Larsen, Donald E., PhD.
Graduate Program Advisor: Dr. Donald Larsen, Miller Hall 419, 360-650-4336, Donald.Larsen@wwu.edu
Program Manager: Judy Gramm, Miller Hall 419, 360-650-3708, Judy.Gramm@wwu.edu
The Educational Administration program is designed to prepare elementary and secondary school teachers to assume leadership roles as principals, vice principals, program and department leaders, or instructional technology specialists. Candidates are recommended for the master’s degree and/or principal certification. Satisfactory completion of the Superintendent Certificate qualifies candidates for the superintendency as well as other district-level leadership roles.
The Educational Administration program is offered at four sites - Bellingham, Bremerton, Seattle, and Everett (initial superintendent certification).
- Course background appropriate to level of specialization
- One year (180 days) of successful school-based instructional experience with students (e.g., teaching or ESA employment) — three years preferred
- Application for admission to Graduate School
- Candidate Information Form
- Photocopy of your valid Washington State teacher or ESA certificate (if submitting an ESA certificate, include a letter from your supervisor describing your assignment and service that supports successful school-based instructional experience with students).
- A current résumé outlining your education and professional history
- Professional Reference forms (3): one each from two building-level administrators, and one from a district-level administrator
- Official transcript(s) showing all previous course work
- Satisfactory Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
- Letter of application stating (a) why you want to become a school administrator, (b) how your understanding of diversity relates to improving learning for all students, and (c) defining your goals and objectives as an education leader
- Prerequisite Experience for a Principal’s Certificate (Form SPI/CERT 4001F-C) if you are also pursuing your principal’s certificate
- An interview with a program advisor may be required
Please collect all admission materials, then forward the packet directly to the Graduate School, Old Main 530.
Program Requirements (54 credits)
Competency in Instructional Technology
Students admitted to programs in the Woodring College of Education are required to possess competence in the use of instructional technology in education prior to completion of their program and, when applicable, prior to being recommended for certification. Procedures for demonstrating or developing competence are available in Miller Hall 417A.
Woodring College of Education students in Option II are required to complete a comprehensive assessment. The format, timeline and criteria are defined by specific departments. For procedures, students should see their graduate advisors.
Second Master’s Degree
Enrollment must be for a single MEd, MA or MIT program. Students who have earned an MEd or MIT may apply for admission to another MEd program but all requirements of the second program must be met (with possible allowance for some course work taken in the first program). However, all programs must be completed with the minimum number of required credits.
NOTE: Due to a review and revision process which may affect Woodring College of Education programs and courses, the information contained in the Education section of this catalog is subject to change.