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Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 or B grade-point average in the most recent 45 credits of study.
  • Have significant professional experience in a relevant field.
  • For admission to the superintendent or program administrator credential, candidates must possess either: (a) a principal credential, (b) a program administrator credential (for those interested in pursuing the Supt Cert), (c) ESA (Educational Staff Associate) or (d) teaching certificate.
  • For Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, students must provide verification of current, unencumbered (RN) or other professional license in Washington state.
  • P-12 candidates must be approved by employer for support of Practicum in year 2. 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.
  • Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. No waivers of this English proficiency requirement may be given. Understanding the Application Process provides information for English language proficiency.
  • Introduction to Graduate Research (*this is a per individual basis). Basic statistics and graduate research knowledge will be assumed by the program and faculty. 

Important Notes:

1. Petition for Course Waiver(s) or Substitution(s): 

It is appreciated that many students have prior graduate coursework. It is also recognized that students may have gained expertise by nature of their professional employment. In general, students are expected to take required courses, and bring whatever knowledge they have gained into the group learning experience. In order to petition to waive a required course, students must provide evidence of meeting the student learning objectives for that course in an academic setting. 

For students who have taken a course in the same topic while in a master’s or doctoral program from an accredited institution, and if the evidence suggests that the UWT Ed.D. Student Learning Objectives for that course were met; by student petition that course and credit requirement may be waived by transferring in the credits from prior institution. The course credits will be considered part of the 90 credits required to graduate. No more than 30 credits may be substituted in this manner and Core Courses (T EDLD 570, T EDLD 571, T EDLD 572, and T EDLD 573) and dissertation credits may not be waived.

No students will be allowed to waive a course or credits due to life experience. For students who may have gained expertise by nature of their professional employment, professional development, workshops, etc., and who show evidence of meeting the student learning outcomes of the course, they may discuss with the professor options for alternate course expectations such that more appropriate learning objectives may be assigned. It is the prerogative of the professor to accept or deny alternate learning activities.

 If prospective students believe they have taken a course that fulfills the course requirements, but it is unclear from the course title, they may email Ashley Walker, the Ed.D. Graduate Advisor, ( a copy of the course description from the catalogue (or a copy of the syllabus), along with an unofficial transcript.

2. Review the 'How to Apply' section to learn about specific admissions steps.