Degree & Program Information

Master in Teaching 

REQUEST MASTER'S DEGREE FOR SPRING QUARTER:  If you are graduating spring quarter please request your masters degree by April 12 as this allows the Office of Student Services to follow up and confirm your graduation progress before the end of the quarter (please note the MIT is a non-thesis program).  One step in requesting your degree is running a degree audit which will check on course and credit requirements. The audit will note courses that are in progress (IP) and that registration is required through the end of the quarter. Be sure to keep a copy of the degree request confirmation for your records. If you have any concerns after running your audit, feel free to follow up with me.  Even if your audit has flags, proceed with your degree request so it will be on file. 

*If you are graduating summer don't submit a degree request at this time.  You'll be contacted in June with a reminder to take care of this step then.

ENDORSEMENT: If you plan to extend the MIT into summer and have questions about continuing with your financial aid, be sure to connect with the Financial Aid Office that you are extending your program by an additional quarter.

CHECK TRANSCRIPTS: Review your transcripts! All Xs and Incompletes for courses counting toward your degree must be cleared from your transcript by June 7 in order to graduate spring 2024. If you still have courses without grades by June 11, please contact your instructors to ensure your grades have been entered to avoid delaying your graduation. 

CERTIFICATION Once we verify that you've met all state and program requirements for your certificate, ewe will submit the recommendation to OSPI for your residency teaching certificate. In order to recommend you I'll be checking for:

  • Grades posted for all MIT courses -- Be sure to check your transcript for any X or I grades and resolve those as soon as possible; delays in submitting change of grade forms can delay your degree.
  • Passed the NES
  • Completed and signed Professional Growth Plan 
     

The recommending process will begin around June 12 when grades begin to post. You will be notified you when your recommendation has been submitted with instructions for logging into your E-Cert account to complete the certificate application. If you are extending the MIT into summer we will be able to recommend you for your certificate in June provided you've met all the necessary requirements.

Quick Links

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction - Information on adding endorsements, renewing certificates, the Professional Teaching Certificate, National Board certification and other issues

Professional Educator Standards Board - Establishes policies and requirements for the preparation and certification of education professionals as well as serving as an advisory body to OSPI

Master of Education

Quick Links

Below is a list of links that Master of Education students frequently use. It is very important to read the Degree Requirements and Program Requirements pages, but these links will quickly direct you to certain information.

College of Education

Advising

Master of Education Forms

Thesis versus Non-Thesis Options for Culminating Experiences

University of Washington

Time Schedule

Graduate School

Graduate School Minimum Requirements

Graduate School Transfer Credit Policy

Master's Degree Request

Bachelor of Arts

Quicklinks

For All ECFS Majors:
MyPlan
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
Office of Financial Aid

For On-Campus Students Only: 

On-Campus Student Handbook

For Online Students Only:
Online Degree Checklist
Online Student Handbook

Degree Requirements

To complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies (ECFS) at the University of Washington (UW), you will need to complete the ECFS major requirements for your intended pathway in the major, the UW general education requirements, and the UW's graduation requirements. You can use these checklists to keep track of your progress.

 

Please ask your adviser if you have any questions!

Electives

The Early Childhood and Family Studies (ECFS) major requires 20 credits of electives.  These electives are multidisciplinary across a range of categories that include courses offered in the College of Education, as well as other colleges and departments across the univerisity. 

On-Campus Students: Please use the list below to choose courses that meet elective requirements. You may have taken other courses through previous study that will fulfill elective requirements. Please speak with your adviser if you believe you meet these requirements.

Online Students: Electives will be offered as part of the ECFS online program in areas related to teaching and learning. While taking these courses is preferred, you may also fill elective requirements with previous coursework. Please speak to your adviser if you believe that one or more of your prior courses meets these requirements.

This list is updated periodically - ECFS Electives List

Education Specialist

Below is a list of links that Educational Specialist students frequently use. It is very important to read the Degree Requirements and Program Requirements pages, but these links will quickly direct you to certain information.

College of Education

Advising

Educational Specialist Forms

University of Washington

Time Schedule

Graduate School

Graduate School Minimum Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is a intermediate degree that is more advanced than a master's degree, but does not constitute doctoral-level study. It is generally taken up by those who intend to pursue advanced practice in a specialized field of education, such as school administration or curriculum design. In the UW College of Education, only students in our School Psychology program can pursue the Educational Specialist degree.

In accordance with the UW Graduate School, you must satisfy the following requirements to earn an Ed.S. degree:

