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: 9 months
  • Cost: TBD

Next start date:

September 2019

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About this Program

This program is currently undergoing revision to align with the next iteration of P-3 leadership principles and approaches. To be notified when more details become available, please contact Stacey Fontes to sign up for email updates.

In this 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'll strengthen your ability to effectively implement reforms in ways that benefit young children and education professionals. You'll 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 P–3 leadership development, see the National P–3 Center website.

Learning Format

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Enjoy a blend of in-person classes and online study. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the program, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Blended (Classroom + Online)