Application Overview

Application to the LEDE program involves 3 steps: 

  1. Complete a preliminary (supplemental) application to determine Autumn or Spring Quarter start.
  2. Formally apply to the UW Graduate School for either Autumn or Spring Quarter.
  3. Submit additional documents directly to the UW Bothell LEDE program.

Application begins with completion of the LEDE Supplemental Application.  Based upon review by faculty, the applicant will be recommended to apply either Autumn Quarter or Spring Quarter.  The Supplemental Application will collect information about the applicant’s teaching and formal/informal teacher leadership experiences.  Those teachers with significant teacher leadership experience will be recommended for an Autumn Quarter start. 

After recommendation by faculty, the applicant will complete a formal application to the program, which requires documentation to be sent to both the UW Graduate School and the UW Bothell School of Educational Studies-LEDE Program. 

To be admitted to the LEDE program at the University of Washington Bothell, applicants must simultaneously be admitted to the Graduate School of the University of Washington. It is very important to submit all application documents by the application deadline.


Applicants with less formal instructional leadership experience may be qualified to begin during our Spring "Early Start" Quarter. Applications for Spring are due by February 15th. 

We are also accepting applications for an Autumn Quarter start from individuals who have extensive teacher instructional leadership experience. Applications are due by August 31st.  Completion of the Supplemental Application is required to determine if qualified to begin Autumn Quarter.

Initial application Requirements:

  • At least 3 years of experience as a K12 teacher.
  • The UW Graduate School requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits of graded upper-division coursework
  • Current Washington State Professional Teaching Certification (or equivalent continuing certification). Applicants from private schools should show evidence of comparable teaching experience and professional development.

Application Process and Materials

  1. Complete the Supplemental Application Form
    The Supplemental Online Application Form is available on the Leadership Development of Educators website.  Submit this form electronically via the LEDE webpage prior to the application deadline to determine which starting quarter is appropriate based on prior experience. (Autumn or Spring).  

    Applicants who are admitted for an Autumn start receive advance credit for their prior experience and join a cohort of candidates whose work has focused on instructional leadership during the spring and summer.
  2. Complete application to the University of Washington Graduate School
  • Submitted after receiving starting quarter recommendation from LEDE faculty
  • Made online at
  • When you are prompted to "select a graduate program," be sure to select "Education-Bothell Campus (Educational Leadership)" from the drop down menu (V-BEDUC).
  • An $85 non-refundable application fee is payable by credit or debit card at the time you submit your complete online application file.

The following application materials should be uploaded to your MyGrad online application as RTF, Word, or PDF documents:

  • Official Transcripts
    Instructions are provided on the MyGrad application. For transcripts to be official they must be submitted in original sealed envelopes. Applicants MUST submit official transcripts to the Graduate School or application processing and admissions will be delayed.
  • Current Resume
    • List education and work experience
    • Include in your resume a one paragraph description each of up to three leadership experiences (situations in which you needed to work with and influence other adults to achieve a goal). For each, describe what you wanted to accomplish, with whom you worked and what you learned from the experience.
  • Application Letter (Personal Statement)
    Please describe what you believe is possible to accomplish in a principal's position, why you aspire to this role, and why you believe you are qualified for the role. Consider this a rough draft of your letter of application for a principal's position. The letter should be no more than two (2) pages.
  • Three (3) Recommendations
    • One recommendation should be from your immediate supervisor or evaluator;
    • One reference from a colleague or co-worker who can speak about your commitment and ability to collaborate with colleagues, participate in a community of learning, and support success for all students;
    • One reference from an individual who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.

       3. Send the following documents to the UW Bothell LEDE Program

  • Unofficial Transcripts
    Provide copies of transcripts for undergraduate degree institution, post-baccalaureate, and/or non-UW graduate coursework.  Former and current UW students do not need to submit copies of UW transcripts.
  • Evidence of Teacher Certification
    Provide a photocopy of your Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate (or equivalent continuing certification). Applicants from private schools should show evidence comparable teaching experience and professional development.
  • Letter of Internship Support from Principal Mentor
    Applicants must ensure that their school principal understands and is supportive of the program internship requirement.  Applicants should provide the letter linked below to the principal who will serve as his/her mentor during the internship period.

