Educational Administrator Certification

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

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree

from an 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 status choices, 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.

One official transcript

from each institution attended

Personal goal statement

of two pages describing how graduate study will enhance your professional growth. The goal statement is an important part of the application because it allows you to share a part of yourself that we typically would not see in your GPA. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number on each sheet

Resume

of professional experience, educational background and other relevant information including volunteer experience.

Internship agreement form

Prerequisite experience form

Copy of valid teaching or ESA certificate

Three letters of recommendation

One of which must come from your sponsoring principal/administrator.

The Letters of Recommendation are now incorporated into our online application.

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

Applicants must apply online to the UW Graduate School and also submit required documents to the UW Tacoma Education Program. 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. No action can be taken until all materials are received.

Download the Application Checklist

In an envelope
addressed to:
Send the following materials:
Education Program
UW Tacoma
Campus Box 358435
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma WA 98402-3100

(1) Signed copy of the online - UW Graduate School application
(1) Official sealed transcript from every college/university you have attended
(1) Personal goal statement
(1) Resume
(1) Internship agreement form
(1) Prerequisite experience form
(1) Copy of valid teaching or ESA certificate

  Within the online Graduate School Application:
  (3) Letters of Recommendation

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. Please contact our Education Program office for general program information and to register for an information session: uwted@uw.edu

Day Date Time Room
Tuesday July 1, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm CP 331
Monday August 11, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm CP 206 C
Tuesday October 7, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm TBA
Thursday November 6, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm TBA

For Information on how to get to campus Click Here!

Frequently asked questions

Where do I start the process of learning about the program?
For information about our Educational Administrator program or the Admission Requirements and Procedures, please contact our pre-admission adviser, Carla Van Rossum - Email: carlavr@uw.edu Phone: 253-692-4437

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 Office of Student Financial Aid website for Graduate Students

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

Quarter Course Number Title Credits

Summer

TEDADM 570 Curriculum and Instruction 4
TEDADM 571 Introduction to Leadership 2
TEDADM 572 School Law for Educational Administrators 3
TEDADM 575 Leadership in a Changing Society 3
TEDADM 581 Internship 2
Subtotal 14

Autumn

TEDADM 573 Supervision of Instruction 3
TEDADM 576 School Wide Assessment 3
TEDADM 580 Reflective Seminar 1
TEDADM 581 Internship 4
Subtotal 11

Winter

TEDADM 578 Group Leadership in Educational Administration 3
TEDADM 579 Human Resources 4
TEDADM 580 Reflective Seminar 1
TEDADM 581 Internship 4
Subtotal 11

Spring

TEDADM 574 Issues in Educational Leadership 3
TEDADM 577 School Finance and Educational Policy 3
TEDADM 580 Reflective Seminar 1
TEDADM 581 Internship 4
Subtotal 12
Total credits 48

Additional Courses Required for Master's Degree

Quarter Course Number Title Credits

Varies

TEDUC 501 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION 3
TEDUC 502 LEARNING ABOUT LEARNING 3
TEDUC 503 EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENT 3
TEDUC 504 UNDERSTANDING EDUC RESEARCH 3
  Total additional credits needed for Master's Degree 12

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