Application for IslandWood's Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC)

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Welcome to online application for the IslandWood Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community (EEC), offered in partnership with the University of Washington College of Education. We are excited that you are considering joining the IslandWood EEC community to deepen your skills and knowledge as a culturally-responsive educator for healthy communities and the planet!

Getting Started on Your Application

Please be prepared to upload the following documents:

- Resume
- University of Washington Statement of Purpose  
- IslandWood Dispositions & Growth Submission
- Optional: University of Washington Personal History Statement
- Unofficial Transcript(s)
- Additionally, we request email addresses for two professional and/or academic references, whom we will contact directly once your application is submitted

What Happens After I Submit My Application?

You will receive an email indicating we have received your application and your references will be sent a request to submit Letters of Recommendation.  

An admissions representative will contact you during the four-week review period after the application deadline following your submission date to set up a phone interview with a member of the Grad Admissions Committee. Interview questions will be provided in advance. 

Admission decisions are sent out within eight weeks of the application deadline following your submission date, assuming your application is complete. Applicants will be notified of their admission status via email.

The IslandWood EEC Program offers multiple deadlines throughout the admission cycle and will continue to accept applications as long as space is available in the class.  Early applicants are eligible to receive a tuition discount provided that the online application is submitted by 11:59pm PST on the stated priority deadline. Visit our website for a list of priority deadlines.

For questions, concerns, or to schedule a campus visit, please contact the EEC Admissions Team at or by calling (206) 855-4300.

Our Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

IslandWood encourages a diverse group of applicants because we believe having graduate students that authentically reflect the students and communities we serve is critical to our ability to be culturally responsive.

We provide equal opportunities to all applicants for admission, and welcome applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. 

Important Note

Gathering demographic information allows IslandWood to better understand the students we serve and how we are progressing with our JEDI goals. This information is not used in making admissions decisions, but may play a role in scholarship eligibility.
Personal Information


A first-generation college student is someone for whom neither parent or guardian has earned a four-year bachelor's degree from the United States. This includes students whose parents did not attend college, have an AA, or have attempted college but did not finish.
Current Address

Permanent Address

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Address any pertinent experience, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to this program.

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Two pages, double-spaced, from the University of Washington M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction application

The statement of purpose should address your goals, relevant experience, future plans, and why the 
University of Washington M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction-IslandWood option meets your needs. Be sure to include personal experiences that have prepared you for the challenge of graduate school (a character-defining moment, a personal challenge faced, a hardship overcome or the cultural awareness you've developed).

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IslandWood embraces the following dispositions of a whole-life educator and believes that these attributes can be developed and strengthened through intentional practice and reflection. This is an opportunity to express how you shine and/or hope to grow in one of these areas during your time at IslandWood.

The four dispositions are as follows: 

- Demonstrates a commitment to equality, equity, and inclusion.
- Embraces adventure and leans into discomfort in learning and in the teaching field.
- Demonstrates stamina, resilience, and perseverance in professional and academic work.
- Collaborates with others to advance and improve practice.

We appreciate and value the diversity with which people express themselves and welcome alternate formats for this submission.  You can consider a visual representation (e.g. an original comic, painting, drawing, etc. with a descriptive caption), record a story or song, make a video essay (two minutes or less), or submit a written essay (two pages, double-spaced) if you prefer.  

For large media files, please upload a document that gives a brief description of your submission and an explanation of the dispositions it demonstrates along with relevant links to where the file can be found (e.g. YouTube, Google Drive, a personal blog, etc.).

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Two-page maximum, from the University of Washington M.Ed application

This is an opportunity for applicants to give more context to the admissions committee around elements of their application that they feel deserve further consideration.  Please feel free to share life experiences or extenuating circumstances that you've been unable to adequately portray elsewhere in the application.
Undergraduate Information

e.g. B.A. or B.S.

On 4.0 scale

e.g. Teaching credential, M.A., etc.
College Transcripts

Please include an unofficial copy of your transcripts from each institution you have earned a degree from and/or attended in the last five years.

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Letters of Recommendation

Please provide two contacts who can assess your strengths, ambitions, and areas for growth as a student and/or a professional. Once the application form has been submitted, your references will receive an email with a link to a separate web form where they can submit a recommendation. 
Reference #1

Reference #2

IslandWood Financial Aid

Many applicants are eligible for scholarships and services awards offered by IslandWood.  Additionally, all enrolled graduate students automatically receive a monthly stipend of $500 for a total of $5,000 over the 10 months of the program, regardless of need.

Housing Preference

Alumni Referral

We'd like to thank the alum who referred you to the program!  Please provide as much of their contact information as you know.

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