Master of Education (MEd) in Digital Education Leadership

Shape the future. Change the world.

As more and more children enter school with the ability to operate technology, you recognize the need to integrate emerging technologies in the classroom—you strive to embrace it from an instructional perspective and apply it as a platform to share ideas and best practices. Ready to learn from proficient faculty members and expert practitioners in the field?

At a Glance

  • check mark icon Upcoming Application Deadline 8/15/2020 for Autumn Quarter
  • check mark icon Accreditation - Association of American Colleges and Universities
    - American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • check mark icon Expected Time to Completion 20+ months
  • check mark icon Format Designed for working professionals; all courses in this program are online, with weekly real-time web conferences; cohort model
  • check mark icon Credits to Graduate 45

Program Overview


Seattle Pacific was founded more than 120 years ago, and the University has been preparing some of the most sought-after educators in the region for more than 90 years. Today, entrance to School of Education graduate programs is highly competitive. Faculty members – each teaching his or her own courses and each holding a doctorate – have worked to develop rigorous programs of quality.

The School of Education at Seattle Pacific University offers more than a dozen graduate programs. You can choose from three doctoral programs, seven master’s degree programs, and five certification programs, all of which focus on developing competence, character, leadership, and service in educators. While many students train to become teachers, others prepare for roles as school counselors, principals, superintendents, district office personnel, or professors in higher education. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington is strong, and students who complete our graduate degree and certificate programs enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.

Why Seattle Pacific for your MEd in Digital Education Leadership?

The Master of Education (MEd) degree in Digital Education Leadership provides you with the tools and knowledge needed to make the most of educational technology. Apply knowledge and skills learned in this master’s program in your own classroom, or support other educators and administrators as a digital learning specialist. SPU’s Digital Education Leadership program is aligned with ISTE standards for coaches, as well as relevant NETP goals and recommendations. This 45-credit program offers FREE open educational resources (OERs) for course content, eliminating the high cost of textbooks. Free open software is used whenever possible, and you can implement similar software in your own school. In addition, the MEd in Digital Education Leadership allows you to seamlessly transition to the Doctor of Education (EdD) program and use all credits earned in the master’s degree to fulfill the elective requirements of the EdD program.

  1. Accomplished Faculty

    Expert, caring faculty have a desire to help students succeed. Faculty are known for mentoring their students during and following their educational programs. These professors model lifelong learning through scholarly activities of their own, publishing frequently, and presenting at professional conferences.

  2. AACU Accreditation

    Seattle Pacific is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. SPU certification programs are approved by the Washington state Professional Educator Standards Board. The School of Education is also a member of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, and has a chapter, Sigma Phi Upsilon, of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling.

  3. Deep Ethics Emphasis

    Built on an ethical foundation, the graduate programs at SPU offer first-class education through the lens of Christian faith and values. Students take ethics courses, and ethical issues are integrated throughout the curriculum.

  4. Flexible Format

    Designed for working professionals, all courses in this program are online, with weekly real-time web conferences. It is designed using a cohort model, with a new cohort beginning every Autumn Quarter.   

  5. Connected Alumni

    School of Education graduates move on to purposeful careers at local companies, businesses and schools. When you obtain a graduate degree from SPU’s School of Education, you join a community of alumni who stay connected. 

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You may complete the 45-credit program in seven or eight quarters. It is designed using a cohort model, with a new cohort beginning each Autumn Quarter. Course requirements include seven 5-credit courses, taken sequentially, and six 1-credit elective courses. To finish in 20 months, you may apply to take the 3-credit practicum early.


Course Listings Autumn I
  • EDTC 6100 Leadership in Digital Education Orientation (1)
  • EDTC 6101 Values, Ethics, and Foundations in Digital Education (5)
Winter I
  • EDTC 6102 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment I (5)
Spring I
  • EDTC 6103 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment II (5)
Summer I
  • EDTC 6104 Digital Learning Environments (5)
Autumn II
  • EDTC 6105 Educational Technology Leadership (5)
Winter II
  • EDTC 6106 Professional Development and Program Evaluation (5)
Spring II
  • EDTC 6107 Capstone: Content Knowledge and Professional Growth (5)
  • EDTC 6108 Leadership in Digital Education Practicum (3)
Elective Component

The cohort model program includes a total of six required elective credits, offered through the Center for Professional Education and tailored to your interests. Possible options include the following:

  • Virtual labs
  • Wearable technology
  • Blended learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • BYOD ("bring your own device")
  • Computational thinking
  • Robotics
  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile learning
  • Tablet computing
  • MOOCs
  • Open content
  • Learning analytics
  • Gamification of education
  • 3D printing

Professional Certification

Students may also choose to complete Washington state Professional Certification through the Center for Professional Development to fulfill part of their elective requirements. 

