Master of Education

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Department of Teaching and Learning

Placing today’s educational challenges in historical and social context, the Master of Education (Ed.M.) program offers opportunities for specialization in a growing number of fields. As part of the Ed.M. program, you can pursue endorsements in English Language Learners (E.L.L.), Literacy Education, Special Education (Sp.Ed.) and Middle-Level Math. We also offer Professional Certification within the master's program. A valid teaching credential is not a requirement of the program, but the Master of Education degree is highly focused on K-12 education and enhancing current teachers’ knowledge of best practices and research in the field.

The Ed.M. program emphasizes reflective analysis as well as professional competence. The program requires a minimum of 33 total credits. Courses are offered in the evenings during the public school year and on a variable condensed schedule during the summer, but you cannot complete the program by taking courses during summer semesters only. Students generally complete the program in two and a half years but may take up to six years.

Application process

Obtain a Master of Education Departmental Application Portfolio from Jennifer Gallagher at or 360-546-9075.

Application deadlines are:

  • July 1 for fall admission
  • November 1 for spring admission
  • March 15 for summer admission

If you are unable to meet the application deadline, contact Jennifer Gallagher at or 360-546-9075. Late applications may be considered. However, the department/university cannot guarantee an admission decision will be made prior to the start of the semester for which you apply.

Admission requirements and program information

Admission to the Graduate School requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. Admission to the Master of Education program is selective and is based on the quality the application materials submitted.

For more information about program requirements, please view the Master of Education Handbook (PDF).