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Washington State University
College of Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

Welcome to the
Department of
Teaching & Learning

Tariq Akmal

Tariq Akmal

Tariq Akmal

Tariq Akmal

A message from our chair, Dr. Tariq Akmal

Teaching can be one of the most rewarding careers a person can have. Indeed, many – if not most – teachers don’t merely consider it a career, but a calling. A calling that can positively change lives.

Our job is to take that passion and help refine it. It’s a preparation process we know works. It’s one that focuses on advancing knowledge and ethical practice in the education field.

We do all this through collaboration with other universities, schools, families, and local, regional and global communities. We do it in a manner that reflects the ideals of democracy, social justice, and ecological sustainability. We do it in a manner consistent with our mission as a land-grant university.

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 this research, and the close connections we maintain with classroom teachers and other practitioners can’t be matched. 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