Educational Administrator Certification

The University of Washington Tacoma Educational Administrator certification program celebrates its 15th anniversary this June!

Students who have completed the University of Washington Tacoma, Educational Administration Certification Program:

  • 84% have landed administration positions
  • Over 200 graduates are administrators in school districts in Pierce, North Thurston, Kitsap, and South King County

Graduates of note include:

  • Andrew Eyres, Assistant Superintendent, ESD 113 (Cohort #1)
  • Lance Goodpaster, Assistant Superintendent, Franklin Pierce (Cohort #1)
  • Laurie Dent, Assistant Superintendent, Sumner (Cohort #2)
  • David Hammond, Assistant Superintendent, Bethel (Cohort #2)
  • John Sander, Assistant Superintendent, University Place (Cohort #3)
  • Heather Renner, 2012-2013 Washington State Middle School Principal of the Year (Cohort #4)

See the Educational Administrator Program Fact Sheet for program attributes and accomplishments.

Be a part of University of Washington Tacoma’s tradition of excellence; Apply now!

The program is a full-time course of study for potential school leaders. Admitted students progress as a cohort community through four quarters of full-time study beginning in summer quarter. Upon successful completion of all certificate requirements, students will earn a Residency Administrator's Certificate

Leadership, management and instruction are three distinct components that are emphasized in each of the four quarters. Coursework is taught in synchrony with the school's administrative calendar. The curriculum is grounded in best practice as determined by theory and research.

Application deadline - Join the 15th Cohort!!!

Important Notes: The application process is completed entirely online within the UW Graduate School Application. All materials will be either uploaded or completed online. Your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been received. 

Summer 2015 Deadline - Monday, December 1, 2014

Admission requirements

Important Notes: The application process is completed entirely online within the UW Graduate School Application. All materials will be either uploaded or completed online. Your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been received. 

Bachelor's degree

from a regionally-accredited institution.

3.0 grade-point average

3.0 grade point average calculated from the applicant's final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be eligible for admission depending on the quality of their complete application file.

Signed, printed copy of UW Graduate School application

When applying online, be sure to choose "Graduate" from the pull-down menu of application types, then "Education - Tacoma (MEd - Educational Administration)" from the pull-down menu of graduate programs. The Education Program does not accept Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for admission to the Educational Administrator Certification program.

Unofficial transcripts

From every college or university you have attended must be uploaded into the online application. If admitted to the program, one official transcript from your bachelor's degree college (except if UW) will be required by the UW Seattle Graduate Admissions Office.

Personal goal statement

In 2 to 3 double-spaced pages, write a statement outlining why you wish to become an administrator and why you believe you will be an effective administrator. Include experiences that have motivated you in making this career choice and discuss your career goals.

Resume

Your resume should provide evidence of demonstrated leadership ability (projects, positions, accomplishments). In addition to educational degrees and professional experience, the resume should include any relevant awards, publications, presentations, or other achievements that will help us evaluate your application.

Internship agreement form

Proposed schedule and timeline for completion of required 720-hour (360 for Program Administrator Certificate) internship will be completed by your sponsoring principal or administrator; i.e. full days, half days, planning periods, activities, and responsibilities. This must be detailed and show accumulation of 720 (or 360) hours.

Three letters of recommendation

One of the letters must come from your sponsoring principal/administrator. The Letters of Recommendation are now incorporated into the online application and you will identify your recommenders within the application

Prerequisite experience form

Copy of valid teaching or ESA certificate

Personal interview

Selected finalists will be invited for a personal interview

Important Immunization Information

All enrolled students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity. Students will not be allowed to register for any classes until the UW Tacoma Registrar's Office confirms that they have satisfied this requirement. Students born before 01/01/57 are considered to be immune to measles and therefore do NOT need to submit proof of immunity.

How to apply

The application process is completed entirely online within the UW Graduate School Application. All materials will be either uploaded or completed online. Your application will not be reviewed for admission until all materials have been received.

The Education Program does not accept Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for admission to the Educational Administrator Certification program.

The application checklist is a helpful document to ensure that all items are complete.

Download the Application Checklist

UW Graduate School Application

Internship Agreement Form

Prerequisite Experience Form

Questions? Contact the Pre-Admission Advisor: Carla Van Rossum (carlavr@uw.edu; 253-692-4437)

Information sessions

It is highly recommended that you attend one of the information sessions listed below.

Date Time Room RSVP
Thursday, November 6, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm Cherry Parkes (CP) 331 Click to RSVP

For Information on how to get to campus Click Here!

Frequently asked questions

Where do I start the process of learning about the program?
It is highly recommended that you attend one of the information sessions listed in the tab above.

Can I keep my job within the K-12 school system while attending this program?
Yes, in fact you must be employed within the K-12 school system with either a teaching or ESA certificate in order to attend this program.

How long is the program?
For those who hold a master's degree, the certificate only program is four quarters, summer through spring quarters. For those who do not hold a master's degree, there are an additional 12 credits (4 courses) to be certified and receive a master's degree.

What if I do not yet have a master's degree?
Since the state requires that one have a master's degree in order to be certified as a principal or program administrator, one must take an additional 12 credits (4 courses) beyond the four quarter (summer through spring) certification program.

Where will I do my internship?
You will do your 720-hour (360 hours for program administrator only) internship within your school. Each district has an internal intern selection process and you must be chosen by your district.

Do I have to be chosen as an intern by my district?
Yes. Each district has an internal intern selection process and you must be chosen by your district.

How much is tuition?
Please visit the tuition webpage for current tuition rates.

How do I get information about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities?
Please visit the Student Financial Aid website for Graduate Students and the Education Program Scholarship webpage.

Questions? Contact the Pre-Admission Advisor: Carla Van Rossum (carlavr@uw.edu; 253-692-4437)

Program plan

In addition to the State of Washington Residency Administrator's Certificate requirements, all students must complete the following coursework:

Educational Administrator Certification Program Plan

 

Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Education Program