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P-12 Educators/Superintendent Credential 

The P-12 Educator study area is for teacher leaders, principals, central office administrators, as well as private educational roles. The superintendent credential is for educators with principal or program administrator certification who wish to become certified as a district superintendent. Those who have already earned this certificate may apply for the advanced standing program option. The Advanced Standing Program Option would allow students credit for knowledge and skills gained in addition to those they will acquire in the Ed.D. program. Prospective students from states that have “reciprocal certification agreements with Washington State” would also be eligible for the Advanced Standing Program Option. Credits from prior internships may also be applied toward the EdD. Those who will earn the P-12 superintendent credential are required by the state to complete additional competencies, which will require two additional courses. 

For admission to the superintendent credential option in the Ed.D., the candidates must possess either: 

  1. a principal credential,
  2. a program administrator credential, or 
  3. significant executive leadership experience. 

P-12 candidates must be approved by their employer for support of practicum in year two. For other candidates, potential practicum setting(s) must be identified. You will be advised by faculty on site selection criteria prior to and after admission. 

See additional information below regarding the layout, structure, and expectations of the P-12 option. 

The Scope and Sequence of the Ed.D. Curriculum with Disciplinary Sections

UW Tacoma School of Education Professional Licensure Disclosure

Thank you for your interest in applying to, or enrolling in, one of the University of Washington Tacoma School of Education (SOE) state certification programs.

Certification requirements vary from state to state and are dependent on the intended profession. Academic programs and graduates must meet standards set by that state in order to be eligible for a license or certification. All of our certification programs have been designed to meet or exceed Washington state requirements. If you currently reside in a state other than Washington, and continue to live there while enrolled in the program, or plan to work in a state other than Washington after completing a Washington state approved certificate program with us, we have prepared the following information on other states where 1) the School of Education (SOE) preparation program meets the state’s requirements, 2) where we have not yet determined whether or not the SOE preparation program meets requirements and 3) any states where the SOE preparation program does not meet the requirements of another state. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek information and additional guidance before beginning the program.

This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020. We will review and update this information annually.

Certification or License Area

States where

UW program

meets state

requirements

 

States where we have not yet determined if UW

program meets requirements

 

States where UW program

does not meet

requirements

 

Residency Teaching Certificate

 

• K-8/Elementary Education

• Secondary Education

 

Washington

AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, MS, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY

 

Unknown at this time

 

Residency Administrator

Certificate – Principal

 

• Educational Administration

 

Washington

AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, MS, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY

 

Unknown at this time

 

Residency Administrator

Certificate - Program

Administrator

 

• Educational Administration

 

Washington

AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, MS, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY

 

Unknown at this time

 

Superintendent/Program Administrator -- Initial

Administrator Certificate

 

• Ed.D. Educational Leadership

 

Washington

AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, MS, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY

 

Unknown at this time

 

Nurse Education and Healthcare Leadership 

This area is for nurses, healthcare leaders and educators from a variety of settings, such as community colleges, health systems, or community-based and public health agencies. The focus is leadership in program development, healthcare education, change management, professional development, and evidence-based practice. 

NOTE: Verification of a current, unencumbered (RN) or other professional license in Washington state is required. 

Higher Education 

This study area is for instructors or staff with leadership experience who seek roles in institutions of higher education, such as Chair, Dean, Vice President, or President. Leadership may be focused also in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Enrollment or Diversity.

Adult Education 

This is for those who lead in adult education professional development settings.

Public Service 

This is for experienced leaders from OSPI and other government-based educational arenas, such as city, county, or state level employees in which education is a primary responsibility

Other 

If you are engaging in Educational Leadership in another domain--tell us about it. We'll discuss the fit of this program for you.

 

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  EdD Dissertations

 

Coursework

Coursework includes courses on leadership, specialty courses for the three study areas, and courses in research and inquiry. 

Year Two Practicum

During the second year of study, you will participate in a practicum for leadership development that is directly related to the context of your employment, or a related site. We will assist you to design practicum activities that will expand your leadership capacity beyond that of your current knowledge and skill.

Year Three Dissertation in Practice

In the final year of study, you will complete a field-based dissertation in practice, which is a year-long project in which you address an actual problem of practice. This must be a project outside of your normal work expectations. Specifically the project should demonstrate leadership at a higher level than that of your current employment. It must include components of: program evaluation, literature review of research and policy, data collection and analysis, proposal for program improvement or other solution to the problem, and implementation of proposed solutions.  A comprehensive report including all of the above will be written and delivered to the University as well as to the employer in whose domain it was conducted. In addition, a manuscript for publication based on the problem of practice and solutions will be completed.