Certificate in Washington P-3 Executive Leadership

Implement Cross-System Improvements and Instructional Reforms for P-3 Learners


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Class Times: Weekends, Days, Self-Paced
  • Cost: $2,150 (noncredit)
    $3,150 (credit)

About this Program

In this two-course certificate program, you will develop the skills and vision to lead cross-system improvements, implement instructional reform and ensure a high-quality continuum of learning for students in preschool through third grade regardless of race, class, culture or zip code.

We will examine strategies for aligning elementary schools with community-based early learning programs, which help improve organizational practice and contribute to comprehensive P–3 approaches. You will strengthen your ability to effectively implement reforms — Common Core, Early Learning and Development Guidelines, teacher evaluations, WaKIDS and Early Achievers — in ways that benefit young children and education professionals. You will also learn innovative methods for engaging families, teachers and communities in strategically closing opportunity and achievement gaps as early as possible.


Elementary school and PreK-8 school principals and assistant principals, in partnership with early learning directors and program managers from Head Start, ECEAP, and public and private child care programs. Participants will be most successful when they enroll as a collaborative team that represents early learning and PreK–8 administrators.

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what you'll learn

  • Meaningful and effective change strategies for individual, organizational and system leadership
  • 11 core standards that guide comprehensive P-3 approaches, along with The Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches (Kristie Kauerz and Julia Coffman, 2013)
  • Strategies to establish a common language, collaborative vision and shared goals across diverse partners
  • Successful approaches to address issues of educational equity

Get Hands-On Experience

Participants will develop and implement a P–3 Action Research Project in their own district or community that focuses on improving the continuum of learning to close early opportunity and achievement gaps.

Approved for Professional Development 

This program is approved by Washington STARS online training and the Managed Education and Registry Information Tool (MERIT). Clock hours received from continuing education units (CEUs) are approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Choose From Noncredit and Credit Options

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 10 graduate-level credits. If you don’t plan to pursue a degree, choose the noncredit offering and earn CEUs. See Noncredit & Credit Options.

Learn More

For more information about this certificate program, see the program flyer.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Start Dates

Learning Formats


Courses in this program include both in-person classroom meetings and online instruction outside of class meeting times. Online lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system that also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. Online coursework can be completed wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to submit assignments by their due dates. You are required to attend all in-person meetings in order to successfully complete the program and earn credit or CEUs.


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

Not available for this program


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program