WSU College of Education Teaching & Learning

Welcome and overview

Tariq Akmal and Darcy Miller

Darcy Miller, Chair

Tariq Akmal, Assistant Chair and Director of Teacher Education

Welcome! We hope you enjoy exploring what the WSU Department of Teaching & Learning has to offer.

Our mission is to advance knowledge and ethical practice in the field of education. We do so through collaboration among universities, schools, families, and local, regional and global communities in a manner that reflects the ideals of democracy, social justice, and ecological sustainability.

We offer academic programs at four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver), extending our university's land-grant mission across the state. Formats and availability of programs differ across campuses. For detailed requirements relating to our undergraduate degree programs, specializations and certifications, please visit our Office of Student Services & Certification; for graduate programs visit our Office of Graduate Studies.

In brief, we offer teacher certification in elementary education (bachelor of arts in education, master in teaching) and secondary education (degree from major plus certification, master in teaching), and additional endorsements. We also offer professional certification, as well as a master of education (Ed.M.)and master of arts in education (M.A.) degrees. At the doctoral level, we offer one Pullman-based degree: the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in education with specializations in cultural studies and social thought in education, language and literacy education, and special education.

The research of our faculty contributes knowledge to our undergraduate and graduate programs and to the field of education in general.Our programs rely heavily on research-based, theoretical frameworks and the close connections we maintain with classroom teachers and other practitioners. We stress active engagement, critical problem-solving, and equity/fairness for all learners.

When our students complete their course work, we expect them to have certain skills, abilities, and knowledge. We call these learning outcomes.

We are proud of our programs and would welcome the opportunity to discuss them more fully with you. Please consider visiting one or more of our campuses.Meet with faculty and student services staff to determine if one of our programs matches your educational and career goals.For more information on teacher certification, please e-mail us at