How to Apply

The LEDE program is not currently accepting applications. We are excited to be in a redesign phase to offer a broader range of educational leadership opportunities for teachers at all levels of their career.

Application to the LEDE program involves 3 steps:

  1. Complete a preliminary (supplemental) application to determine Autumn or Summer Quarter start.
  2. Formally apply to the UW Graduate School for either Autumn or Summer Quarter.
  3. Submit additional documents directly to the UW Bothell LEDE program.

Application begins with completion of the LEDE Supplemental Application. Based upon review by faculty, the applicant will be recommended to apply either Autumn Quarter or Summer Quarter (Early Start option). The Supplemental Application will collect information about the applicant’s teaching and formal/informal teacher leadership experiences. Those teachers with significant teacher leadership experience will be recommended for an Autumn Quarter start.

After recommendation by faculty, the applicant will complete a formal application to the program, which requires documentation to be sent to both the UW Graduate School and the UW Bothell School of Educational Studies-LEDE Program.

To be admitted to the LEDE program at the University of Washington Bothell, applicants must simultaneously be admitted to the Graduate School of the University of Washington. It is very important to submit all application documents by the application deadline.


Applications should be submitted by May 15th, however teachers with substantial instructional leadership experience may still be admitted up to September. Please contact the LEDE advisor for more information.

Initial application Requirements:

  • At least 3 years of experience as a K12 teacher.
  • The UW Graduate School requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits of graded upper-division coursework
  • Current Washington State Professional Teaching Certification (or equivalent continuing certification). Applicants from private schools should show evidence of comparable teaching experience and professional development.

Application Process and Materials

  1. Complete the Supplemental Application Form
    The Supplemental Online Application Form is available on the Leadership Development of Educators website. Submit this form electronically via the LEDE webpage prior to the application deadline to determine which starting quarter is appropriate based on prior experience. (Autumn or Summer).

    Applicants who meet pre-requisite instructional leadership experience are admitted directly to Autumn quarter and join a cohort of candidates whose work has focused on instructional leadership during the Summer quarter Early Start option.
  2. Complete application to the University of Washington Graduate School
  • Submitted after receiving starting quarter recommendation from LEDE faculty
  • Made online at
  • When you are prompted to “select a graduate program,” be sure to select “Education-Bothell Campus (Educational Leadership)” from the drop down menu (V-BEDUC).
  • Choose an admission quarter of either Summer or Autumn, based upon the LEDE faculty recommendation.
  • An $85 non-refundable application fee is payable by credit or debit card at the time you submit your complete online application file.

The following application materials should be uploaded to your MyGrad online application as RTF, Word, or PDF documents:

  • Transcripts
    You may upload unofficial transcripts into the application system. However, upon acceptance, you will be required to provide an official transcript of your highest degree earned. Instructions will be provided on the MyGrad application upon acceptance. For transcripts to be official they must be submitted in original sealed envelopes. Applicants MUST submit official transcripts to the Graduate School or admissions will be delayed.
  • Current Resume
    • List education and work experience
    • Include in your resume a one paragraph description each of up to three leadership experiences (situations in which you needed to work with and influence other adults to achieve a goal). For each, describe what you wanted to accomplish, with whom you worked and what you learned from the experience.
  • Application Letter (Personal Statement)
    Please describe what you believe is possible to accomplish in a principal’s position, why you aspire to this role, and why you believe you are qualified for the role. Consider this a rough draft of your letter of application for a principal’s position. The letter should be no more than two (2) pages.
  • Three (3) Recommendations
    • One recommendation should be from your immediate supervisor or evaluator;
    • One reference from a colleague or co-worker who can speak about your commitment and ability to collaborate with colleagues, participate in a community of learning, and support success for all students;
    • One reference from an individual who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.

3. Send the following documents to the UW Bothell LEDE Program

  • Evidence of Teacher Certification
    Provide a photocopy of your Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate (or equivalent continuing certification). Applicants from private schools should show evidence comparable teaching experience and professional development.
  • Letter of Internship Support from Principal Mentor
    If a school principal is not the applicant’s direct supervisor, the applicant must ensure that the school principal understands and is supportive of the program internship requirement. All applicants should provide the letter linked below to the principal who will serve as his/her mentor during the internship period.

    Information for LEDE Principal Mentors
    The Principal Mentor is asked to provide a letter stating support of the program and evidence of how internship opportunities will be available to the applicant.

Applicants may submit a copy of the teaching certification and any other letters of support to the LEDE Advisor via email or postal mail:


Mailing Address:
Leadership Development for Educators
University of Washington-Bothell
Box 358531
18115 Campus Way N.E.
Bothell, WA 98011

Please note: all enrolled matriculated students are required to provide proof of measles (rubeola) immunity. Students will not be allowed to register for any classes until the UW Bothell Registrar’s Office confirms that they have satisfied this requirement. Students born before 01/01/57 are considered to be immune to measles and therefore do NOT need to submit proof of immunity.

Transfer credits: 6 credits maximum

Transfer credits must be approved by both LEDE faculty, as well as the UW Graduate School. Credits must be graded, graduate level coursework taken at another recognized academic institution and cannot have been used to satisfy another degree/program. Credits earned as an undergraduate non-matriculated or post baccalaureate student at UW may not be transferred. Please review the UW Graduate School Transfer Credit policy for further information.

If you wish to apply for transfer credit, please complete the Request for Transfer Credit Form and submit it to the LEDE Program Advisor An individual advising conversation will be scheduled in conjunction with the faculty’s decision to grant transfer credit for these experiences.

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