Professional Development for Educators

Continue the learning journey

The School of Educational Studies not only prepares new teachers to successfully lead their classrooms, but supports established educators along their path toward professional and personal growth. 

We ofter several professional development options, all rooted in the standards of equity and social justice that shape the Schools mission, vision, and values. 

Additional information on state administrator certification & professional development supports

Equity-Centered School Leadership

For our students to thrive, educators must not only recognize a school's culturally diverse context, but to continually break the embedded barriers of inequity built into many educational systems.

The School of Educational Studies places equity-driven instruction and leadership at the core of its mission and vision.  SES is pleased to offer several professional development programs centered on increasing student success through adopting standards of instructional leadership based on equity and social justice. 

Northshore Educator Leadership Academies

In partnership with Northshore School District and the Northshore Schools Foundation, the UWB School of Educational Studies is pleased to offer the Equity Academies for Educator Leadership.  

Educators will complete a series of once-montly seminars in their choice of the three academies:

  • Leadership for Instructional Equity
  • Instructional Leadership for Equitable Instructional Systems
  • Leadership for Youth and Community Engagement

The Educator Academies will guide educators to:

  • Reflect on and connect critical intersectionalities in educational equity.
  • Build and enhance collaboration for instructional equity at a building-level.
  • Prepare to inform and lead broader, district-wide efforts to increase instruction that best reflects the diverse needs of all students.
  • Create opportunities to engage the district's youth and community voices. 

Educators who complete their chosen academies will earn clock hours, and  establish a strong foundation for continued instructional leadership opportunities in their schools and districts. 

Leadership Development For Educators 

Experienced teachers can earn the Washington State Residency Principal certification in one of the most highly respected educational leadership programs in the region. Leadership Development for Educators (LEDE) carries a reputation across local districts as a hallmark eduational leadership and principal preparation program.  Graduates of LEDE are consistently hired immediately upon completion, leading schools and their colleagues to increase equity-focused instruction.  

LEDE is structured for working educators. Sessions meet once per month, with required administrative internships embedded in the candidate's current role. Program graduates earn Washington State Residency Principal certification and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Eduational Leadership. 

Program highlights:

  • Focus on Instructional Leadership for Equity and Social Justice
  • Affordable tuition
  • Hybrid online/face-to-face class sessions (Zoom only while COVID-19 restrictions in place)
  • Attend sessions one Saturday per month
  • Coursework embedded in your current role
  • Cohort-based

National Board Certification

For educators seeking the nationally recognized standard of teaching excellence. 

National Board Preparation Program

Educators may participate in a 10-month support program designed to guide teachers through the rigorous National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) process. NBCT candidates will complete a foundational course and integrative seminar focused on critical thinking, reflection, and peer writing groups. Seminars are facilitated by a National Board Certified Teacher/Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) trained Facilitator.

Program highlights:

  • Comprehensive support on all components of certification in one year
  • Regular feedback on products from peers and experienced NBCT
  • Small cohort experience with low instructor-to-candidate ratio
  • Conversations informed by the latest research
  • A space for intentional reflection
  • Receive up to 48 clock hours for participating in all seminars


ESOL and SPED Endorsements

Current Washington State-certified teachers seeking either the ESOL or SPED endorsement may complete the required coursework as defined by OSPI. This option requires enrollment as a non-matriculated student and registration in the undergraduate-level content courses built into our teacher certification program.

Upon completion of the endorsement coursework, and submission of passing scores on the WEST-E/NES test, the endorsement is granted to certificated teachers via the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

No degree is granted with this option and classes are subject to space availability. 


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