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Danforth Educational Leadership Program


Application Dates and DeadlinesMinimum Admission Requirements | Required Application Materials | Application Steps | International Students

student in classroomThe Danforth Educational Leadership Program offers Residency Principal and Residency Program Administrator certification through the area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the UW College of Education. If you are interested in applying to the Danforth program, please review the deadlines and requirements below.

Application Dates and Deadlines

A new Danforth cohort begins each summer with the Cohort Retreat in July. We'll continue to accept and review application submissions for the upcoming 2023–2024 year until the end of March. Application submissions, along with reference packets, must be received by March 31, 2023, to be considered for next year.

The following chart lists important deadlines in the admissions process for the upcoming cohort (D36).

D36 Scholarship Application Deadline January 16, 2023
D36 Extended Application Deadline March 31, 2023
D36 Extended Application Interviews April 11–12, 2023
Notification of Admission Decision Mid to late March 2023
D36 Orientation April 20, 2023
D36 Islandwood Summer Retreat July 9–14, 2023
D36 UW Campus Week

July 24–28, 2023

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Three years of successful school-based instructional experience in an educational setting (five or more years recommended)
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution*
  • Evidence of academic commitment (typically a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the last graded 60 semester credits or 90 graded quarter credits)
  • Demonstrated English-language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

*A master's degree is required for state certification as a principal or program administrator. If you do not have a master's degree, you can meet this requirement by concurrently enrolling in Danforth's certification and master's programs.

Required Application Materials

  • UW Graduate School online application and fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Resume (use Danforth template)
  • Goal statement
  • Three professional references, who will submit a reference form as well as an official reference letter
  • Copy of your current teacher, educational staff associate (ESA) or Initial/Continuing CTE certificate

Starting with applicants for 2021 admission, GRE scores are no longer required. If you've already taken the GRE, you'll have the option to self-report your scores in the application.

Application Steps

To apply to the Danforth program, you'll submit your application materials online through the UW Graduate School website. We recommend you begin your application early in order to complete all requirements on time. For guidance on your application, see the application rubric used to review all applicants.

Step One: Prepare to Apply

Get transcripts from each college or university attended. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies.

Locate and contact two professional references and your current supervisor regarding online reference notifications. Through the online application you will enter the contact information for your most direct supervisor, such as your program director or principal, and two other colleagues who can speak to your educational contributions as references. If you are not currently working in an educational setting, choose a former supervisor who knows your work well. These three individuals will also be notified via the email you provide that you are in need of a letter of reference and rubric completion for your application.

Update your resume or curriculum vitae using the provided resume template. The template separates your leadership experiences — as a team leader, department chair, learning community facilitator, district leader or other role — from your classroom experiences, and it aids our reviewers when they examine your application materials. Be sure to include your educational degrees as well as all relevant awards, publications, presentations and other achievements.

Prepare your goal statement.  

Step Two: Apply Online

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.

Select "Education - Seattle (MEd - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies - Danforth Educational Leadership Program)" as the program name.

Upload all required documents.

Designate the people who have agreed to fill out your professional reference forms and write letters of recommendation.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application.

International Students

International applicants must meet all admission requirements for the program. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant or permanent resident. International applicants should contact us for more information about the process and requirements.