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College of Education

College Overview

Dean
Mia Tuan
222 Miller

Associate Deans
Carol David
Deborah E. McCutchen
Ann O’Doherty
Joy Williamson-Lott

Assistant Deans
Martin Howell
Patrick Sexton

The College of Education is dedicated to equity and excellence in education through the preparation and renewal of education professionals, the promotion of social justice, the advancement of knowledge through research, and the connection of research to inform policy and improve practice. In its graduate programs the College has four broad curricular areas: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, and Special Education. Graduate degrees conferred include the MIT, MEd, EdS, EdD, and PhD. Certification can be earned in teaching (elementary, secondary, and special education), school administration (principals, program administrators, and superintendents), and school psychology.

In addition, the College offers three BA degrees: (1) education, communities, and organizations; (2) early childhood and family studies, offered in both the traditional classroom format and through an online degree completion program; (3) early care and education (online option). In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, the College also offers an undergraduate minor in education, learning, and society.

The College of Education at the UW believes that an effective public education system for a diverse citizenry is the cornerstone of a democratic society. To that end, the College dedicates its resources to helping make an excellent education an everyday reality for every student in every community across the state and country. As part of a major university located in a metropolitan area, the College is able to work in collaboration with a number of school districts in the area to provide teaching, research, and field experiences for its students.

Special Offices and Services

The College of Education maintains a number of specialized offices. Among these are the Office of Teacher Education, the Office of Student Services, the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and a Writing Support Center. In addition, the College maintains formal relationships with a number of school districts in the area to provide research and field experience opportunities for students. Individuals interested in teacher certification, in graduate degree programs, or in the early childhood and family studies major, may visit the College's website, education.uw.edu, or e-mail edinfo@uw.edu, for additional information.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
206 Miller Hall
(206) 221-3527
edinfo@uw.edu

The College of Education offers the following programs of study:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in education, communities, and organizations
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in early childhood and family studies
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Early Care and Education (online option)
  • A minor in education, learning, and society (with the College of Arts & Sciences)

Bachelor of Arts

Education, Communities, and Organizations

Department Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfactory progress toward completion of general education requirements; minimum 60 credits
  2. Completion of one English composition course (minimum 2.5 grade), EDUC 280 (minimum 2.0 grade), and minimum 2.50 overall GPA
  3. Application deadlines: April 15 for autumn admission; October 15 for winter admission. Depending on program capacity, applications may be considered after the deadlines.

Information sessions are offered to learn more about the major and how to apply. See schedule at education.uw.edu/programs/undergraduate/eco/admissions

For further information, see: education.uw.edu/programs/undergraduate/eco

General Education Requirements

  1. Language and Reasoning Skills
    1. English Composition (5 credits)
    2. Foreign Language (0-15 credits, depending on placement; foreign language required through third quarter if student did not complete three years in high school)
    3. Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits)
    4. Writing Courses (10 credits)
    5. Diversity Course (3 credits)
  2. Areas of Knowledge
    1. Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA) (15 credits)
    2. Individuals & Societies (I&S) (15 credits)
    3. Natural World (NW) (15 credits)
    4. Areas of Knowledge (15 additional credits from any area)

Courses taken to satisfy admission requirements and language and reasoning skills requirements may also fulfill Areas of Knowledge requirements. Courses used to fulfill major requirements may also fulfill these requirements, including up to 15 credits of EDUC-prefix courses.

