Department ofInstructional Development and Leadership

Master's & Certificate Programs in Education

Preparing New Teachers,
Advancing Current Teachers

PLU has a long history of preparing leaders in education, and a strong reputation for excellence.  Descriptions of all our programs are below and links for more information are on the left.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline #1: November 20th
Interviews: Last two weeks of November
Notification: December

Priority Deadline #2: January 15th
Interviews: Last two weeks of January
Notification: February
(Note, January 15th is also the priority deadline for scholarship and fellowship applications)

Priority Deadline #3: March 7th
Interviews: Last two weeks of March
Notification:
April

We will continue to accept applications on a space-available basis after March 7th. 

February: Last opportunity to take the WEST-B or WEST-E before the application deadline

June: Classes begin


Preparing New Teachers

PLU offers programs to prepare new teachers at the elementary, middle school, or high school level.

Two Program Options

  • One-year, full-time track—earn the Master’s and WA State Residency Certificate in 12 months, 5 terms. Candidates begin their studies in June and typically finish all program requirements, including a year-long internship, the following June. In this track candidates can hold part-time employment as long as it doesn't conflict with their internship.  Candidates may pursue endorsements at the elementary, middle school, or high school level.

    • Click here for information on the typical schedule, curriculum, and how to apply.
    • Click here for information on tuition for the MAE with Elementary endorsement.
    • Click here for information on tuition for the MAE with Secondary endorsement.
    • Click here for scholarship information.
    • Click to find out more about Elementary or Secondary Certification programs.

  • One-year, Alternative Routes to Certification track—earn the WA State Residency Certificate in 12 months, four terms, with the option to pursue the Master’s within three years. Courses are held in the evenings, online and on weekends; students can typically maintain employment, as long as it doesn't conflict with the field experiences or the internship.  Candidates may pursue endorsements at the middle school or high school level, however elementary is not an option in this program.

    • Click here for information on the typical schedule, curriculum, and how to apply.
    • Click here for information on tuition.
    • Click here for scholarship information.
    • Click to find out more about Secondary Certification programs.

Advancing Current Teachers

PLU offers several programs for teaching professionals to advance their careers and broaden their creditials.

Four Program Options

  • Master of Arts in Education, Principal or Program Administrator Certification
    This program is designed to be completed in as little as twelve months for the emerging leader on a tight timeline, or can be spread out over a longer period for the working professional. The program provides candidates with the practical knowledge and skills they need to lead a school community in a responsive and results-oriented way.

    • Click here for information on the typical schedule, curriculum, and how to apply.
    • Click here for information on tuition.
    • Click here for scholarship information.
    • Click here for more information on the web.

  • Principal or Program Administrator Certification Only
    Professionals who hold a master's degree can obtain the Principal and Program Administrator Certification only. Like the MAE program, the Certification only program is designed to be completed in as little as twelve months, or can be spread out over a longer period.

    • Click here for information on the typical schedule, curriculum, and how to apply.
    • Click here for information on tuition.
    • Click here for scholarship information.
    • Click here for more information on the web.

  • The Master of Arts in Education, Instructional Leadership
    This is a twelve-month program that prepares accomplished teachers to become instructional facilitators, mentors and coaches in their schools and districts. The program provides opportunities for candidates to deepen their understanding of effective P-12 instruction and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for successful teacher leadership.

    • Click here for information on the typical schedule, curriculum, and how to apply.
    • Click here for information on tuition.
    • Click here for scholarship information.
    • Click here for more information on the web.

  • Add-On Endorsement Certificate
    This program enables Washington State certified teachers to add content area endorsements to their existing creditials. This is a flexible, short-term program designed to provide teachers with the ability to make themselves more marketable.

    • Click here for information on the typical schedule, curriculum, tuition and how to apply.
    • Click here for more information on the web.

Graduate Scholarships

All scholarships due by the January 15th deadline