Kenneth Zeichner
Boeing Professor of Teacher Education


  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher development

Ken Zeichner is the Boeing professor of teacher education at the University of Washington. Formerly, he was the Hoefs-Bascom professor of teacher education and associate dean of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a faculty member from 1976 to 2009. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. In fall 2015, he was appointed a fellow in the National Educational Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. His work focuses on teacher education in the U.S. and internationally. His current research examines the role of philanthropy in shaping teacher education policies and practices, the nature and impact of different pathways and programs of teacher education, the role of local communities in contributing to the education of teachers, and the ways in which educational research has been misrepresented by policymakers and the media in debates about teacher education policy. Zeichner earned a doctorate from Syracuse University in 1976.