Major Requirements

67 credits

  1. EDUC 280 (2 credits)
  2. Core Courses (25 credits): EDUC 251, EDUC 370, EDPSY 302/EDPSY 380/EDPSY 404 (one course, depending on life-span emphasis – child, adolescent, or adult development), EDUC 472, EDUC 473
  3. Concentration Electives (25 credits): See adviser for current list
  4. Major Capstone Courses (15 credits minimum): EDUC 481, EDUC 482, EDUC 483
  5. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses used to satisfy major requirements
  6. Minimum 45 credits applied to the major taken through the UW

Student Learning Objectives

  1. Understand social and cultural influences on individuals, communities, and organizations.
  2. Understand the process of learning disciplinary knowledge and practices, recognizing the relationship between kinds of learning that happen within and across settings, both inside and outside schools.
  3. Identify community assets and needs for informing research, policy, and practice.
  4. Critically evaluate research on education, human development, and learning across settings.
  5. Understand processes for partnering with the community to transform public policy and institutional practices.
  6. Apply research findings to address problems of practice in schools and organizations.
  7. Understand protective and risk factors influencing learning and development at different stages in life.
  8. Engage in ongoing reflection of identities and biases that affect personal and professional growth, in order effectively to partner with communities.
  9. Develop an active understanding of the complex cultural and institutional dynamics shaping educational settings in order to dismantle systemic barriers impacting youth and communities.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge and effective practice in community and organizational settings.

Early Childhood and Family Studies

Students participate in fieldwork and/or research throughout their junior and senior years. Alumni pursue careers in social services/mental health, education, childcare, or research. They may also pursue graduate studies in education, speech and hearing sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, psychology, nutrition, and social work.

Department Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfactory progress toward completion of general education requirements
  2. Admission is capacity constrained, based on the following criteria. Completion of requirements does not guarantee admission.
    1. Two-to-three page personal statement reflecting an interest in the early childhood and family studies major and a commitment to learning about the field
    2. Overall academic performance reflected in copies of unofficial transcripts
    3. Other evidence of interest in and commitment to the field (e.g., work experience, volunteer experience, or internships)
    4. Grades in any completed recommended courses and courses applied to major requirements
  3. Applications due October 15 for winter quarter start and April 15 for autumn quarter start. For current UW students, notification is sent two weeks later; for transfer students, notification is sent after applicants are admitted to the UW. Applications may be considered after the dates above on a case-by-case basis, depending on program capacity.

Students accepted typically have a minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA and a minimum grade of 2.0 for any prior college coursework that can be applied toward the major.

Information Sessions: Information sessions are offered to learn more about the major and how to apply. See schedule at education.uw.edu/programs/undergraduate/ecfs.

For further information see education.uw.edu/programs/undergraduate/ecfs/, or inquire at 206 Miller.

General Education Requirements

See College of Arts and Sciences requirements. A maximum 15 credits in ECFS-prefix courses from the University Areas of Knowledge list may be counted toward the UW Areas of Knowledge requirements.

Major Requirements

80-87 credits

  1. Early Childhood and Family Studies Core Courses (47 credits): ECFS 200, NSG 432, ECFS 303, ECFS 311, ECFS 401, ECFS 402, ECFS 419, EDPSY 302, EDPSY 406, EDSPE 304, and either EDUC 305 or EDUC 310
  2. Area of Study (30-46 credits): one of the areas below
    1. Option in core: Minimum 30 credits, 20 taken within the College of Education, to include ECFS 403 and courses from teaching and learning; young exceptional children; cross cultural/multicultural education; human development and learning sciences; family and community engagement/policy; and child and family health. See website for approved list of electives.
    2. Option in teaching and learning
      1. ECFS 301, ECFS 312, ECFS 321, ECFS 400, ECFS 410, ECFS 411, ECFS 454, ECFS 455, and ECFS 456
      2. At least one from the following: ECFS 480 or EDUC 170
  3. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses used to satisfy major requirements
  4. Minimum 40 credits applied to the major taken through the UW

Early Care and Education (Online Option)

Department Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfactory progress toward completion of general education requirements
  2. Admission is capacity constrained, based on the following criteria. Completion of requirements does not guarantee admission.
    1. Two-to-three page personal statement reflecting an interest in the early childhood and family studies major and a commitment to learning about the field
    2. Overall academic performance reflected in copies of unofficial transcripts
    3. Other evidence of interest in and commitment to the field (e.g., work experience, volunteer experience, or internships)
    4. Grades in any completed recommended courses and courses applied to major requirements
    5. Completion of at least 70 transferable credits
  3. Application deadlines are posted on the website. Applications may be considered after the deadline on a case-by-case basis, depending on program capacity.
  4. This is a limited admission program. Students admitted to the ECFS online program are not allowed to transfer to another onsite or online major/degree program or complete a minor without reapplying to the UW through the normal admission review process.

