You are here

Teacher candidates studying textbook

Master of Education in Instructional Leadership (MIL)

Are you a passionate teacher who feels called to lead? The University of Washington College of Education proudly offers the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership (MIL).

This unique program prepares teachers for emerging and critical leadership positions in school and district settings. The degree serves teachers who want advanced knowledge of leadership and classroom practice, but do not currently aspire to become principals or administrators. Exercising equity-driven leadership, our graduates support and foster the professional development for teachers that can lead to improved student outcomes.

The curriculum blends teacher leadership coursework, content-specific coursework, and inquiry-focused leadership practice based on the 2011 National Standards for Teacher Leadership. Courses draw on the rich knowledge of the UW College of Education faculty as well as notable local experts. A flexible schedule and hybrid format allows you to earn your degree in two years or less, even if you continue to teach full time.

If you want a professional role that directly aligns the twin goals of equity and excellence in education and also nurtures the growth of fellow educators, the MIL program can offer a transformational experience to you – both personally and professionally.

Apply Now

Applications for the new (2016) cohort are still being considered. Accepted applicants may begin the program in Fall Quarter, 2016 or Winter Quarter, 2017.

To set up a phone call or meeting with the program director, please contact Sylvia Bagley, Ph.D.: sbagley@uw.edu

Application requirements include: 

  • 3 letters of recommendation addressing your leadership expertise and/or potential
  • Personal history statement
  • Statement of purpose: Why is the MIL program of interest to you?
  • College transcripts 
  • GRE scores (no minimum required; considered part of a holistic application package)

Please click here to begin the application process.  You can start your application at any time and return to add more documents. 

For MIL news and photos, check out our Facebook page. 

Read about our teacher leadership contract work with local districts:

Kent School District

Northshore School District

Lynden and Meridian School Districts 

UW Teacher Leadership Programs is an official supporter of the national Teach to Lead initiative