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Museum Education & Interpretation


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Weekends
  • Cost : $633

Next Start Date:

January 9, 2021

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

In this course, we'll explore the history and types of education in the museum world. You'll learn how to motivate children and adult learners with impactful curricula that aligns with the mission of the museum. You'll develop strategies for planning and managing new program development and docent training. We'll cover how to assess the needs of your audience and evaluate the impact of your educational programming. Expand your competency in museum outreach through interactive assignments that include conducting an interpretation exercise, evaluating museum educational program offerings, brainstorming an immersive learning experience and developing a docent training plan. As a final project, students will propose a museum educational program.

Topics include:

  • Educational program areas in museums
  • Learning styles and theories
  • Children’s programming; working with teachers and content standards
  • Creating powerful curricula
  • Docent training and instruction
  • Interpretation and interactivity in art museums
  • Program evaluation and assessment

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Museum Studies .

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Course Sessions


Meet your instructor

Tara McCauley

Director of Education, Burke Museum


You'll earn 1.8 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit courses.

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