M.Ed. in Educational Administration


Aspiring Teacher Leaders

Designed for educators who wish to earn a master's degree focused on school leadership.

Aspiring Principals

Designed for educators who wish to satisfy requirements for the Washington State residency administrator certificate (principal) while earning a master's degree.


  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; 3.0 undergraduate GPA in the last 90 quarter credit hours (60 semester credit hours).
  2. Acceptable test scores from the REVISED General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Application Deadlines

To receive full consideration for admission to this program, applicants must submit all application materials by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Quarter: June 1
  • Winter Quarter: October 1
  • Spring Quarter: February 1
  • Summer Quarter: May 1

Information Sessions

Prospective candidates are invited to explore program options at an upcoming information session.

Application Procedure

Submit the Graduate School online application. This secure process includes credit card payment of a $100 application fee, and instructions for providing these supporting materials:

  1. Official Transcripts: Two from each institution attended. If you previously attended WWU, it is not necessary to provide WWU transcripts or other transcripts previously submitted to WWU.
  2. Official Test Scores: Scores must be no older than five years, and submitted directly from the testing service (GRE or MAT) to the Graduate School.
  3. Letter of intent stating:
    1. Why you want to become a school administrator
    2. 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.
    3. Your goals and objectives as an education leader.
  4. Resumé outlining your education and professional history.
  5. One copy of valid Washington State certificate (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.
  6. Prerequisite Experience for a Principal’s Certificate (Form SPI/CERT 4001F-C)
  7. Professional Reference Forms (3): One each from two building-level administrators, and one from a district-level administrator.
  8. Candidate Information Form

Curriculum: 52 Credits

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

Course Title Credits
EDAD 501 Introduction to Educational Research & Evaluation
(Fall - Hybrid - via PolyCom)
EDAD 512 Policy Studies in Educational Administration 4*
EDAD 537 Seminar in Public School Finance 4*
EDAD 538 Case Studies in School Administration
(Spring - Cyber)
EDAD 539 Educational Leadership
(Summer - Cyber)
EDAD 541 Theory in Educational Administration 4*
EDAD 543 Supervision in the Public Schools 4*
EDAD 547 Readings in School Administration
(Winter - Cyber)
EDAD 548 School Law 4*
EDAD 549 Seminar in School Personnel Administration 4*
EDAD 550 Developing Staff & Community Relations 4*
EDAD 552 Planning for Curriculum Administration 4*
EDAD 553 Administering Elementary & Secondary Schools 4*

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