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Principal and Program Administrator Certification With MEd Option

The Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington prepares experienced educators to take on prominent leadership roles in K-12 school systems. Our innovative competency-based program, combining proven classroom instruction and cutting-edge research with intensive field-based learning experiences, will not only prepare you to be an effective educational leader but also help you develop your ability to cultivate leadership in others.

Rigorous One-Year
Certification Program

Being an educational leader in the 21st century is an extremely challenging vocation, and the Danforth program prepares you for that challenge with its rigorous structure and requirements. For more than two decades, we have been producing outstanding leaders who are committed to the twin values of equity and excellence in our schools. We stand behind our alumni with a unique performance guarantee that is rooted in core educational competencies.

Upon successful completion of the program, Danforth students are qualified to apply for the state of Washington's Residency Principal Certificate, Professional Administrator Certificate or both. Danforth students who also wish to earn a UW Master of Education can do so simultaneously with additional classes.

Top-Quality Instruction Integrated With Field-Based Learning

The Danforth program features an integrated curriculum and structure, which allows students to take what they've learned in class one day and apply it to their field-based internship the very next morning. This required internship enables each Danforth student to work closely with a mentor principal or district administrator and receive valuable on-the-job experience. UW representatives (known as advocates) work alongside the on-site mentors and faculty members to oversee and facilitate the internship, making sure the student gets the most out of the experience.

Take Your Career to the Next Level

The Danforth program and the University of Washington are highly respected and represent the utmost quality when it comes to educational leadership preparation. U.S. News & World Report recognized this when it ranked the
UW College of Education among the top 10 programs in the nation in the area of leadership and administration. You'll find our alumni leading schools across the region, state and country, exemplifying the passion and excellence that are hallmarks of our program.




October 15, 2017
NEW: Priority Application Deadline

January 15, 2018
Final Application Deadline


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UW Education Programs Among Ten Best

The UW College of Education is ranked in the top ten in the country for both overall programs (6th) and educational administration (10th) by U.S. News & World Report.

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