Students accepted into the major typically have a minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA and a minimum grade of 2.0 for any prior college coursework that may be applied toward the major.

Information Sessions: Offered to learn more about the major and how to apply. See schedule at http://www.onlinedegreecompletion.uw.edu/events/.

For further information, see http://education.uw.edu/programs/undergraduate/online-degree-completion-program/ecfs, or inquire at 206 Miller.

General Education Requirements

See College of Arts and Sciences requirements. Maximum of 15 credits in ECFS-prefix courses from the University Areas of Knowledge list may be counted toward the UW Areas of Knowledge requirements.

Major Requirements

83-90 credits

  1. Early Childhood and Family Studies Core Courses (49 credits): ECFS 200, ECFS 201, NSG 432, ECFS 303, ECFS 310, ECFS 311, ECFS 401, ECFS 402,ECFS 419, EDPSY 302, EDPSY 406, EDSPE 304
  2. Area of Study (34-41 credits): one of the areas below
    1. Minimum 30 credits to include ECFS 403 and courses from teaching and learning; young exceptional children; cross cultural/multicultural education; human development and learning sciences; family and community engagement/policy; and child and family health. See website for approved list of electives.
    2. Option in teaching and learning
      1. ECFS 301, ECFS 312, ECFS 321, ECFS 400, ECFS 410, ECFS 411, ECFS 454, ECFS 455, ECFS 456, ECFS 480
  3. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses used to satisfy major requirements
  4. Minimum 64 credits applied to the major taken through the UW Seattle campus

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives: The early childhood and family studies major immerses students in the study of child and family development and education. Students learn about child development, early learning, and family studies from a variety of perspectives. They receive a strong grounding in reading and understanding the theory and evidence that provide the foundation for the field and drive current research and policy efforts.
  • Expected Outcomes: Students apply their knowledge and skill as they work alongside community-based teachers, community leaders, and care providers. The degree provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers in early learning, childcare, parent and family support and education, child and community advocacy and organization, and social/mental health services. It also serves as a pathway for graduate studies in education, child and family studies, educational policy, special education, and other areas. This interdisciplinary major is offered at the sophomore, junior, and senior level.
  • Service Learning and Research: Two sequences of field-based experiences provide students with real life-learning opportunities in community-based early childhood or family support/education settings. Students participate in both an introductory seminar experience as well as a sequenced field experience during their first year in service learning. During the second phase, students participate in a three-quarter senior service learning, research, and senior project that provides advanced opportunities to integrate theory and practice in community-based early childhood or family support programs, and/or research settings. The seminar ties together research and practice, demonstrating how research informs evidence-based decision-making in programs and services. Students also receive guidance in career options and current events in the field, tying in major experiences with their own developmental and career goals. Learning objectives are outlined in class.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Department Scholarships: See departmental website for undergraduate scholarship information.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Associated Students of the College of Education (ASCE) and International Educators of the College of Education (IECE).

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate Program Coordinator
206 Miller, Box 353600
(206) 543-7834
edinfo@uw.edu

The College of Education currently offers five advanced degrees: Master in Teaching (MIT), Master of Education (MEd), Educational Specialist (EdS), Doctor of Education (EdD), and doctor of philosophy (PhD). The MIT degree is awarded to elementary and secondary certification students. The EdS degree is awarded to school psychology certification students. Graduate students working toward other degrees may specialize in curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, educational leadership and policy studies, or special education.. Questions should be directed to edinfo@uw.edu, or to the College's website

