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

Linda S. Watts, Ph.D., 1989, Yale University, Associate Professor

Faculty and Staff

Cherry A. McGee Banks, Ed.D., 1991, educational leadership and public administration, Seattle University, Professor

G. Thomas Bellamy, Ph.D., 1975, special education, University of Oregon, Professor

Dana Bigham, M.ED., 1998 higher education administration, University of Washington, Program Coordinator, Secondary Certification M.ED Program

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

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

Karen Gourd, Ph.D., 1998, curriculum and instruction, University of Washington, Assistant Professor

Hayley Hillson, Manager and Graduate Program Assistant

Jon Howeiler, M.Ed., 1998, school administration, Seattle Pacific University, Program Officer for Field Experiences and Certification

Pamela Bolotin Joseph, Ph.D., 1978, social studies education, Northwestern University, Senior Lecturer and Professional Certification Program Administrator

Bettina Katz, Office Assistant

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

Kimberly McKay, Teacher Certification Program Coordinator/Advisor

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

Robin Rider, Ph.D., 2004, mathematics education, North Carolina State University, Assistant Professor

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

Carrie Tzou, Ph.D., 2006, science, Northwestern University, Lecturer, Full-Time, 2008-2009

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

Core Courses

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

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 UW Bothell Master of Arts in Policy Studies or the College of Education at UW Seattle. A maximum of twelve credits of graduate-level coursework may be taken outside the Education program.

Reading Endorsement 

The Reading Endorsement at the UW Bothell is designed for practicing teachers who hold and elementary or secondary teaching certificate. Teachers who complete the requirements for the Reading Endorsement will be prepared to be reading specialists or literacy coaches. At this point, the Reading Endorsement at the UW Bothell is offered only to students who are pursuing a M.Ed. degree.


In order to complete a Reading Endorsement through UW Bothell, you must complete an approved Reading Endorsement course of study (24 credits) which will help you meet the areas of competency established by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This course of study will also help you meet the higher levels of competency established by the International Reading Association for reading coaches or specialists. You must also successfully certify on the Reading Praxis examination to meet state requirements.


You will work with a faculty advisor to develop an individualized plan for completing the 24 credits required for the Reading Endorsement. The course schedule has been established so that you can complete the requirements over a two-year period while attending school on a part-time basis. You can choose from the following courses offered by UW Bothell to fulfill those requirements:

Culminating Project

Students may select a Culminating Project from the following options.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Applications will also be evaluated on the basis of:

Graduate School Requirements