The Danforth Educational Leadership program prepares experienced educators for P–12 leadership positions. Collaboratively designed and taught by University of Washington faculty and educational practitioners in the field, the Danforth program provides aspiring leaders with a rigorous, competency based curriculum backed by a performance guarantee.

Join an innovative program crafted for experienced educators devoted to:

  • Shaping culture and leading change
  • Building instructional capacity
  • Advocating with students, families and communities
  • Committing to ethical practices
  • Driving improvement with data
  • Marshalling resources and improving systems

Unique features of this program include:

  • Graduates backed by an innovative, performance-based guarantee
  • Robust cohort model
  • Rigorous 1,000-hour internship
  • Residential summer institute
  • Integrated curriculum and field-based learning
  • Emphasis on equity focused and instructional leadership
  • Weekly reflective seminars
  • Ongoing formative program evaluations
  • Certificate only, or concurrently earn a Master’s degree (M.Ed.)

Certificate and Degree Offerings

  • State of Washington Principal Certification and/or Program Administrator Certification
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Application Information

  • Priority online submission date Oct. 15

  • Online final submission date Jan. 15

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