Master of Education for Practicing Educators

The graduate degree program is designed to build upon the skills, knowledge and commitment of practicing educators and other professionals working in educational settings. This graduate degree program offers five areas of emphasis that you can select to best fit your professional learning and development needs. With this high-quality graduate degree from UW, you will be prepared to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Our UW Tacoma professors are skilled instructors who are actively engaged in schools and produce quality research. As our students complete this graduate program, they typically earn higher salaries and promotions, realize exciting new career opportunities, and advance the lives of their students in truly meaningful ways.

Is this Graduate Program right for me? A teaching certificate is not required to enroll. Our graduate students include full-time practicing teachers; educational consultants; school support personnel; instructional, behavioral and emotional coordinators and coaches; counselors and advisors; community college instructors; after school program educators; and those working in nonprofit educational organizations. This program is for professionals with full-time jobs. It is designed as a part-time program, with most classes meeting during the evening with increasing hybrid and online options. Generally, the core and study-option courses are completed in the first year, and elective courses and a culminating experience are completed in the second year. The program allows certified teachers to embed endorsements for Special Education and English Language Learners into their degree program.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Five Study Options

Application deadline

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. 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.

Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for certified teachers interested in adding an endorsement require approval by the School of Education Administrator. Graduate Matriculated applications do not require approval.

Priority application dates
Autumn Quarter July 15th
Summer Quarter April 15th

 

Admission requirements

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. 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.

Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for certified teachers interested in adding an endorsement require approval by the School of Education Administrator. Graduate Matriculated applications do not require approval.

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.

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 School of Education 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 School of Education 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 School of Education 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

from Professional and/or Academic sources. The letters of recommendation are now incorporated into our online application and you will identify your recommenders within the application.

Teaching certificate (if applicable)

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. 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.

Graduate Non-Matriculated applications for certified teachers interested in adding an endorsement require approval by the School of Education Administrator. Graduate Matriculated applications do not require approval.

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

Download the Application Checklist

UW Graduate School application

Personal data 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.

Day Date Time Location RSVP
Tuesday November 28, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm Science (SCI) 104 RSVP
Thursday January 4, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm Science (SCI) 104 RSVP
Tuesday March 20, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm Science (SCI) 104 RSVP

Please contact Carla Van Rossum (carlavr@uw.edu) for program and admission information

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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 School of Education Scholarship webpage.

Questions? Contact the Pre-Admission Advisor: Carla Van Rossum (carlavr@uw.edu; 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)
3

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 (C & I)
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Special Education
Student Academic and Social Success (SASS)
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, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), 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 School of Education

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

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