Certificate of Mastery
Philosophy for Children


Information on the Center’s Certificate of Mastery in Philosophy for Children for University of Washington students is below. The Center is also considering the creation of an online Certificate in Philosophy for Children, and the University of Washington has developed a survey to determine interest in such an online program. Please complete this five-minute survey before October 9!


The Center’s Certificate of Mastery in Philosophy for Children is intended primarily for University of Washington graduate students interested in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully lead philosophy sessions in K-12 classrooms.


Certificate Requirements

  1. Completion of Phil 595 (Philosophical Inquiry in Schools) (5 credits)
  2. Completion of the following, after consultation with the certificate advisor:
    • At least two ETHICS or Philosophy Courses – Recommended Courses:
      • ETHICS 511 (especially advised for students with little or no philosophy background)
      • ETHICS 512 (especially advised for students with little or no philosophy background)
      • PHIL 406
      • PHIL 410
      • PHIL 412
      • PHIL 440
      • -OR- A 400- or 500-level philosophy course approved by the certificate advisor
    • At least two of the following Education Courses:
      • EDPSY 302 (through a 400-level independent study) Child Development and Learning
      • EDPSY 404 Adolescent Development
      • EDPSY 501 Human Learning and Educational Practice
      • EDPSY 502 Developmental Foundations of Early Learning (EDPSY501 is prerequisite)
      • EDSPE 503 Classroom Management for Elementary School Educators
      • EDLPS 520 Education as a Moral Endeavor
      • EDLPS 521 Philosophy of Education
      • EDLPS 530 History of Education in the US
      • EDLPS 538 Education for Liberatione
  3. A minimum of 40 hours in K-12 classrooms (observing, assisting, and/or facilitating philosophy sessions), at least half of which should be facilitating philosophy sessions as the lead instructor, and including successful evaluation from a trained philosophy facilitator to certify readiness to be a lead facilitator for philosophy sessions. Students can earn up to three credits for their work in classrooms through PHIL 584.
  4. A Capstone Experience, involving either completion of the Center’s annual June workshop or a talk given in the Philosophy Department, College of Education, or at a school or similar location, which must be approved by the certificate advisor, about the Certificate Candidate’s work in schools.

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