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Danforth Educational Leadership Program

Full time / 1 Year / Seattle

We Lead Differently

The Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington equips educators to become outstanding principals and program administrators in P–12 school systems. 

Our innovative competency-based program, which combines proven classroom instruction and cutting-edge research with an intensive internship, will prepare you to be a strong educational leader and to cultivate leadership in others.


Learn how the program’s focus on equity and its combination of classroom lessons with hands-on experiences prepare students to become educational leaders.

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Earn Your Certification in One Year

Prepare for Washington's principal and/or program administrator certification. Earn a M.Ed. at the same time by taking additional classes.

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Expand Your Educational Vision

Join a diverse cohort and learn from top scholars and veteran educators. Explore what it means to be an equity-driven educational leader.

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Apply What You Learn

With the year-long internship, you’ll gain valuable on-the-job experience and work closely with a mentor principal or district administrator.

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Elevate Your Career

Get an edge in your career with our highly respected program. Build a powerful network of Danforth educators who are making an impact.

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“Any program can teach you how to lead. Danforth requires you to grapple with the real challenges of social justice leadership — building relationships, striving for transformative change, dealing with moral dilemmas, keeping students at the core of everything we do. It is not an exaggeration to say that the lessons I learned during that transformative, intensive year in Danforth inform my leadership every single day.”

Dedy Fauntleroy

Principal, Northgate Elementary School (Seattle)

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