Applications for Summer or Fall Quarter (2017) are still being accepted!

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

A masters degree in instructional leadership from UW offers:

  • An explicit emphasis on developing your teacher-leadership skills
  • Highly personalized advising and support throughout the program
  • Ability to complete your degree in two years, while working full-time (or extend timeframe as needed)
  • A mix of summer, evening, and online courses -- all designed for working instructors and coaches
  • Cohort-based support (between ~ 5-10 members in each cohort)
  • Networking with MIL alumni 
  • Access to expert UW faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research
  • Specialization in a content area of your choice
  • Course assignments designed to allow you to connect research directly with your practice
  • Graduate credits available for NBC (National Board Certification) preparation work
  • Start during any quarter (check with program director for more details)
  • Explicit focus on equity-driven educational practices

Click here to see a sample schedule for completing an MIL degree in two-years.

Click here to read more about current quarterly tuition costs at the UW (scroll down to page 31).  

Read more about 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

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

Applications are accepted on a quarter-by-quarter basis (space permitting). Write for more information!

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. 

Summer intensive courses for the MIL program will be held on July 10-14, 2017 and July 17-20, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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


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