(Olympia, Wash.) In a move that will improve access to advanced education for area teachers, the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the launch of a new Master of Education Program in Curriculum and Instruction at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. The board made the decision at its January 25 meeting. The program is intended for practicing teachers and will offer tracks in Mathematics and English as a Second Language (ESL). It will begin enrolling students immediately. Classes are scheduled to start this summer.
"We've designed a flexible and affordable program to help teachers improve their skills, advance in their careers and take on new leadership roles in the education community," said program director Magda Costantino, Ph.D.
Costantino said the approximate tuition cost for the 40-46 credit, seven quarter program is under $10,000 for Washington residents. "That makes it an excellent value for working teachers," Costantino noted.
Costantino said that in addition to a core curriculum, teachers will also deepen their knowledge in mathematics or ESL education in preparation for state endorsement testing.
"The Master in Education at Evergreen will provide excellent professional development opportunities for teachers in the South Sound region," says Randy Spaulding, Higher Education Coordinating Board director of academic affairs. "Evergreen's proposal was very timely in that it responds to several strategies included in Gov. Chris Gregoire's Washington Learns report, such as the need to build expertise in math and science teaching; improve learning opportunities for English language learners; and encourage diversity and cultural understanding."
"The program builds on the strength of the current Master in Teaching program and Evergreen's teacher professional development activities, and will allow teachers to improve their teaching practice and add additional endorsements in either math or ESL – both of which are in high demand right now," adds Spaulding.
The program will begin with a full-time summer session in July and August and continue with part-time evening and weekend classes through the school year.
Evergreen is offering a series of free information sessions on the new M.Ed. program in February:
- Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m., The Evergreen State College, Seminar II Bldg., Room E 3123
- Feb. 13, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Rochester High School Library, 19800 Carper Rd., Rochester
- Feb. 20, 3-5 p.m., Shelton School District Office Conference Room, 700 S. First St., Shelton
- Feb. 27, 3-5 p.m., Olympia Timberland Regional Library, 313 8th Ave. SE
For more information, visit www.evergreen.edu/med, or call 360-867-6639.