Master in Teaching

The Master in Teaching (MIT) degree results in a Washington residency teaching certificate for elementary or secondary (specific subjects) school teaching. The program is an integrated sequence of full-time, daytime coursework and field experiences spanning four quarters Field experiences are in partner schools in the Seattle/Puget Sound area chosen to provide experience working with children from racially and culturally diverse communities.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) credits
  2. Goal statement
  3. 40 or more hours in a classroom that most closely matches the subject and grade level the applicant wishes to teach
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or professional references
  5. Passing scores from all three subtests of the WEST-B examination. Passing scores on the ACT and/or the SAT may be submitted in lieu of the WEST-B.
  6. Official transcripts from all community colleges and universities attended
  7. Secondary applicants: complete required content courses in the endorsement subject they wish to teach.
  8. Elementary applicants: complete prerequisite courses in child development and mathematics for elementary teachers.
  9. Secondary and Elementary applicants: complete one prerequisite course in education of an ethnic group.

Degree Requirements

60-101 credits

  1. Elementary Education Focus
    1. Courses: EDC&I 324; EDC&I 494; EDC&I 586; EDLPS 496; EDSPE 526; EDTEP 501, EDTEP 502, EDTEP 503; EDTEP 505; EDTEP 511; EDTEP 521, EDTEP 522; EDTEP 523; EDTEP 531, EDTEP 532, EDTEP 533; EDTEP 541; EDTEP 542; EDTEP 543; EDTEP 551; EDTEP 552; EDTEP 601; UCONJ 510.
    2. The current Washington state endorsement for elementary teachers is "elementary education." Graduates may be hired to teach specific or multiple subjects in middle or junior high school through grade 8. Those interested in teaching in the middle schools are encouraged to discuss this option with advisers in the Office of Student Services.
  2. Elementary Special Education Focus: EDC&I 324; EDC&I 494; EDC&I 586; EDLPS 496; EDSPE 404; EDSPE 414; EDSPE 496; EDSPE 496; EDSPE 500; EDSPE 513; EDSPE 514; EDSPE 526; EDSPE 545; EDSPE 601; EDTEP 501, EDTEP 502, EDTEP 503; EDTEP 505; EDTEP 511; EDTEP 521, EDTEP 522; EDTEP 523; EDTEP 531, EDTEP 532, EDTEP 533; EDTEP 541; EDTEP 542; EDTEP 543; EDTEP 551; EDTEP 552; EDTEP 601; UCONJ 510.
  3. Secondary Education Focus: EDC&I 494; EDC&I 586; EDTEP 551; EDTEP 561; EDTEP 562, EDTEP 563; EDTEP 564; EDTEP 565; EDTEP 571; EDTEP 573; either EDTEP 580, EDTEP 582, EDTEP 584, EDTEP 586, or EDTEP 588; either EDTEP 581, EDTEP 583, EDTEP 585, EDTEP 587, EDTEP 589; EDTEP 591; EDTEP 592; EDTEP 593; EDTEP 595; EDTEP 601; elective outside education

Master of Education

Minimum 45 credits, including minimum 15 credits in a specialized area in education; 9 credits related to, but outside the area of specialization, some coursework outside education; 9 thesis credits or, for the non-thesis option, 9 credits in a field study or other approved project; final examination.

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  2. Minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 90 graded quarter credits (or 60 semester credits)
  3. Transcripts from each college or univerity attended
  4. GRE scores
  5. Personal goal statement
  6. At least two letters of recommendation
  7. Prerequisites stipulated by the area of specialization within the College

