Overview of M.Ed. Programs

The Education Program offers a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) designed to support the academic and professional goals of educators. Options are available to combine an M.Ed. with the following specialized coursework:

  • Secondary Teacher Certification
  • Reading Endorsement
  • National Board Certification

All Master of Education coursework emphasizes research, writing, critical thinking and encourages program participants to think deeply about the complex nature of education. Collaborative learning helps participants build collegial relationships with other professionals who share common goals and commitments.

All graduates of the Master of Education Program earn at least 46 credits, which he or she typically completes during a two- to three-year period. The coursework for the program is divided into three parts:

  • Core Courses
  • Program Pathways and Electives
  • Completion Dossier

Optional Pathways


Individually Defined

In consultation with their advisors, students develop an Individual Program of Study. Students can select courses from those listed in the Master of Education curriculum, courses outside of Education, and courses at other UW campuses. A maximum of 12 credits of graduate level coursework at the University of Washington Seattle may be taken by students with an advisor’s permission. 

Secondary Teacher Certification

Students new to the field of education or not yet certified in Washington State may pursue their Residency Teacher Certification along with their Master of Education degree. Pathways are available for endorsements in one or more of the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • English/Language Arts 
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

with the addition of endorsements in:

  • Middle Level Humanities
  • Middle Level Mathematics
  • Middle Level Science

The Secondary Teacher Certification M.Ed. is designed as a cohort program that starts Autumn quarter each year. The required coursework is scheduled so that you can complete both your teacher certification and M.Ed. over seven quarters of full and part-time study.

Reading Endorsement

The Reading Endorsement pathway is designed for practicing teachers who hold an elementary or secondary teaching certificate. Teachers who complete the requirements for the Reading Endorsement will be prepared to be reading specialists or literacy coaches. 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.

National Board Certification

Students interested in pursuing National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification may develop a National Board Portfolio as part of their Completion Dossier with a cohort of other National Board candidates, under the guidance of a faculty member and a National Board Certified teacher. Work on the portfolio extends through autumn and winter quarters.