group of students in classroomGraduates of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program become part of a proud tradition and an extensive professional network. Students forge strong bonds with other members of their cohort and make deep connections with program faculty and alumni that can last for their entire career.

High Placement Rate

Danforth has a 100 percent graduation completion rate, and over the past several years, up to 96 percent of our graduates have accepted principal, assistant principal or district-level leadership positions within one year of completing the program. 

Substantial Return on Investment

Moving from a teaching position to an administrative role brings a significant boost in compensation. Exact figures vary by school district and region, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the national median salary for K-12 teachers in 2016 was $59,820, while the median salary for principals was $92,510 — representing a 55 percent increase.

Strong Networking and Support

Danforth alumni stay connected long after the program ends, with many returning to the University of Washington through the UW Leadership for Learning doctoral program and other College of Education degree offerings. Our alumni also remain involved in the Danforth program by serving as mentors, UW advocates, and teaching associates and instructors.

All Danforth graduates are also backed by a performance guarantee, which provides them with additional support if it proves necessary. And the program offers one-on-one coaching to alumni who start a principalship in the first year after graduating.

To read interviews with some of our outstanding alumni, visit the Student Stories page.