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Washington State University
College of Education

Department of Educational Leadership and Sport Management

Welcome to the ELSM Department

Programs that are part of this department

Sport Management

Educational Leadership*

Sport Management*

* Denotes graduate-level program

A message from our chair, Katherine Rodela

High quality leadership and management matters.  

Leadership and management matter because when done right organizations, schools, districts, and businesses thrive. The people who work in these organizations feel a sense of purpose and pride in being part of that effort, and making an impact on the people and communities they serve. 

In the Department of Educational Leadership and Sport Management, we prepare leaders in education and sport, who are ready to meet the challenges of leading complex organizations for the greater good. We provide our students the necessary knowledge and skills so that they are well prepared for the world beyond the classroom and university—to become great school principals, superintendents, and managers and leaders in private and public organizations and businesses in the fields of sport, leisure, and recreation.  

Our faculty is committed to providing engaging classroom experiences that ready our students to lead schools and sport organizations. In each program, students get hands-on training for their future careers by completing an internship and/or a research project. These opportunities allow them to experience the workplace and apply their classroom learning to real-life work experiences. 

The department offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in Sport Management, and administrative certification, master’s, and doctoral programs in Educational Leadership 

Graduates from our department can be found making a difference across the U.S. and world. Alumni from our Sport Management programs lead national, regional, and local sports teams and organizations. Graduates from our Educational Leadership programs can be found working in school districts and higher education institutions across the state and region. No matter the venue, our graduates succeed at what they set out to do and make a difference! 

Please reach out to one of our excellent advising staff or one of our faculty to learn more about what the Department of Educational Leadership and Sport Management has to offer you!