Our Mission

The UW College of Education believes that an effective public education system for a diverse citizenry is the cornerstone of democracy. To that end, we dedicate our resources toward making an excellent education a daily reality for every student in every community across this state and country.

Transforming Education

The College of Education fulfills its mission by collaborating with poverty-impacted, culturally diverse schools to solve real-world educational challenges and close opportunity and achievement gaps. Our distinctive method places the College's teacher candidates, faculty, research and professional development programs inside schools, where leading-edge teaching practices are developed, tested and refined in real time. Our model prepares outstanding teachers and leaders who are change agents ready to dramatically improve the quality of entire educational systems.

The College
 was ranked #8 by U.S. News and World Report in its 2017 ratings, and #2 among public universities. Five specialties ranked in the top 11: Education Administration and Supervision, Education Policy, Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education and Special Education.

In the past year, College of Education students participated in more than 1,000 practicum experiences for a total of more than 383,000 hours in 300+ Washington state schools, district offices, nonprofits, colleges and universities. Each year, more than 200 teacher candidates fulfill their student teaching requirements in our 28 Ackerley Partner Schools and other poverty-impacted Seattle area schools.

Our alumni are leading change in schools throughout Washington and the nation. Three College of Education alumni are currently community college presidents, 
while hundreds are superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals or assistant principals. One-third of our teacher graduates work in schools exceeding the Washington state average of 46% of students on free and reduced lunch and more than half of our teachers work in schools with a student racial and ethnic diversity population of over 40%.

Featured Stories

Elizabeth Loftus
Elizabeth Loftus, a 2014 graduate of the UW’s Applied Behavior Analysis program, has been named a Washington Regional Teacher of the Year.
Nicholas Bradford
Nicholas Bradford (MEP '12), founder of the Seattle-based National Center for Restorative Justice, aims to change how schools approach discipline.