Educational Leadership Option, Master of Education in Education (M.ED.)
The Master of Education with an option in Educational Leadership with two paths. Course work may begin any quarter, including summer.
Master of Education (MEd), Educational Leadership Principal Certificate—The Master of Education degree with an emphasis in educational leadership is ideal for a teacher or other certified staff member who desires to prepare for the challenging, meaningful and essential role of a school leader. The program is grounded in the best practices and current research in educational leadership and management, preparing candidates to meet the diverse needs of each learning environment. In addition, the MEd program meets Washington state requirements for a school principal certificate, as described below, if candidates satisfy the state’s experience requirement (three years) by program completion.
Master of Education (MEd), Educational Leadership No Certification—The second path is ideal for those interested in leadership without certification. No certification is required for admission on this path.
Principal Certificate only—This graduate-level program is designed for teachers or other certified staff members who have already completed a master’s degree in an education-related field and want to pursue a career in educational leadership. Requirements for principal certification in the state of Washington include a teaching certificate or an educational staff associate certificate and at least three years of qualifying experience. Candidates complete five prerequisite courses addressing all aspects of school leadership and a 540-hour internship. Students may begin any quarter, including summer.
Admission Requirements for the MEd Program
- Have earned a baccalaureate degree (either a BA or BS) from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Have earned a grade point average of ≥3.0 on a 4-point scale during the final 90 quarter credits (or 60 semester credits) of the baccalaureate degree.
- Applicants for Educational Leadership concentration desiring to pursue a principal certificate must also submit a copy of a valid certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States. Educational Leadership applicants are also required to have at least three years of certificated experience in a school setting (e.g. teacher, school counselor, school psychologist, etc.).
Principal Certification Path
|TRANSFORMATION OF LEARNING AND TEACHING|
or PSYC 515
|ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY|
|Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundation–choose two||8|
|HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUCATION|
or EDUC 507
|PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN SCHOOL|
|CURRENT ISSUES IN EDUCATION|
or EDUC 506
|Research and Applied Experience||12|
|METHODS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH|
|INTERNSHIP (variable credit, must be taken for 8 credits)|
|EDUC 551||SUPERVISION OF INSTRUCTION||4|
|EDUC 564||SCHOOL LAW||4|
|EDUC 565||LEADERSHIP FOR TODAY'S SCHOOLS||4|
|EDUC 566||LEADERSHIP IN SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS||4|
|EDUC 567||SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION||4|
|Portfolio and Comprehensive Exam||5|
or EDUC 601
or EDUC 614
|PORTFOLIO AND COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP|
- demonstrate an understanding of the current theory, research, and strategies needed to effectively lead schools in preK-12 educational settings;
- demonstrate the competency-based knowledge and skills required for effectively working in leadership roles in preK-12 educational settings in compliance with Washington state standards and program requirements;
- understand and prepare for the educational, social, political, economic, and cultural context within which school leaders work.