    Information for LEDE Principal Mentors
    The Principal Mentor is asked to provide a letter stating support of the program and evidence of how internship opportunities will be available to the applicant.

Mailing Address:

Leadership Development for Educators
University of Washington-Bothell
Box 358531
18115 Campus Way N.E.
Bothell, WA 98011

Please note: all enrolled matriculated students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity. Students will not be allowed to register for any classes until the UW Bothell Registrar's Office confirms that they have satisfied this requirement. Students born before 01/01/57 are considered to be immune to measles and therefore do NOT need to submit proof of immunity.

Transfer credits: 6 credits maximum

Transfer credits must be approved by both LEDE faculty, as well as the UW Graduate School.  Credits must be graded, graduate level coursework taken at another recognized academic institution and cannot have been used to satisfy another degree/program.  Credits earned as an undergraduate non-matriculated or post baccalaureate student at UW may not be transfered.  Please review the UW Graduate School Transfer Credit policy for further information.  

If you wish to apply for transfer credit, please complete the Prior Learning/Professional Development form and submit it with your Evidence of Teacher Certification. An individual advising conversation will be scheduled in conjunction with the faculty's decision to grant transfer credit for these experiences.


Tuition Information and Financial Aid

The LEDE program is structured to provide the most cost-effective disbursement of tuition charges for the student.  As such, students should note that some quarters of the LEDE program have enrolled credits less than the minimum required by many financial aid loan lenders to meet attendance requirements, which may impact a student's loan repayment.  Students should contact their financial aid officer or loan lender directly and plan their financial needs accordingly.  

Please see below for approximate tuition costs per quarter.

LEDE Admissions Merit Fund Scholarship, 2017-2018

Experienced instructional coaches admitted to the LEDE progam can be awarded up to $1,500 to be applied during their first year of the program in the 2017-2018 academic year.  These competitive merit fund awards will be based upon information in the formal application to the program.  Applications will be reviewed for details about the extent of experience in instructional coaching and other formal instructional leadership roles, as well as clear evidence and impact of those roles. Applicants with a minimum of one year of full-time release for instructional coaching or related teacher leadership roles will receive priority in awarding scholarships funds. 

The School of Educational Studies anticipates awarding up to 10 LEDE admissions scholarships.    All formal applications to the program, including letters of recommendation, must be completed by August 31st to be considered for an admissions scholarship.

Application Details:

  • All new LEDE applicants will be considered for the Merit Fund Admissions scholarship upon making formal application. 
  • LEDE applicants will describe specific instructional leadership and release time within the initial Supplemental Application.  Additionally, during formal application through the Graduate School application system, the applicant should provide letters of recommendation, a resume and personal statement that provide specific details about formal teacher leadership experiences and evidence of outcomes.  
  • Admitted students must have applied to the program prior to the Autumn Quarter deadline of August 31st.  While LEDE will continue to accept applications after August 31st, only those accepted prior are eligible for a merit fund admissions scholarship. 
  • Students will be notified of their award status prior to the start of Autumn Quarter. 

Merit Fund Scholarship Award Restrictions

Awards cannot exceed a student’s total tuition due and are applied after any other financial aid has been processed (loans, exemptions, etc). 

*Tuition estimates based on 2016-2017 tuition rates.  Visit the Office of Student Affairs for specific information on tuition rates and financial aid.

Students who meet all prerequiste instructional leadership experience will begin the program in Autumn.  Students with less instructional leadership experience will be required to take 2-4 credits of prerequisite and internship coursework.

Transfer credits applied during Part 1 may reduce tuition costs. See above for details. 


We are currently accepting applications for
Spring Quarter, 2018

Please contact for more information!