Degree Requirements, Curriculum and Instruction Programs

Credits vary, depending on option

  1. Common Area Requirements (18 credits)
    1. Foundations of education (9 credits): Courses such as history of education, education as a moral endeavor, human learning, curriculum design, special topics in curriculum and instruction.
    2. Thesis, non-thesis, or project option (9 credits): May be satisfied by a 9-credit culminating project or 9 credits at the 500 level or above related to the student's teaching and research interests.
    3. Colloquium presentation: Visual representation of the student’s work (usually a poster). Students attend one other colloquium prior to presenting.
  2. Language, Literacy, and Culture Study Option (27 credits)
    1. Core studies (9 credits): Selected from the following: EDC&I 453, EDC&I 455, EDC&I 460, EDC&I 462
    2. Assessment and inquiry (3 credits)
    3. Concentrations (15 credits): Minimum three courses in the literacy strand and minimum one course in each of the other strands. ESL specialists select minimum three courses in ESL and minimum one course in each of the other strands.
  3. Mathematics Education Study Option (27 credits)
    1. Minimum 27 credits in mathematics and mathematics education. Courses must be appropriate for future career goals. Of the 27 credits, 9 are chosen from mathematics education courses (below).
    2. Mathematics education courses: EDC&I 478, EDC&I 479; EDC&I 575, EDC&I 576, EDC&I 577
  4. Multicultural Education Study Option (30 credits)
    1. Ethnic diversity outside the College of Education (15 credits): Courses may be taken from various departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.
    2. Multicultural education (15 credits): EDC&I 424, EDC&I 569; remainder to be chosen from the following: EDC&I 464; EDC&I 469; EDC&I 474; EDPSY 536; EDLPS 566; EDC&I 573; EDC&I 574
  5. Science Education Study Option (Minimum 21 credits): Includes courses in fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, oceanography, or other science-related fields.
  6. Social Studies Education Study Option (27-36 credits): 12-15 credits of core social studies courses. 15-21 credits of history/social science courses related to teaching interests, or additional educational courses.
  7. Teaching and Curriculum Study Option (27 credits): Includes 9-18 credits of required study in teaching and curriculum.

Degree Requirements, Educational Psychology Programs

Minimum 45 or 50 credits, to include:

  1. Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design Study Option (Minimum 50 credits)
    1. Required courses: One or more from each of the following content fields with options to consist of courses listed below or alternative courses (including courses outside education) approved by the faculty adviser.
      1. Measurement and evaluation: EDPSY 495, EDPSY 512, EDPSY 584, EDPSY 592, EDPSY 595, EDPSY 596, EDPSY 597
      2. Human development: EDPSY 502, EDPSY 531, EDPSY 532, EDPSY 582
      3. Cognition and learning: EDPSY 510, EDPSY 524, EDPSY 525, EDPSY 583, PSYCH 414
      4. Language processes: EDPSY 520, EDPSY 521
    2. Research (9 credits):
      1. Thesis option: Report of a research investigation that requires the student to design and execute an empirical study.
      2. Non-thesis option: Preparation of a scholarly review of the research literature; should be of publishable quality.
  2. Learning Sciences and Human Development Option (Minimum 45 credits)
    1. Required courses (17 credits):One or more from each of the following areas
      1. Foundations (11 credits): EDPSY 501; EDPSY 581; EDPSY 502 or EDPSY 503; EDLPS 540, EDLPS 530, or EDLPS 521
      2. Research Methods (6 credits): EDPSY 490; EDPSY 591; other recommended courses include EDPSY 491, EDPSY 495, EDLPS 588, and EDC&I 581.
    2. Strands or Specializations (17 credits): minimum one course in at least two different strands. Courses for each strand shown on College website.
      1. Learning Within and Across Disciplines - Literacy
      2. Learning Within and Across Disciplines - STEM
      3. Human Development, Familes, and Communities
      4. Contexts, Culture, and Equity
    3. Research (9 credits)
      1. Thesis option: Report of a research investigation that requires student to design and execute an empirical study.
      2. Non-thesis option: Preparation of a scholarly paper of publishable quality.

