Master of Education for Practicing Educators

The graduate degree program is designed to build upon the skills, knowledge and commitment of practicing educators. The focus is on K-12 teachers and their continuing professional development. Underlying is a vision of the teacher as one who is broadly educated and continuing to learn, skilled and committed to the craft of teaching and entrusted to nurture the greatest human potential in every learner.

The program is designed as a part-time program of study. Generally, the core and study-option courses are completed in the first year; students complete their elective courses and culminating experience the second year. The program allows students to embed endorsements into degree programs, should they desire to do so. To meet the needs of students who are employed during the weekday, most courses follow an evening schedule.

Application deadline

Priority application dates
Autumn Quarter July 15th
Winter Quarter Not accepting applications
Spring Quarter Not accepting applications
Summer Quarter April 15th


Admission requirements

Complete applications received by the application date will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the application date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Remember, several items are required to complete your application. 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

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 Education - Tacoma (MEd - General for Practicing Educators) from the pull-down menu of graduate programs. Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for certified teachers interested in adding an endorsement require approval by the Education Program Administrator. Graduate Matriculated applications do not require approval.

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

The mission and values of the University of Washington Tacoma Education Program underscore our primary goal of building teacher capacity to understand and meet P-12 student needs. In this context, please include the following in your 2-page double-spaced goal statement:

Holistic criteria will be used for goal statement evaluation and will include attention to clarity and quality of discussion, example specificity, and mechanics.

You may wish to review UWT education program mission/values for guidance.
  • A discussion of: 1) Your experiences in seeking to understand and meet the needs of children and youth; 2) and how those experiences shape your professional ambitions.
  • A discussion of how UWT graduate studies in the education program will help meet your professional goals.

Personal Data form

Two letters of recommendation

The Letters of Recommendation are now incorporated into our online application and you will identify your recommenders within the application.

Copy of valid teaching certificate (or teaching experience)

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 submit required documents to the UW Tacoma Education Program.  Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for certified teachers interested in adding an endorsement require approval by the Education Program Administrator. Graduate Matriculated applications do not require approval. 

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) Unofficial transcript from every college/university attended (will also be uploaded into application)
(1) Personal goal statement
(1) Personal data form
(1) Copy of valid teaching or ESA certificate

  Within the online Graduate School Application:
  (2) Letters of Recommendation
(1) Unofficial transcript from every college/university attended uploaded into application

Questions? Contact the Pre-Admission Advisor: Carla Van Rossum (; 253-692-4437)

Information sessions

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

Date Time Room RSVP
Thursday, October 1, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm Science (SCI) 104 Click to RSVP
Monday, November 23, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm Science (SCI) 104 Click to RSVP
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm Science (SCI) 104 Click to RSVP
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm Science (SCI) 104 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 continue to teach while attending this program?
Yes. This program is designed for working teachers, however, there is one exception within the Special Education study option. In most cases, each course meets just once per week from 4:15pm-6:45pm.

How long is the program?
This is a 36-45 credit program consisting of, for the most part, 3 credit classes. The duration of the program depends upon how many courses you take each quarter. The typical student will take 2-3 years to complete the program. The graduate school allows a maximum of 6 years to complete your degree.

How much is tuition?
Please visit the UW Tacoma tuition webpage for updated information

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 (; 253-692-4437)

Program plans and Study options

Students must complete the minimum number of credits and components as outlined in the selected study option.

Core courses

The core courses provide the background, perspectives, and resources necessary for in-depth work in an area of specialization. They prepare individuals to understand the basics of theory and research in education. All students are required to complete a total of 12 quarter credits as follows:

Course number Title Credits
TEDUC 501 Foundations of Education 3
TEDUC 502 Learning about Learning 3
TEDUC 503 Educational Measurement 3
TEDUC 504 Understanding Educational Research
(Prerequisite: TEDUC 503)

Study options

The study option provides focused study in one specialized area of education. Students must select one study option and complete required courses:

Curriculum and Instruction
Student Academic and Social Success (SASS)
Special Education
Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)

Education electives

The education electives provide an opportunity to explore areas of individual interest and gain depth in specific content. Courses must be selected from offerings within the Master of Education program and in consultation with an adviser. Note that there are several study options that do not include an education elective component.

Culminating experience

Each student will participate in a culminating experience. This component of the program allows students to gain more applied knowledge of the field, and synthesize prior learning. There are two pathways for this experience as outlined below: Project Pathway and Practicum Pathway.

Project pathway

For: Curriculum and Instruction, Student Academic and Social Success (SASS) and Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) study options

The Project pathway will provide you with the opportunity to engage in systematic, reflective inquiry within the context of your current educational setting and/or broader contemporary educational issues.

  Course number Title Credits
Winter quarter TEDUC 599 Culminating Project 3
Spring quarter TEDUC 599 Culminating Project 3

Practicum pathway

For: Special Education study option

The Practicum pathway is intended to provide students the opportunity to integrate and apply theory and research in working with at-risk students to an educational setting.

  Course number Title Credits
Special Education - Spring quarter TEDSP 589 Field Experience 12

Washington Educators Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E) / National Evaluation Series (NES)

A passing score on the WEST-E / NES exam is required for any student wishing to add an endorsement to their teaching certificate.

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

Questions? Contact the Pre-Admission Advisor: Carla Van Rossum (; 253-692-4437)