Educational Administration

Effective March 10, 2020 Western has made the decision to

move to online classes at all Western locations,

meaning that there will be no face-to-face classes

as of 08:00 am March 11th. 

Please check Canvas for further details from your instructors.

Classes at this time are to resume after Spring Break on March 31st, pending any further guidance from the Health Department.

WWU Cornonavirus  Website Information 

For Spring Quarter, the first Face-to-Face class meetings

for Bellingham, Burien and Bremerton Sites

will be April 14th. 

Please refer to Canvas sites for pre-class meeting online assignments and readings.




Western Washington University's Educational Leadership Program offers a M.Ed. as well as administrator certifications for principals and superintendents.  All programs are fully accredited by Washington State and are designed to prepare educators to be successful leaders for K-12 schools in public or private settings.  Our degree and certificate programs are field-based, effectively integrate theory and practice, and include administrative internship.  Western's certification programs are designed around the Washington State Standard and National Educations Leadership Program (NELP).  

We offer the M.Ed. and principal certification in Bellingham, Bremerton, Burien, Seattle, Tacoma, and B.C. programs (hybrid), plus the superintendent program in Everett.

Western's Educations Leadership program faculty are from educational administration backgrounds who provide extensive first-hand experience and are dedicated to meeting their students learning outcomes and preparing them to be educational leaders.

Program Locations:

Western offers its Educational Administration Programs at five sites in the Puget Sound area. Courses for the principal preparation programs are available in Bellingham, Bremerton, Burien, Seattle and Tacoma; and the Superintendent certification program is available in Everett.

  • Western Washington University
    516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Burien 
    • Meets at Raisbeck Aviation High School
    • 9229 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila, WA 98108  PLC (Professional Learning Center)
  • Seattle  
    • For the academic year 2019-2020, courses will meet at Aviation High School 
  • Tacoma
    • For the academic year 2019-2020, courses will meet at Aviation High School 
  • Olympic College ~ Bremerton Campus
    1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337
  • Everett University Center ~ Superintendent Program only 
    • 915 N. Broadway Ave, Everett, WA 
  • British Columbia
    • In partnership with Abbotsford and Langley School Districts.  These programs are for Canadian Educators and are cohort based models which are five university quarters, taking appx. 15 months to complete.
    • Admission Instructions for Canadian students

Schedule of BC Courses

Programs Offered

Residency Principal Certification

Designed for educators who hold a master's degree. Candidates earn the Washington State residency principal's certificate.  The Residency Principal Certification Program of Study includes 8 courses (33 credits) and a year long internship (12 credits).

M.Ed. in Educational Administration

Designed for aspiring principals who wish to satisfy requirements for the Washington State residency principal's certificate while earning a master's degree.  The Masters Program of Study includes 11 courses (45 credits) and a year long internship (12 credits) 

Our British Columbia programs provide a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and meet the Professional Standards of TQS Requirements of Category 6. (the BC M.Ed. does not require an internship).

Initial Superintendent Certification

Designed for aspiring superintendents and other school district leaders, such as assistant superintendents, executive directors and programs managers. Candidates earn the Washington State initial superintendent certificate.  The Superintendent Certification Program of Study includes 6 courses (26 credits) with two year internship (24 credits).


Program Office Information:

Western Washington University

Miller Hall
Educational Administration ~ MS 9187
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Fax: (360) 650-4535


Dr. Tim Bruce (360) 202-2332

Program Manager

Carola McGowan (360) 650-3708 

Program Advisor:

Warren Aller (360) 223-8502