Program Curriculum

Overview of the Program

The program is designed to be completed in six consecutive quarters. Each fall, a group of students will begin the program as a cohort and progress together to complete the Master of Education in the spring of their second year. Students in the cohort may pursue endorsements in any of the five endorsement areas (Biology, English/Language Arts, History, Mathematics, and Social Studies).

During each quarter of field experience, students engage in reflective seminars in which they examine the professional role of the teacher and the complexities of work in schools. They experience a holistic program, not merely a sequence of loosely connected courses and classroom experiences.

This is the general schedule for the program. The schedule may be adjusted in future academic years as the program is typically in a state of continuous change and improvement.


Program of Study
The Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed. students take courses that are designed to foster their professional expertise and state-of-the art knowledge in pedagogy, curriculum, teacher leadership, multiculturalism, and cross-curricular literacy. They will have numerous opportunities to learn along with experienced teachers in M.Ed. classes, including core courses of the M.Ed. Program. They also have opportunities to take elective courses of their choice.

All of the participants in the UW Bothell Master of Education program take three core courses. These courses focus on:

  • Examination of research methodologies and the generation of research questions.
  • The use of multicultural education as a theoretical foundation for examining the ways in which students' biographical journeys, values, and beliefs influence the questions they raise and the framing of those questions.
  • Organizational change and school reform as well as the responsibilities of professional leadership related to educational change.
M.Ed. students in class

Endorsement Area

A significant portion of the program is spent examining instruction and assessment of a chosen endorsement area. Endorsement areas currently supported by the program are:

  • General Science
  • Biology
  • English Language Arts
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

Students also choose elective courses under the guidance of a faculty advisor. These may be selected from M.Ed. courses, or from appropriate courses in other academic programs such as the UW Bothell Master of Arts in Policy Studies. Up to twelve credits of graduate-level coursework may be taken at the University of Washington Seattle.


Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed. students spend two consecutive quarters in field placements in which they have increasing curricular and instructional responsibility. Guided and supported by faculty, clinical faculty and cooperating teachers, students will have multiple opportunities to learn, observe, and apply a variety of instructional methods and tools in different educational settings.

Completion Dossier

Students complete a dossier that reflects their entire graduate school experience comprised of:

  • An Introduction
  • Four substantive projects selected from individual graduate education courses that best show how the student met the program learning goals.
  • A product that reflects the student's application of knowledge through a capstone project.
  • A program reflection.

Students in the Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Ceritification M.Ed. program have the option of completing one of four application of knowledge products:

  • Reflective Practice Portfolio (designed specifically for the Secondary and Middle Level Program to seamlessly integrate learning from student teaching and academic coursework)
  • Practitioner-Focused Research
  • Critical Literature Review
  • Curriculum Development Project

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have earned both a Master of Education degree and a Washington State Residency Certificate with an Endorsement in General Science, Biology, English/Language Arts, History, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

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The UWBIT website has a website dedicated to helping students in the School of Educational Studies create a portfolio, capstone project, or dossier.  On this website you will find links to the Google Sites ePortfolio tutorial, templates, FAQs, and sample ePortfolios.  For more information, visit this website:

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