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Thinking about Getting a Master’s in Education? 3 Key Reasons Why Wisconsinites Should Choose a Small Graduate Environment

Posted By Nancy Sim On January 24, 2019

THINKING ABOUT GETTING A MASTER’S IN EDUCATION? 3 KEY REASONS WHY WISCONSINITES SHOULD CHOOSE A SMALL GRADUATE ENVIRONMENT-1

Many Wisconsinites are rightfully proud to work in and support the state’s school system.

Wisconsin has been recognized as one of the top-ranked state school systems in the country, for metrics related to both quality and safety, and Wisconsin’s high-quality educators and administrators are a huge part of the state’s success.

How can we ensure that education in Wisconsin continues to improve? By supporting professional development and graduate education for our dedicated teachers and administrators.

If you are an education professional looking to grow as an individual and to improve your ability to serve your students and your school, here’s a look at three key reasons why you should consider a small Wisconsin-focused graduate program for your master’s degree in education.

1. You’ll receive more personalized attention from professors.

For those who already work in education environments, you know how powerful personalized attention can be for your students. The same thing applies to you when you begin to explore graduate education programs in Wisconsin.

When you choose a small-size program, you are choosing more one-on-one time with experienced professors. Your presence in a small program matters; professors will be able to tailor the skills and knowledge you receive to both fulfill all Wisconsin state standards and to be most relevant to your individual career challenges and needs.

2. You’ll have more ownership and support to complete classes and projects.

When you are learning in a graduate program that is very large or offered only online, it can be difficult to challenge yourself and stay engaged. It also can be tough to get the support you need if you are really struggling to complete a project or master the practical application of a concept. A small, face-to-face graduate program encourages you to perform at your best and to ask for help when you need it since you are known well to everyone in the room.

At Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, the concept of servant leadership is central to the program. We help education professionals learn how to step into their full potential as leaders inside and outside the classroom.

Here’s how Dr. Michael Dunlap, dean of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s School of Education, characterizes the program’s emphasis on ownership:

“The Teacher Leadership and Administrator Leadership programs place a strong emphasis on servant leadership and best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment. Building a positive culture, decision-making, problem-solving and change also are stressed. The goal is for participants to become change agents in their districts and schools in order to forward student learning.”

It’s easy to get lost in a big graduate education program or in online classrooms. Our learning model helps our students both get the support they need to succeed and also to be challenged and take ownership of their own learning.

3. You’ll build an incredible network of fellow educators through classroom discussions.

Graduates from our graduate education programs have described the experience as “transformative.” This is in large part due to the close bonds that are built within our learning cohorts.

According to Dr. Michael Dunlap, the cohort model helps keep the emphasis of the program on practicality:

“Our program is delivered via a learning communities/cohort approach with emphasis on real-world application, reflection, empowerment and change. While theory is important, application is always the goal. We believe knowledge is of no use unless it is put into practice. Developing the capacity to engage thoughtfully in authentic problem-solving is a part of every class meeting. Students learn as much from each other as they do from their facilitators.”

Over the course of the program, students are encouraged to share their challenges and lean on their cohort for advice, encouragement and support. These relationships with other educators are a crucial part of the learning experience and stay with you after the program is completed.

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Offers the Graduate Education Program You Need

Here at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, we are proud to support and educate some of our state’s dedicated teachers and administrators. We know how hard you work and how much you care for the students you serve.

That’s why we offer two different master’s degrees in education designed for the working education professional: a Master of Arts in Education Teacher Leadership Program and a Master of Arts in Education Administrator Leadership Program.

Our small-scale programs offers you maximum flexibility and maximum learning as you spend one year learning in close contact with your cohort and your professors.

With cohorts based in Chippewa Falls, Manitowoc, Wausau and Pulaski, our graduate education program allows educators from across the state to easily access face-to-face classes without relocating or being forced to rely on online coursework.

Choosing a small graduate education program could be your ticket to career growth, increased confidence and ability in the classroom, new licenses and certifications, and so much more.

Ready to learn more about The College’s two graduate education programs? Check out free resource for detailed program information today!

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Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 


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