Seattle University’s College of Education principal/program administrator certification and master’s degree in Educational Administration (EDAD) is designed for you – the working professional educator striving to lead and dedicated to collaborative engagement with youth and community – to enact socially just change through dialogue, reflection and action.
Our cohort style leadership programs are practice-based degrees. Our EDAD (K-12 Leadership) program is designed to prepare future administrators, supervisors, principals and other leaders in diverse school systems, public and private. In less than two years, you will graduate with a deep understanding and working knowledge of how existing educational systems, policies and practices have perpetuated inequalities across educational settings, allowing you to become an informed catalyst for transformative change.
"Leaders should reflect the needs, struggles, values, and experiences of the youth and communities they serve, as opposed to silencing and excluding them."
Focus areas are specially developed for you, targeted to the type of schools where you work or want to work, including:
> Public school administration
> Catholic school administration
> Independent school administration
> Alternative school administration
Hybrid coursework that combines face-to-face sessions, online learning, and field experiences that make it the perfect option for the working professional.
Face-to-face class meetings allow you to come together with colleagues to resolve course case studies through professional collaboration. Faculty and fellow graduate students will offer a broad-based knowledge of the field. The cohort model builds a sense of connection for alumni and collaborators.
You will have the opportunity to undertake extensive field work, including school leadership roles and settings. The internship is planned, guided, refined and cooperatively evaluated by the student, university faculty and P-12 site mentors who will support student learning in multiple dimensions.
Emphasis for admission eligibility is based on prior academic record, your professional/personal recommendations and writing samples—rather than just a standardized test score.
Our Educational Administration program ensures that you’ll draw from a critical knowledge-base and experience that aligns with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly ISLLC). These standards are foundational to all levels of educational leadership, and were redeveloped and expanded in 2015 with a strong and clear emphasis on students and student learning, to help ensure that each child is well-educated and prepared for the 21st century.
Review the new standards in detail at the Council of Chief State School Officers.
"I think Seattle University is a great place for any student who wants to go into education, because of the ability to solve the issues head on. There is a respect for other ethnicities and cultures that are represented in our communities, and so we really understand what it looks like to be culturally responsive. We understand what other cultures are experiencing in schools on a daily basis, and we really dig deep into why that is actually happening. And so if you really want to make a change, if you really want to be able to address social justice, if you want to be able to address inclusivity and equity, Seattle University is the place for you to be able to do that, because you're being taught what it looks like to be doing that in practice."
– Baionne Coleman, MEd, Co-Founder and School Leader, Impact Public School
Seattle University’s Educational Administration program provided me with the vision and resources to be an educational leader that promotes social justice and equity for all students.– Christine Avery, ’08 Area Superintendent of Washington at Green Dot Public Charter Schools