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Educational Administration

Earlier this year, Western made the decision to

move our classes remotely at all Western locations

for Summer quarter

per the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order

Fall quarter will also be held remotely at this time.

WWU Coronavirus  Website Information 

WWU Spring Quarter Guide for Students, Faculty & Staff 


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 current educators to be successful leaders for K-12 schools in public or private settings.  Our certification and M.Ed. programs are field-based, effectively integrate theory and practice, and include an administrative internship.  Western's certification programs are designed around the 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 Educational 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 multiple sites in the Puget Sound area. Currently courses for the principal preparation programs are available in Bellingham, Bremerton, Burien, and the Superintendent certification program is available in Everett.

  • Western Washington University Main Campus
    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  currently on hiatus, students meet with Burien
    • For the academic year 2020-21, courses will meet at Aviation High School 
  • Tacoma  currently on hiatus, students meet with Burien
    • For the academic year 2020-21, 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
    • Please refer to the British Columbia Program tab

Programs Offered

Residency Principal Certification

Designed for educators who hold a master's degree, candidates earn the Washington State Residency Principal's Certificate which is 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 which is 6 courses (26 credits) with two year internship (6 credits).

Please look under the Degrees & Certificates tab for instructions on how to apply

Program Office Information:

Please note that due to the Governor's stay at home order, the best way to reach us may be via email

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