Courses & Curriculum

Degree Requirements

The Danforth Educational Leadership Program is four quarters in length. It requires completion of 36 credits of coursework for those students seeking principal certification, program administrator certification or both.

Students may also elect to earn a Master of Education by taking an additional nine credits during the school year, for a total of 45 credits.

Program Structure

The Danforth program is formally structured so that you take six credits during their first summer quarter and 10 credits during each of the next three quarters. The 10 credits each quarter include six for classroom instruction and four for your internship. See the chart below for details.

Master's degree students take an additional course each quarter during the school year. Some online course options are available for master's degree students.

Program Summer Autumn Winter Spring
Danforth Cohort Retreat and UW Campus Week (6 credits) Leadership Core I (6 credits) Leadership Core II (6 credits) Leadership Core III (6 credits)
  Internship & Reflective Seminar (4 credits) Internship & Reflective Seminar (4 credits) Internship & Reflective Seminar (4 credits)
Danforth Master's   Core Course
(1 credit)
Additional Course (3 credits)
Core Course
(1 credit)
Additional Course (3 credits)
Core Course
(1 credit)

Curriculum

Danforth offers a unique, integrated curriculum that explores issues essential to developing equity-driven, learning-focused school and district leaders. The program’s key learning strands, known as the core competencies, are woven together throughout the cohort retreat, UW Campus Week, leadership courses and internship.

Internship

In addition to your courses, you will complete a rigorous internship that includes at least 1,000 hours of documented leadership experiences at a school and/or district site, working under the guidance of an experienced mentor. See the Internships page for more detailed information.