emotional facets of the school district you serve, only then will a professional educator have the insight to ensure learning for all students.”

Please call or text Tim Sprain (608) 498-2888 or Jeff Hansen (608) 790-1123 directly if you have questions.

This 32 credit graduate program is designed for teachers and other education professionals seeking to meet desired professional advancement goals.

The Master of Science in Education (MSED) Learning Community program is based on a learning-in-community, constructivist philosophy.  Teachers who enroll make a commitment to achieve three goals:

  • to improve professional practice
  • to develop increased proficiency in a content specific area
  • to earn a master's degree

During the time between face to face meetings, your learning is facilitated through Canvas, our online learning management system.

UPDATE: Fall for Education conference has been cancelled for 2020.
The Fall for Education Conference is the first full weekend in November annually.  The conference is part of learning outcomes for each IPSE program including Educational Leadership, Director of Instruction, MSED Learning Communities, and Reading.  A Special Course Fee of $60.00 is incorporated into fall tuition for the conference to help compensate for meals and breaks. Attendance at the conference is a program requirement.


Next cohort start date is Fall 2020.

Fall 2020 Start Dates - 8:00am - 4:30pm
Meeting location will be in La Crosse, WI.
Sunday 9/20
Saturday 10/3 
Sunday 11/8 
Saturday 12/5 

Courses: Blended

Course Course Name Credits
Term 1
EDU 601 Learning Community 1 credit
EDU 641 Educational Research 2 credits
EDU 621 Best Practice Pedagogy 1 credit
EDU 631 Curriculum Development and Assessment 1 credit
EDU 651 Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice in Education 1 credit
EDU 611 Technology in Education 1 credit
EDU 661 Teacher Leadership 1 credit
Term 2
EDU 602 Learning Community 1 credit
EDU 642 Educational Research 2 credits
EDU 622 Best Practice Pedagogy 1 credit
EDU 632 Curriculum Development and Assessment 1 credit
EDU 652 Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice in Education 1 credit
EDU 612 Technology in Education 1 credit
EDU 662 Teacher Leadership 1 credit
Term 3
EDU 703 Learning Community 1 credit
EDU 743 Educational Research 2 credits
EDU 723 Best Practice Pedagogy 1 credit
EDU 733 Curriculum Development and Assessment 1 credit
EDU 753 Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice in Education 1 credit
EDU 713 Technology in Education 1 credit
EDU 763 Teacher Leadership 1 credit
Term 4
EDU 704 Learning Community 1 credit
EDU 744 Educational Research 2 credits
EDU 724 Best Practice Pedagogy 1 credit
EDU 734 Curriculum Development and Assessment 1 credit
EDU 754 Democracy, Diversity and Social Justice in Education 1 credit
EDU 714 Technology in Education 1 credit
EDU 764 Teacher Leadership 1 credit
TOTAL   32 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 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 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 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 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 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS ~ take tuition down to 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 an undergraduate grade point average (GPA)  minimum of 3.5.  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 undergraduate GPA at application and use that GPA for qualification standards. After initially qualifying for the scholarship at time of application, a 3.5 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.

Other Fees
A $56 application fee is charged at time of application. There will be a
 Fall for Education Conference special course fee of $60 in addition to your fall tuition. Each semester there is also a $25 registration charge and a $2 per credit fee for the learning management system, Canvas. There is a $38 graduation fee charged your last semester to cover the cost of the diploma, cover and commencement ceremony. 

The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that candidates for admission to a teacher education, administration, or pupil services program successfully pass a criminal background check (CBC) as one criterion for admission. Minimum cost of the CBC is $24. This is not a requirement for any of the MSED programs that don't result in licensure.

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 is available for the Director of Instruction program if completed in the term immediately following the completion of the MSED Educational Leadership emphasis program.


  • Maximum enrollment is limited to 40 degree seeking students.
  • 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, MSED Adventure Based, MSED Culturally Responsive Emphasis, MSED Leadership Emphasis, MSED Trauma Informed Care Emphasis, MSED Whole Child & Authentic Learning, MSED Global Immersion, and MSED New Teacher Master's.
    • Professional Development - Learning Community (Online) for… MSED 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: