Admissions

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

Priority Application Deadline (NEW) October 15, 2017
Final Application Deadline January 15, 2018
Scholarship Applications Deadline January 15, 2018*
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Deadline January 15, 2018
Applicant Interviews Mid-February**
Admissions Decisions Mid-March
Danforth 31 Orientation April 19, 2018
Danforth 31 Cohort Retreat July 15-19, 2018

*For information about program scholarships, see the Scholarships page

**Alternate dates may also be scheduled

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Three years of classroom teaching or related experience (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 (follow template format)
  • Goal Statement
  • Three professional references, who will submit a reference form as well as an official reference letter
  • Copy of your current teaching and/or educational staff associate certificate

If you are also applying for the Master of Education program, you will need to submit the following additional materials:

  • GRE scores
  • Sample of your scholarly writing (i.e., a course paper, article or essay) that demonstrates your ability to critically analyze and reflect on information. If you don't have an appropriate sample, you can submit a critical essay of 10–12 pages about a book you feel is central to your interests in education.

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.

Distribute your three professional reference forms. These forms should be completed and submitted to Danforth by your most direct supervisor — such as your program director or principal — and two other colleagues who can speak to your educational contributions. 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 asked to submit a separate letter of reference to Danforth.

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.

Take the GRE (master's degree applicants only). If you are also applying to the M.Ed. program, you must take the GRE. Test scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854 for the University of Washington. Scores cannot be more than five years old at the time of the application deadline. 

Step Two: Apply Online

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.

Select program name.

  • Applicants seeking only a certificate should select "Education - Seattle (Certificate - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies - Danforth Educational Leadership Program)"
  • Applicants seeking both a certificate and a master's degree should select "Education - Seattle (MEd - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies - Danforth Educational Leadership Program)"

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.