School of Educational Studies


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Master of Education

Application Deadline: January 15 (Priority), May 1 (Final)

The one-year M.Ed. program centers on increasing equity and social justice across educational contexts.  Practitioners in K12 classrooms, as well as educators in other sectors, will develop a critical awareness of systemic oppression and methods of enacting social justice for increased student success. Applicants will choose between two M.Ed. Concentrations: Critical Educational Change and Leadership and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsement.

LEDE- Leadership Development for Educators

Application Deadline: Autumn (TBD)

LEDE is designed for teachers seeking the Washington State Residency Principal endorsement, or other professional development opportunities focused on instructional leadership.  Like the M.Ed., this program is aligned to foundations for increasing equity across learning structures. LEDE intentionally prepares teachers to lead equity-driven instruction in their schools and districts.


Professional Development -

Non-Degree Options

Application Deadline: varies

The School of Educational Studies offers several non-degree programs for educators seeking to advance their work within their classrooms and schools.  Options include, SPED Program Administrator certification, and equity leadership development through Northshore Leadership Academies, and endorsements in ESOL or SPED.


UW Bothell Pre-Major students who are interested in the Educational Studies major or the Elementary Education Option should meet with an SES academic advisor to plan their application to the School of Educational Studies. Students who wish to add Educational Studies as a second major should contact an SES academic advisor. Learn more about our undergraduate programs here.

Educational Studies Major

Application Deadline: click here for quarter deadlines

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The Educational Studies major is an interdisciplinary degree program designed for students who are interested in the field of education in all its forms.

Elementary Education Option

Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

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The Elementary Education Option prepares students to become certificated teachers in Washington state elementary schools. Students must seek admission to the program via an internal application. *See below for COVID-10 Admissions Update

Not yet an UW Bothell undergraduate?

Prospective first-year and transfer students should contact UW Bothell Undergraduate Admissions for information on admissions deadlines and requirements.  

Teacher Certification

The School of Educational Studies offers two post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs. These programs are designed for those who have already earned a Bachelor's Degree. Learn more about teacher certification at UW Bothell here.

Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate

Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

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The Elementary Education Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate prepares students to become certificated Washington state elementary school teachers.

Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Post-Baccalaureate

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

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The Secondary & Middle Level Teacher Certification Program prepares students to become certificated Washington state middle or high school teachers. 

COVID-19 Admissions Update

Because many Washington school districts will start the 2020-21 school year with remote learning, the School of Educational Studies is waiving the 20 hours of classroom experience application requirement for all teacher certification programs for the 2020-21 application cycle. Elementary and Secondary certification applicants are instead encouraged to submit documentation of any experience with children or adolescents they may have had in the last two years, including classroom, youth programming, daycare or volunteer experiences. Applicants may reflect on these experiences when answering application essay questions. Additionally, applicants may substitute their School-Based Recommendation with an additional Academic or Employer Recommendation.