Master of Education (M.Ed.)

header-med.pngThe M.Ed. at UW Bothell: Advancing Educational Inquiry, Reflection, and Practice

A one-year Master's degree providing focused professional development for educators in all learning communities, both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Program Highlights

  • M.Ed. degree completed in 1 year (full-time) with option to extend to 2 years
  • Choose one of two degree concentrations
  • Evening classes for working professionals
  • Renowned faculty of researchers and former K12 educators
  • Course-specific pathways encourage cohort-based professional learning communities.
  • Less than $24,000 tuition (based on 2022-2023 tuition rates, full-time/10 credits enrollment)


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program at UW Bothell is uniquely designed to serve the educational and professional goals of both currently certificated K12 teachers, as well as practitioners in a variety of fields looking to expand their depth of knowledge about education.

As an M.Ed. student, you will be provided with the academic foundations needed for career advancement within educational communities, to take on leadership roles within the profession, and to make significant contributions to the future of children, youth, and families.

The M.Ed. program does not provide initial teacher certification. If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher follow the links for our Elementary Education Post-Baccalaureate program or our Secondary and Middle Level Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Degree Concentrations

Students admitted to the M.Ed. program may choose one of two concentrations.

Critical Educational Change and Leadership

The Critical Educational Change and Leadership (CECL) Masters Degree integrates critical awareness of systemic oppression with liberatory, social-justice practices for educators across sectors. While acknowledging and studying technologies of social inequity like white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, neoliberalism, and coloniality, to name a few, the CECL concentration positions students to work against inequity in all aspects of human life. 

This program is well-suited for anyone interested in education as a means of working toward social justice. This may include community-based educators, K-12 educators, cultural workers, and all those interested in raising their consciousness around the relationship between education and social justice. 

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement

If you are a currently-certified Washington State teacher seeking to add an ESOL Endorsement, this pathway is designed for you.   A series of four foundational courses provide K12 teachers with critical inquiry into second language acquisition and bilingual education. Coursework includes curriculum, instruction, and assessment for teaching English to speakers of other languages.  Additionally, you will complete an elective of your choice, as well as the M.Ed. professional seminars and completion dossier.

School of Educational Studies Professional Licensure Disclosure

Learning Goals of the M.Ed.

The Master of Education program at UW Bothell was developed to reflect the Vision and Mission of the School of Educational Studies.  Specifically, as a M.Ed. student, your learning is based on a foundation of specific goals. 

  1. Educational Inquiry: Ability to critically investigate social, political, and economic consequences of theory, research, and practices through educational inquiry.
  2. Critical Reflection:  Accomplishment of and commitment to habits of critical reflection on personal identity, ethics, and beliefs that influence educational assumptions, values and actions.
  3. Theoretical and Conceptual Understanding: Understanding of multifaceted dimensions of theories, concepts, and practices across educational contexts.
  4. Knowledge of Learning and Educational Practices: Understanding of and commitment to enacting practices that promote learning, empowerment, equity, and social justice for all learners across diverse educational and community contexts.


Autumn 2023 Application Deadlines


  •  January 15: Priority Deadline (for early admission decision)

  •  May 1: Final Deadline

See the
Admissions page
for application details.


Online Info Sessions

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M.Ed. program with members of
faculty and advising staff. 

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Wed. Dec 14, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wed. Jan 11, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wed. Feb 8, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wed. March 15, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.



Learning Goals of the M.Ed. Degree

  • Educational Inquiry
  • Critical Reflection
  • Theoretical and Conceptual Understanding
  • Knowledge of Learning and Educational Practices

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Michele Graaff