Certificate of Mastery
Philosophy for Children


The Center now offers a Certificate of Mastery in Philosophy for Children, 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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