University of Washington Bothell

Master of Education

In the Master of Education program, students are encouraged to think deeply about the complex nature of education and to explore questions central to their professional growth. Students should be committed to energizing their teaching and to building collegial relationships with other professionals who share common goals, commitments, and professional questions. They should also be committed to growing in the skills of writing, critical thinking, and collaborative learning.

Master of Education students must complete a minimum of 46 credits.


Interim Director

Cherry McGee Banks, Ed.D., 1991, educational leadership, Seattle University, Professor

Faculty and Staff

Dana Bigham, Office Assistant

Amelia Bowers, M.Ed., 1993, science, University of Washington, Advisor

Jean Eisele, Ed.D., 1998, education, Seattle Pacific University, Senior Lecturer

Hayley Hillson, Graduate Program Assistant

Jon Howeiler, M.Ed., 1998, school administration, Seattle Pacific University, Certification Officer/Field Coordinator

Pamela Bolotin Joseph, Ph.D., 1978, social studies education, Northwestern University

Carole Kubota, Ph.D., 1985, curriculum and instruction, University of Washington, Associate Professor

Kathleen Martin, Ph.D., 1974, education/curriculum and instruction, University of Texas at Austin, Professor

Kimberly McKay, Program Assistant

Nancy Place, Ph.D., 2000, curriculum and instruction, University of Washington, Assistant Professor

Antony Smith, Ph.D., 2006, curriculum and instruction, University of Washington, Assistant Professor

Jane Van Galen, Ph.D., 1986, social foundations of education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor

Amrita Zahir, Ph.D., 2004, social-cultural foundations of education, University of Washington, Lecturer


Core Courses

The program generally begins with three core courses. These courses focus on:

  • Examination of research methodologies and the generation of research questions.
  • The use of multicultural education as a theoretical foundation for examining the ways in which students' biographical journeys, values, and beliefs influence the questions they raise and the framing of those questions.
  • Organizational change and school reform as well as the responsibilities of professional leadership related to educational change.

Individual Program of Study

In addition to the core courses and the Culminating Project, students may choose elective courses under the guidance of their faculty advisor. These may be selected from M.Ed. courses, or students may elect to take appropriate courses in other academic programs such as the UWB Master of Arts in Policy Studies. Up to twelve credits of graduate-level coursework may be taken at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Culminating Project

Students may select a Culminating Project from a number of options.

  1. Inquiry Project:
    The focus of an inquiry project is the improvement of professional practices and educational programs through the implementation of change or innovation in an educational setting; it extends over three quarters under the advisement of a faculty advisor.
  2. Academic Project:
    A professional paper is written under the advisement of a faculty member following submission and approval of a description of the proposed paper; it extends over two quarters and includes a public presentation of the completed work.
  3. Professional Portfolio:
    This portfolio provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning and professional growth through the construction of a culminating portfolio. It serves to document and deepen their understanding of the competencies they have gained as a result of their participation in the program.  It extends over two quarters and also requires the development of a personal philosophy paper.
  4. National Board Portfolio:
    Those interested in pursuing National Board Certification can develop a portfolio to National Board specifications under the guidance of a faculty member.  The portfolio preparation extends over two quarters.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the Master of Education program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.00 G.P.A. in the last 90 credits of upper-division graded coursework

Applications will also be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Graduate School Requirements

  • In addition to University of Washington, Bothell requirements, students must meet the following requirements to receive the master's degree:
  • At least 18 numerically graded credits must be taken at the 500 level or above.
  • The Graduate School accepts numerical grades (1) in approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major, and (2) in all 500 level course work. A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.00 is required.
  • All work for the Master of Education degree must be completed within six years.
  • For matriculated graduate students in another program, a maximum of 10 credits of graduate course work may be considered for transfer into the program based on the provisions and regulations of the Graduate School. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required for each course.
  • A maximum of six credits at the graduate level may be considered for transfer into the program for non-matriculated graduate students. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required for each course.
  • No courses below the 300 level will be accepted.
  • For additional Graduate School requirements that may apply to you, see the University of Washington General Catalog.

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