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Robin Henrikson

Robin Henrikson

Assistant Professor; Director of Assessment

Phone: 206-281-2186
Office: Peterson Hall 405

David Wicks

Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
EdD, Seattle Pacific University

Phone: 206-281-2367
Office: Peterson Hall 411

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Before applying for aid, you must first be admitted to a graduate program. Make sure you:

  • Enroll in at least 3 credits (or half-time) toward a degree or eligible certificate each quarter.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

You may take advantage of scholarships and loans. SPU does not have a deadline for graduate financial aid, though earlier is always better than later! Learn more about the FAFSA and applying for financial help.


Find out more about administrative and other School of Education program fees.


The Martinez Fellowship Program was established by Holli and Edgar Martinez in 2008. It is managed by the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) and supports teachers of color through their graduate level of school, early career coaching, and ongoing professional development. The Martinez Fellowship is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by improving teacher diversity and the retention of teachers of color in Washington State. To be eligible for the Martinez Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be admitted to one of SPU’s graduate teacher-preparation programs.
  • Identify ethnicity as a person of color (other than Caucasian).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice.
  • Be willing to sign a contract agreeing to (1) teach for 3 years in a Washington public school (preferably in a diverse high-needs school) and (2) participate in program professional-development opportunities.
  • Experience with school-age youth, education, youth development, social services, or related field.
  • Demonstrate financial need (preferred).

Applications are due April 12 each year. Learn more.

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Continuing Education

To meet the changing needs of adult learners, Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of programs and courses to meet the needs of today's professionals. With competitive credit and program rates, these personal and professional development opportunities make lifelong learning very affordable. As the largest provider of continuing education credits for teachers in Washington State, SPU's Center for Professional Education is focused on the current needs of K-12 educators.

Courses taken for credit and numbered at the 5000 level are graduate-level courses and are designed primarily with the needs of teachers and other professionals in mind for the purpose of meeting certification, endorsement, district pay lane requirements and other professional needs. These Graduate-level courses may be considered to meet elective requirements in some cases.

Still have questions? Review FAQs.

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Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.


Applicants must submit the following items:

  • Application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Official transcript documenting bachelor's degree (including official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended).
    • Note: To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Transcripts may be delivered to Graduate Admissions as long as they remain in their original, unopened university envelope. Electronic transcripts received via eSCRIP-SAFE or Parchment Exchange are also acceptable.
    • If your degree is not from a US college or university, please arrange for your transcript to be evaluated by an accredited transcript-evaluation company, such as FIS or WES. Have the report forwarded directly to Graduate Admissions.
  • Present a GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) in the last 45 quarter credits of coursework completed.*
  • Two letters of recommendation. These letters should provide a current assessment of qualifications relative to past and future service in the professional setting and capability for graduate study. Recommendations should come from present principals, supervisors, colleagues, or former professors.
  • A personal statement. Applicants are to submit a one- to two-page Word document (or PDF) that includes a statement of personal academic and professional goals.
  • A professional résumé or CV.

*The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) will be required if GPA is less than 3.0. On the GRE, preferred minimum scores of Verbal: 148 and Quantitative: 147. On the MAT, preferred minimum scaled score of 400.


Early Action: May 1 
Final deadline: August 1


Contact Graduate Admissions at 800-601-0603 or

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Frequently asked questions

How selective is admission to the SPU School of Education graduate degree programs?

This varies by program. Admission to some programs, such as the Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (MTMS), Alternative Routes to Certification (ARC), and MEd in School Counseling, is very competitive. Admission to each of SPU's graduate programs in education is standards-based, and all applicants must meet all standards for admission.

Can I continue to work while enrolled in a graduate degree program in the SPU School of Education?

Yes, in most cases. Most of the graduate degree programs offered by the School of Education are part-time programs, with classes offered in a variety of worker-friendly venues. Education graduate courses are scheduled at SPU or off campus, in the evenings, occasionally on Saturdays, and during the summer.

The Alternative Routes to Certification/MA in Teaching (ARC/MAT) and Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (MTMS) programs are exceptions. They are one-year full-time programs due to their full-time internships.

Is it possible to complete a graduate degree from SPU's School of Education online?

Students living outside the Puget Sound area may be able to participate in the ARC-Online or MTMS-Online program. Please review the program pages to see if you are eligible.

Is a graduate program at SPU more expensive than comparable education programs at other universities?

SPU's graduate tuition rates are competitive with other accredited universities in Washington.

How does a graduate degree or graduate certificate from SPU compare with a similar degree or certificate from other universities?

SPU's School of Education has been offering a wide range of fully accredited master's and doctoral degrees in addition to graduate certificates for more than 20 years. SPU's reputation in P–12 education in Washington is strong, and students who complete our graduate degree and certificate programs enjoy a higher rate of employment than the state's average.

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