Degree Requirements, Education Leadership and Policy Studies Programs

48 credits, as follows:

  1. Common Area and Distribution Requirements (Minimum 18 credits)
    1. Social and cultural foundations (6 credits minimum)
    2. Organizations and policy (6 credits)
    3. Additional EDLPS courses (6 credits)
  2. Specialization Requirement (Minimum 9 credits )
  3. Breadth Requirement (Minimum 6 credits)
    1. Minimum 3 credits in one or more other areas in the College of Education (EDC&I, EDPSY and/or EDSPE)
    2. Minimum 3 credits outside the College of Education
  4. Research/Inquiry Requirement (Minimum 6 credits)
    1. Minimum 3 credits in basic statistics (EDPSY 490 or the equivalent)
    2. Minimum 3 credits in research/inquiry methods (e.g., EDPSY 588, EDPSY 591, EDLPS 524, EDLPS 535, EDLPS 543, EDLPS 568, or the equivalent)
  5. Completion of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option (Minimum 9 credits)
  6. Specific courses determined in consultation with adviser

Degree Requirements, Special Education

48 credits, as follows:

  1. Foundations of Education (6 credits): Minimum 6 credits of courses in or out of the College of Education, or equivalent
  2. Special Education Major Field (21 credits): Specific sequence of courses, depending on student's background, educational goals, and type of disabled individual the student wishes to teach
  3. Assessment and Research Methodology (9 credits): Courses to develop competency in assessment of learners with disabilities and familiarity with research tools
  4. Special Assignments in Special Education (Minimum 12 credits): From at least two of the following options: EDSPE 500 (1-6, max. 6), EDSPE 600, EDSPE 601 (3-9, max. 9), EDSPE 700 (max. 9). Students entering an EdD or PhD program should select a thesis option.

Education Specialist

Minimum 118 credits

The Educational Specialist (EdS) degree is more advanced than a master's degree but does not constitute doctoral-level study. Generally taken by those who intend to pursue advanced practice in a specialized field such as school administration or curriculum design. In the UW College of Education, only students studying school psychology can pursue the Educational Specialist degree. The school psychology program prepares students to work with the social emotional needs of children and adolescents. School psychologists frequently work in school settings providing assessment, intervention, and consultation services to students, teachers, or parents. The three-year full-time program is comprised of two years of coursework and practicum and a third year 1200-hour internship. The program, approved by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), also meets the requirements for initial certification (Educational Staff Associate) as a school psychologist in the state of Washington.

Admission Requirements

  1. Personal goal statement
  2. Three recent letters of recommendation from professors or first-line supervisors
  3. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  4. Transcripts from each college or university attended
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  6. Minimum 3.50 GPA for the most recent 90 graded quarter credits (or 60 semester credits)
  7. Employment or volunteer experience in pre-K through 12 schools
  8. Interview

Degree Requirements

  1. Statistics and Research (6 credits): EDPSY 490, EDPSY 591
  2. Cognition and Learning (3 credits minimum): EDPSY 501; EDPSY 502
  3. Social and Developmental Bases of Behavior (6 credits minimum): EDPSY 531, EDPSY 581
  4. Exceptionality (6 credits minimum): EDSPE 525; one additional EDSPE course in exceptionality, e.g. EDSPE 504 or EDSPE 526
  5. Biologic Bases of Behavior (5 credits): EDPSY 577
  6. Specialization Seminars (2 credits minimum): EDPSY 570
  7. Individual Differences (8 credits minimum): EDPSY 548, EDPSY 552, EDPSY 553
  8. Ethics and School Law (3 credits): EDPSY 568
  9. Assessment (23 credits minimum): EDPSY 507, EDPSY 564, EDPSY 540, EDPSY 572, EDPSY 573
  10. Intervention (13 credits minimum): EDPSY 544, EDPSY 546, PSYCH 543
  11. Courses with Practicum Requirements (2 credits minimum): EDPSY 500
  12. Consultation (5 credits minimum): EDPSY 551
  13. Internship (30 credits minimum): EDPSY 601
  14. Case Study Seminar (6 credits minimum): EDUC 750

The EdS degree is awarded upon successful completion of the above course requirements, a 1200-hour internship, and a portfolio examination of applied and clinical work.

