Secondary Teacher Certification (M.ED.)

Overview of the Program

The program is designed to be completed over seven consecutive quarters. Each fall a group of students will begin the program as a cohort and progress together to complete the Master of Education in the spring of their second year. Students in the cohort at this time may be pursuing endorsements in any of the three endorsement areas (Biology, English/Language Arts, and Mathematics).

Each full-time quarter students engage in reflective seminars in which they examine the professional role of the teacher and the complexities of work in schools. They experience a holistic program, not merely a sequence of loosely connected courses and classroom experiences.

This is the general schedule for the program. The schedule may be adjusted in future academic years as the program is typically in a state of continuous change and improvement.


The Secondary Teacher Certification M.Ed. students take courses that are designed to foster their professional expertise and state-of-the art knowledge in pedagogy, curriculum, teacher leadership, multiculturalism, and cross-curricular literacy. They will have numerous opportunities to learn along with experienced teachers in M.Ed. classes, including core courses of the M.Ed. Program. They also have opportunities for taking elective courses of their choice.

All of the participants in the UW Bothell Master of Education program take three core courses. These courses focus on:

Endorsement Area

A significant portion of the program is spent examining instruction and assessment of a chosen endorsement area. Endorsement areas currently supported by the program are:

Students also choose elective courses under the guidance of a faculty advisor. These may be selected from M.Ed. courses, or from appropriate courses in other academic programs such as the UW Bothell Master of Arts in Policy Studies. Up to twelve credits of graduate-level coursework may be taken at the University of Washington, Seattle.


Secondary Teacher Certification M.Ed. students spend three consecutive quarters in field placements in which they have increasing curricular and instructional responsibility. Guided and supported by faculty, field instructors and master teachers, students will have multiple opportunities to learn, observe, and apply a variety of instructional methods and tools in different educational settings.

Culminating Project

Students select a Capstone Project from a number of options:

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have earned both a Master of Education degree and a Washington State Residency Certificate with an endorsement in Biology, English/Language Arts, or Mathematics.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Secondary Teacher Certification Master of Education program at the University of Washington Bothell, applicants must simultaneously be admitted to the Graduate School of the University of Washington.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

The required application materials are detailed on the Secondary Application Checklist page.

In addition to University of Washington Bothell requirements, you must meet the following requirements to receive your degree and certification:

Transfer Credits

If you were a matriculated graduate student 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 if you were not a matriculated graduate student. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required for each course.