From changemakers to educators, at the University of Washington College of Education, we create the leaders of tomorrow.

At the UW College of Education, our students address and find solutions to today's most challenging problems in education, our faculty and staff foster innovation, and together, we ensure the fight for equitable systems remains strong. We understand that becoming an educational leader is about a commitment to innovation, and a dedication to creating a positive impact in your community, and the world. At the College of Education, you’ll create new standards of excellence and innovation among educational leaders, and, in the process, make a positive and lasting impact on Washington and the world. 

Our education graduate degrees offer study in a wide range of pathways, from School Psychology to Learning Sciences and Human Development, and provide you with the opportunity to learn from top scholars and professionals committed to lead and inspire change.

UW College of Education students teach, undertake internships and other fieldwork, partner with faculty on research, all to prepare them to work in private, charter, and independent schools, community-based advocacy organizations, non-profits, educational support companies, policy and research centers, museums, academia, state and federal government, hospitals, scientific research centers, and more.

The UW College of Education is ranked as the #5 Public Education School in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.

Click the links below to learn more about some of our programs, or take a look at our Graduate Programs Viewbook.

At the UW College of Education...

We are committed to creating a sustainable, just, and vibrant society — locally and globally.

We believe in the power of a high-quality education degree, not just for the benefit of the individual, but for the countless people each leader — including you — will serve during your lifetime. 

We are dedicated to creating safe and welcoming learning environments that celebrate all differences, including diversity of life experiences, social background, worldview, and professional interests.

We are innovative, compassionate, and dedicated problem-solvers. Our community is excited to help you channel your assets to become leaders in education, public policy, and research.

Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership (EdPOL)

The EdPOL program is a master’s and doctoral program that allows students to work with nationally and internationally recognized faculty to learn about and improve the research and practice of education policy, organizations, and leadership. As part of the EdPOL M.Ed. program, students work to address the pressing problems in U.S. education that are essential to creating equitable learning opportunities. From early childhood to K-12, and postsecondary education, this program emphasizes the importance of addressing racial, socioeconomic, language, ability, and other social identity disparities. Learn more.

School Psychology

The School Psychology program prepares scientist-practitioners whose practice is grounded in scientific knowledge and focused on enhancing the socio-emotional and educational competence of school age children. 

Graduates of the School Psychology program are prepared to become school psychologists who place children's behavioral and mental health needs at the forefront of prevention and intervention services. At the heart of this program is the belief that academic and social-emotional learning are equally important in the development of children and adolescents. Learn more.

Learning Sciences and Human Development (LSHD)

The LSHD program is a master’s and doctoral program that focuses on the nature and interaction of learning, development, and culture in a variety of settings. As part of the LSHD program, students study learning and development where it happens — in families, communities, workplaces, and schools, from pre-school to college. LSHD students and faculty work at the state, national, and international levels with a shared focus on equity, and a commitment to improving the lives of real people throughout Washington and the world. Learn more.

Teacher Education

Our Teacher Education programs prepare students to create meaningful learning opportunities for all learners. Each of our Teacher Education pathways include extensive experience in poverty-impacted schools, mentoring from master teachers, and the latest research-informed teaching practices. Learn more.

Financial Aid

At the UW College of Education, we are dedicated to making the College of Education an option for everyone, including underrepresented populations, international students, and people with unique challenges on their path to a graduate education. Your financial aid package may include financing your graduate education through a variety of options, including scholarships, grants, and federal loans.

Each year, the College of Education and the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) develop comprehensive financial aid packages to help students achieve their goals while minimizing student educational debt. Every situation is unique, so we encourage you to seek out additional information on our website or to contact our office.

Social Justice and Equity at the UW College of Education

At the UW College of Education, we believe that every person deserves an outstanding education, and we believe in creating a responsive curriculum dedicated to continued innovation.

As the global COVID-19 pandemic began, the University of Washington College of Education began to examine the pandemic’s impact on education and learning, as well as the role education can play in shaping a society’s response to inequities and social justice. 

College of Education faculty, students, and staff began to reevaluate the inequities of these systems, further advancing the College’s mission of creating more just and equitable societies. Through this process, the College of Education was able to create not only a more equitable college, but one that is also committed to continuously transforming its curriculum and courses to reflect a changing society.

The College of Education is committed to making its own educational systems more just through continued transformation and will work to ensure you’re equipped with the tools you need to make a difference and lead change.