Certification: The Washington State approved internship program at the University of Washington is open only to third-year students in the EdS program. Washington State Certification is awarded by passing the Praxis Examination and by completing a 9-month internship of 1200 hours or more (half of which must be in a school setting); 6 credit hours of university case study supervision; 30 hours of internship credit. Students who successfully complete the internship may apply for National Certification as a school psychologist.

Doctor of Education

Prepares professionals whose primary interest is dealing directly with problems of educational practice. The EdD, as a professional degree, focuses on utilization of research and practitioners' knowledge, rather than on production of research knowledge.

This degree requires specialized study with credit in education and related fields, sufficient preparation in research methodology to interpret research findings for use in practice, an internship and leadership training, a general examination, a dissertation on a problem of educational practice, and a final examination. In addition to the traditional professional degree, the College also offers another option for the Doctor of Education that requires a capstone experience (12 credits) rather than a dissertation. See details in NOTE, below.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  2. Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  3. Minimum 3.00 GPA for the most recent 90 (60 semester) credits
  4. Transcripts (sealed) from each college or university attended
  5. Goal statement
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Resume/curriculum vita
  8. Writing sample(s)
  9. Interviews
  10. Specific programs may have additional admission requirements. Visit the website or contact the program for further information.

Degree Requirements

102 credits, as follows:

  1. Educational Specialization (24 credits):
    1. Area of specialization, designed to provide knowledge of the field (9 credits)
    2. General area or special interests within the area of specialization other than those selected to fulfill the 9 credits above (15 credits)
  2. Related Field(s) (24 credits): Minimum 12 credits from within education. Credits outside education to complement educational specialization and to include multidisciplinary learning experiences
  3. Research/Evaluation Preparation (9 credits): To enhance a student's ability to conduct field-based research/evaluation studies
  4. Leadership Training (9 credits): EDLPS 520, EDLPS 550, EDLPS 560
  5. Supervised Internships and Field Experiences (9 credits): Internships and field experiences designed to work in education and related field(s), and to conduct field-based research and evaluation studies.
  6. Dissertation (27 credits)

NOTE: The Doctor of Education degree, offered through the leadership for learning program, focuses primarily on practical application rather than pure research and is a practice doctorate. A dissertation is not required; 12 credit hours of capstone experience are required instead. A corresponding increase in other areas (educational specialization, research preparation, etc.) is required in order to meet the 102-credit-hour requirement for the Doctor of Education.

Doctor of Philosophy

A degree offering preparation for a research career on issues fundamental to education - issues that range from fairly narrow questions about human learning to macro-questions regarding the form of societies' educational institutions. The scope is broad. The degree may be organized around traditional study areas such as educational psychology, curriculum and instruction, special education, or educational leadership and policy. A student may develop a course of study that integrates various elements of more than one study area (e.g., multiethnic education and literacy). One study option is school psychology, which prepares students for the professional practice of psychology with school-age children, as well as for research.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  2. Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.00 for the most recent 90 (60 semester) credits
  4. Transcripts (sealed) from each college or university attended
  5. Goal statement
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Resume/curriculum vita
  8. Writing sample(s)
  9. Interviews

Degree Requirements

Minimum 90 credits

Six academic areas and the dissertation. Although the department prescribes a limited number of required courses, it does require students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of education and selected related fields. For most students, this means study in a broad area, a specialization within that area, two cognates, and a specialization outside the department.

Degree requirements include a program of specialized study with credits both in education and in other academic units, preparation in research methodology adequate to design and assess research in the field of specialization, sufficient study in cognate fields inside and outside education to ensure that the candidate can place the specialized research in a broader context, a general examination, a research dissertation, and a final examination.

Accreditation

Within the College of Education, a number of degree programs have formal accreditation. The school psychology EdS program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The school psychology EdS program is also accredited by NASP and the Washington State Board of Education for initial residency and continuing/professional teaching certificates and initial/residency certification. Graduates qualify for certification in all states party to the Interstate Certification Compact.

