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M.Ed. in Educational Administration

Masters in School Leadership with Credential

Designed for educators who wish to satisfy requirements for the Washington State Residency Administrator Certificate (principal) while earning a master's degree.

Curriculum: 45 credits (11 courses) plus 12 credits for year-long internship (57 credits total)

The following courses are the plan of study for the master's degree. Those marked with an asterisk  required for Washington State residency principal certification. 

Once you have completed 32 credits, you may apply to take the Comprehensive Exam.

Course Title Credits
EDAD 501 Introduction to Educational Research & Evaluation
EDAD 512

Policy & Personnel Studies in Educational Administration

EDAD 537 Seminar in Public School Finance 4*
EDAD 538 Case Studies in School Administration
EDAD 541 Theory in Educational Administration 4*
EDAD 543 Supervision in the Public Schools 4*
EDAD 547 Readings in School Administration
EDAD 548 School Law 4*
EDAD 550 Developing Staff & Community Relations 4*
EDAD 552 Planning for Curriculum Administration 4*
EDAD 553 Administering Elementary & Secondary Schools 4*

Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Educational Administration Master’s Program and/or Certificate Programs, you must meet the admission requirements for Western’s Graduate Programs. 


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Quarter:  August 1st
  • Winter Quarter:  October 1st
  • Spring Quarter:  February 1st
  • Summer Quarter:  May 1st


Application Process


Go to Western’s Graduate School website and create an account under “How to Apply

  • After you have created an account, create your “online application”
  • Choose Master of Education, Educational Administration (there are two options, main campus and off-campus, choose the appropriate location)
  • Continue through the application, adding information and uploading required materials.
    • One set of unofficial transcripts from each institution attended, including WWU graduates.
    • If you are offered admission, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.
  • Letter of intent stating:
  • Why you want to become a school administrator
  • How your understanding of diversity relates to improving learning for all students.  Include your understanding of diversity and your leadership experiences related to student diversity in your response, recognizing that your school/district has students with diverse backgrounds.  For the purpose of this letter of intent, diversity may include but not be limited to:  highly capable, special needs, 504 plans, ELL/ESL, ethnicity and culture, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or other.
  • Your goals and objectives as an education leader
  • Resume outlining your education and professional history
  • Copy of valid Washington State Certification (teacher or educational staff associate).  If submitting an ESA certificate, you must include a letter from your supervisor describing your assignment and service that supports three years of documented successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students.
  • Professional References (follow the Graduate School application instructions) – references should be from individuals who are building-level and district-level administrators.  In the application, you will be asked to list your references information, including their email addresses.  After you have entered all of the information for each of your references, click on “submit recommendation request” and they will receive an email with a link to a reference form to complete and electronically submit.


Address for the Graduate School

Western Washington University

Graduate School

516 High St, Old Main 530

Bellingham, WA  98225-9037