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).

Application Deadlines

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

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

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. Unofficial Transcripts: One from each institution attended. Once you are admitted you will then need to submit official transcripts, pay a second $100 fee and submit a measles clearance if you did not previously attend WWU. If you previously attended WWU, it is not necessary to provide WWU transcripts or other transcripts previously submitted to WWU.  
  2. 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.
  3. Resume outlining your education and professional history.
  4. 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.
  5. Professional Reference Forms (3): One each from two building-level administrators, and one from a district-level administrator.
  6. The State of Washington requests the following from educational administration applicants, however the information WILL NOT be used in the review of your application:  Which most closely reflects the highest education level of your parent(s) and/or guardian(s)?
  1. Some high school, high school diploma, or GED
  2. Some college, college, graduate school
  3. Is your first language English?

Three years of documented successful school-based experience in an instructional role with students is required by the completion of the program.  Certification is predicated on the candidate submitting Prerequisite Experience for a Principal’s Certificate (Form SPI/CERT 4001F-C) to Carola Williams. (Form SPI/CERT 4001F-C)


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

The following courses are required for the master's degree. Those marked with an asterisk are also required for Washington State residency principal certification. Beginning in academic year 2015-16, newly admitted M.Ed. students to the Educational Administration program must take the research courses in sequence:  Spring Quarter EDAD 501; Summer Quarter EDAD 547; Fall Quarter EDAD 538.

Once you have completed 32 credits, you may apply to take the Comprehensive Exam (application is under documents and forms).

Course Title Credits
EDAD 501 Introduction to Educational Research & Evaluation
(Fall - Cyber)
EDAD 512

Policy & Personnel Studies in Educational Administration

EDAD 537 Seminar in Public School Finance 4*
EDAD 538 Case Studies in School Administration
(Spring - 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 550 Developing Staff & Community Relations 4*
EDAD 552 Planning for Curriculum Administration 4*
EDAD 553 Administering Elementary & Secondary Schools 4*

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