Financial Aid

The College of Education offers a limited number of awards with varying stipends for graduate students in education. Primary consideration is given to doctoral students with a background of successful teaching or administrative experience. Specific information on various types of remunerative appointments for graduate students, amounts of stipends, and application procedures is available at education.uw.edu/admissions/funding-and-financial-aid.

Professional Programs

Professional Certification

The College of Education is authorized by the State Board of Education to offer professional certificate programs in education for administrators, educational staff associates, and teachers. Program-design specialists are available to help with pre-program counseling, long-range planning, applications, registration, referrals to other campus resources, general program advising, and continuing/professional certificate requirements.

Administrator Certificates

Administrator certificate preparation programs for superintendents, principals, and program administrators are offered. The following websites contain specific information about admissions, curriculum, faculty, and general advising:

For principals and program administrators, the Danforth Educational Leadership program, education.uw.edu/programs/leadership/danforth.

For superintendents, the Leadership for Learning program, education.uw.edu/l4l/.

Educational Staff Associate Certificates

Offered for the school psychologist. Information concerning requirements and admission may be obtained from the Office of Student Services, 206 Miller Hall, edinfo@uw.edu.

The College of Education, authorized by the State Board of Education to prepare and recommend individuals for Residency Teaching Certificates, publishes an annual Higher Education Opportunity Act report based on Title II data and available on the College’s website: education.uw.edu/my-coe/oir/heoa. The full Title II report may be requested from coeir@uw.edu.

Residency Teaching Certification Program

For individuals desiring careers as elementary or middle/secondary school teachers, or as special education teachers working with students with moderate and severe disabilities or emotional and behavioral disorders, and with infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities. All programs are offered at the master's level. For additional information, e-mail edinfo@uw.edu, or at education.uw.edu/programs/teacher.

An undergraduate or postbaccalaureate program leading to certification in music education, grades K-12, is offered through the School of Music. For additional information contact the School of Music Advising Office, 116 Music, Box 353450, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3450.

Professional Teaching Certificates

For information on the Professional Certificate Assessment (ProTeach), visit the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI): www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/Residency3.aspx#Professional.

Endorsements on Teaching Certificates

Teachers holding an initial/residency or continuing/professional teaching certificate may add endorsements to their certificates which qualify them to teach additional subjects. Information is available at education.uw.edu/programs/teacher/endorsements, or the Office of Student Services, 206 Miller Hall, or e-mail at edinfo@uw.edu.

Special Research and Service Facilities

Opportunities exist for students to gain research and service experience through research centers affiliated with the College. Below is a partial list of those centers; visit education.uw.edu/faculty-and-research/centers for a current and complete list.

The Center for Multicultural Education focuses on research projects and activities designed to improve practices related to equity issues, intergroup relations, and the achievement of students of color. Visit education.uw.edu/cme/.

The Clinical Training Laboratory, operating under the aegis of Educational Psychology, offers observation rooms equipped with video recorders where counseling and psychology trainees and clients can be observed and taped through one-way mirrors.

The Experimental Education Unit (EEU) offers an interdisciplinary approach to research, training, and service, providing integrated classes for 150-200 young children, toddlers, and infants with disabilities and their typically developing peers, and services for their families. Learn more by visiting education.uw.edu/faculty-and-research/centers/haring.

The National Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, a consortium of five universities headed by the University of Washington, conducts studies aimed at local, state, and national policy strategies to promote teacher excellence. Visit depts.washington.edu/ctpmail, or e-mail ctpmail@uw.edu.

The Learning Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center is a collaborative effort among three primary partners — the University of Washington, Stanford University, and Stanford Research Institute — as well as other institutions. Purpose of the LIFE Center is to understand and advance human learning through simultaneous focus on implicit, informal, and formal learning, thus cultivating interdisciplinary theories that guide design of effective new technologies and learning environments. Visit education.uw.edu/research/center/life.