Engage in the deep study of teaching, learning and curriculum through the University of Washington’s nationally-ranked graduate degrees in education. With a shared commitment to equity, democracy and justice in education and society, we employ diverse disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches to the teaching and learning of transformative knowledge.

Master’s students and faculty members partner with communities, educators and youth to engage in practice and research throughout urban and rural Washington. Together, we reimagine, implement and study approaches to curriculum and instruction, moving the eld toward more equitable outcomes for youth and communities.


Instructional Leadership

A unique program designed for passionate teachers who feel called to engage in the critical work of teacher-leadership but not pursue administrative credentials at this time.

IslandWood Graduate Residency in Education for Environment and Community

Focuses on the integration of educational theory from environmental, experiential and multicultural education with practice teaching 4th, 5th and 6th graders in a school overnight program. Please note this program is not designed for full-time working teachers.

Language, Literacy, and Culture

Provides advanced preparation in understanding and applying expanded notions of literacy, language learning and culture and its intersections along with the choice of a specialization in 1) literacies with a supporting emphasis on multilingualism including English language learning and teaching or 2) multilingualism including English language learning and teaching with a supporting emphasis in literacies.

Multicultural Education

Prepares teachers and other professionals to assume leadership roles in institutions that have projects, courses and programs related to racial equity and educational justice.

Science Education

Emphasizes advanced perspectives and training in equitable and ambitious science education, with an elementary or secondary emphasis. Supports the development of leadership in science instruction and curriculum.

While earning your master’s, you may also be able to earn an endorsement in ELL, reading or special education. Talk with an adviser to learn more about available options. Please note that this degree does not lead to a teaching credential.


Teaching, Learning & Curriculum master’s degree programs at the UW:

  • can be completed exibly in two years while working full-time (with the exception of IslandWood
  • offer most classes starting at 4:30 p.m. (or online)
  • allow you to work closely with nationally-recognized faculty at one of the nation’s Top 10 education schools
  • provide a choice of culminating experience (thesis, project or written exam)


  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal history statement (optional)
  • Admission deadline for most programs is early January. Check with specific programs for deadline extensions. Learn more at education.uw.edu/admissions/graduate.


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