Education Program



Welcome to the University of Washington Tacoma Education Program. Our program faculty and staff make every effort to assist you in reaching success. Faculty have an impressive record of research in the areas of school-wide positive behavior supports, response to intervention, culturally-responsive educational practices and effective leadership models.

Washington State Certification

For Practicing Educators

If you want to be a teacher, if you are already a teacher, or you are a current or aspiring leader, come join us and let us help you meet your goals.

Project TELL: Training all teachers to teach EL students

Project Tell (Teaching English Language Learners) is a 5-year, 2 million dollar professional development grant aiming at training pre-service and in-service teachers to teach EL learners.

Overall goals

Project TELL aims at building the skills of teachers in partner schools to implement culturally responsive and effective EL instruction and assessment.

Project TELL aims at working with communities of practice in partner schools to train our teacher candidates, who will receive both K-8 certification and EL endorsement upon completion of the program.

Project TELL aims at working with communities of practice in partner schools to improve K-8 EL students' academic outcomes.

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Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership

The University of Washington Tacoma offers a practice doctorate degree, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership, beginning summer quarter 2013.

The Ed.D. program offers three non-transcripted study options:

Program Design

This is a 97-credit, three-year, cohort-based program. For those who wish to earn the P-12 Superintendent Certificate, six additional credits are required in order to meet all state competencies; therefore, 103 credits will be required. Courses meet face-to-face approximately once per month, with electronic engagement in between.

Conceptual Framework

The program is designed to address conceptual issues of the roles educational leaders play in leadership, management/administration and political advocacy. In addition, we will help you develop strength in the dimensions of leadership, diversity, accountability and learning. The program is also designed with a belief in interdisciplinary learning about educational leadership.

For more information, please visit the Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership website or contact Program Advisor, Ashley Bradley,, 253.692.4367.

Project RTI Grant

The Project RTI website is intended for use by the University of Washington Teacher Certification Dual Track students and partner schools as well as others interested in learning more about Project RTI. The site includes announcements about new phases of our project, resources and convenient access to materials for site coordinators, current students and partners.