  • At least 54 credits must be completed. All courses numbered 400–799 that are numerically graded 2.7 and above, or have a grade of Satisfactory or Credit (S or CR), count toward the 54-credit total. 499-level courses and courses graded less than 2.7 do not count.
  • At least 18 credits must be in courses numbered 500 and above. 
  • At least 18 credits must be numerically graded in department-approved, 400-level courses accepted as part of the major and/or in 500-level courses. This excludes 499-level courses and transfer credits.
  • No more than six graduate-level quarter credits can be transferred from other academic institutions.
  • No more than 12 UW graduate non-matriculated credits can be applied to the 54-credit total.
  • No more than 12 credits derived from any combination of UW graduate non-matriculated credits and transfer credits can be applied to the 54-credit total.
  • If a student repeats a non-repeatable class, only one set of credits counts.
  • At least six credits of capstone experience (course number 750) must be included in the 54-credit total.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 is required for a graduate degree.
  • The Educational Specialist Degree Request Form (*available in Spring 2014) must be filed according to posted quarterly dates and deadlines.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within six years.
  • The timeframe/clock begins on the first day of the first quarter that the graduate student takes a course to satisfy degree requirements when he/she is coded as either a graduate non-matriculated student (department code with class 6) or as a graduate student (department code with class 8) in the department to which he/she is admitted.
  • UW graduate non-matriculated credits used toward the 54-credit total are counted in the six-year deadline.
  • Quarters spent on leave and out of status are counted in the six-year deadline.
  • Students must submit their EdS request for degree completion and maintain registration through the end of the quarter in which the degree is conferred. If the degree is not requested in the quarter of graduation, the student must pay the graduate registration waiver fee. Graduation is then for the following quarter with the fee.

Program Requirements

The course of study leading to an Educational Specialist degree with a specialization in School Psychology is a three-year program. The School Psychology Program Coordinator will provide updates to the course sequence, describing which courses to take each quarter. The course sequence is organized so that all basic foundation courses are completed in the first year, the second year provides practice at the University of Washington, and the third year is an internship in public schools.

During your first year, you will take courses in the scientific foundations of the practice of school psychology:

  • Human Learning
  • Development (Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, & Adolescence)
  • Personality Theory
  • Individual Differences
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Families
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics

In addition, you will take courses that introduce you to the field of school psychology; ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice; consultation (indirect service delivery); and interdisciplinary collaboration, group, and behavioral intervention.

The second year is designed as an integrated on-site practicum experience at the University of Washginton (UW), during which students provide direct and indirect services (to children from birth to age 21) under the supervision of UW faculty. You will learn to:

  • administer and interpret intellectual, cognitive, academic, and neuropsychological tests;
  • assess social and emotional functioning and adaptive behavior;
  • interview parents, children, and teachers;
  • observe children in the classroom;
  • test clinical hypotheses;
  • generate recommendations for interventions;
  • write psychological reports;
  • provide oral feedback and consultation; and
  • counsel individual children and their parents.

The entire third year is designed as a field-based internship in public schools, during which interns are supervised by certified school psychologists and also receive additional supervision once per week at the UW. Altogether, this program requires 118 credit hours.

Progress to Degree Checklist

The following forms are intended to help you track your progress toward degree completion:

1. Requesting an Ed.S. Degree from the Graduate School - the period to request this for spring 2024 opens on March 25, 2024.

Every Educational Specialist student must submit a degree request to the Graduate School for their degree during the anticipated quarter of graduation. The degree request is solely your responsibility. Complete the Educational Specialist degree request by logging in to your Student MyGrad Page

You may submit your request beginning the first day of the quarter of expected graduation until the last day of instruction of the quarter of expected graduation.  It is recommended to submit this as early as possible in the quarter to ensure that you will meet requirements for graduation.  If you miss the deadline, you must pay a $250 Graduation Registration Waiver Fee within 2 weeks after the end of the quarter.  Graduation is then for the following quarter and a degree request must be submitted for that quarter.

2. Submit Course of Study & Degree Completion Forms

In addition to requesting your degree from the Graduate School, you must complete and submit a Course of Study Form and Spring 2024 Degree Completion Form.  The Course of Study must be approved by your adviser, and must be submitted online through the degree completion form.  

  • Degree Completion Form: Ensure that your first and last names coincide with the first and last names on your UW transcript. Your degree is Education Specialist (Ed.S.); major or department is Education.
  • Course of Study Form: We recommend that you have a worksheet of your Course of Study checked by your adviser one quarter prior to completing your degree.

3. Don't forget to:

  • Register as a graduate student at the UW during the quarter in which you plan to complete your degree.
  • Make arrangements to remove any X, N, or I grades posted on your transcript for courses needed to satisfy degree requirements. You must successfully complete these courses by the end of the quarter in which you expect to receive your degree.
Doctor of Education

Quicklinks

Advising

Time Schedule

How to Register

Forms

Setting Up a Committee 

Going On Leave

Request an Exam

Dissertation Submission

Degree Requirements

The UW Graduate School maintains minimum requirements for the doctoral degree. All doctoral students should become familiar with these requirements and discuss them with faculty advisers.

View UW Graduate School Doctoral Degree Requirements »

Program Requirements

Progress to Degree Checklist

It is your responsibility as a graduate student to ensure that all requirements of the Graduate School as well as those of the College of Education have been met. The doctoral milestones that you will complete throughout your program are listed below. You are strongly encouraged to download a Doctoral Milestones and Forms Checklist and work with your faculty adviser to meet these requirements.

Milestones that will be documented with the College of Education and Graduate School for the Ed.D. program include:

Doctor of Philosophy

Quicklinks

Advising

Time Schedule

How to Register

Forms

Setting Up a Committee

Going On Leave

Request an Exam

Dissertation Submission

Degree Requirements

The UW Graduate School maintains minimum requirements for the doctoral degree. All doctoral students should become familiar with these requirements and discuss them with faculty advisers.

View UW Graduate School Doctoral Degree Requirements »

Program Requirements

Progress to Degree Checklist