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Suwyn Family Public Lecture Series

October 23, 2017

Megan Bang was our keynote speaker for this year’s
Suwyn Family Public Lecture Series.

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About the Series

Learn more about this speaker series, its purpose, and its history.

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Past Speakers

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Undergraduate Programs


Change a child’s life through learning. Roam the sidelines of a major sporting event. Help an athlete get back on the field.

All our programs have a good mix of classroom hours and practicum or internship hours. In class you learn how to bring 21st century solutions to 21st century issues. Then, you get out in the field and you make a difference.

No matter what major you choose — or which WSU campus you call home — you’ll emerge ready to hit the ground running in the world of education, kinesiology, or sport. Our graduates make a difference in the communities where they serve.



Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology

Program requirements
For the major

Available on the following campuses


Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology

Program requirements
For the major

Available on the following campuses


Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology

Program advantages
For the major

Available on the following campuses


Teaching and Learning

Program requirements
For the major

Admission requirements
For the major

Available on the following campuses
Pullman • Tri-Cities • Vancouver

Contact us

Office of Undergraduate Education
316 Education Addition
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164
(509) 335-4855

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Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology

Welcome to the ELSSECP Department

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EFFECTIVE JULY 1, this department will be split into two separate departments:
  • Department of Educational Leadership and Sport Management
  • Department of Kinesiology and Educational Psychology
A message from our co-chairs

Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology. As you can guess from our name we are a dynamic department with multiple program offerings. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs. Our Pullman undergraduate programs include kinesiology (with options in athletic training and sport science) and sport management. Graduate programs include counseling psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association), educational leadership, educational psychology, and sport management. The doctoral program in educational leadership was the first statewide doctorate offered at WSU, and is a cohort-based program designed to meet the needs of emerging leaders across the state of Washington. Students can access the Ed.D. program from WSU-Spokane, TriCities, Vancouver, and Pullman. In addition to our degree programs in educational leadership, we offer field-based superintendent and principal certification programs as well.

We also offer a certificate in research methods that students can take as part of their degree program or to augment an existing degree area or for professional development.

The faculty in our department are some of the best in the world. Our faculty include some of the most outstanding scholars in their fields—which range from assessment to sports law to multicultural counseling—with many holding national and international leadership positions in their professional organizations. Research and scholarship are critical components of the department, and our students have many opportunities to collaborate with faculty in ongoing research.

The departmental mission is to address the needs of communities, individuals, and educational institutions in a diverse society through leadership, scholarship, collaboration, and professional practice.

Our faculty are eager to assist you with questions about future possibilities at WSU. I invite you to explore our site further and welcome the opportunity to visit with you in Pullman or to help you arrange a visit at one of our other campuses. For further information contact us at 509-335-9117 (undergraduate programs) or 509-335-9195 (graduate programs).


Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

The College of Education offers a limited number of teaching and/or research assistantships to graduate students each year. Assistantships are generally allocated for two years for masters students, and three years for doctoral students pending performance and appropriate funding. Assistantships are awarded for the academic year only, although summer assistantships are occasionally available. Additional research assistantships, funded by specific research projects, may also be available.

Students who desire an assistantship should complete an application and submit it along with their departmental application when seeking admission to the Graduate School. Students who are awarded an assistantship must be involved in full-time study. Full-time study is defined as a minimum of 10 semester hours during the spring or fall term, and three semester hours during the summer session. Generally, students may not hold other employment in or outside the university while holding an assistantship. The amount of time involved in assistantship responsibilities will vary. However, all are contractual agreements between the student and the academic department. The specific agreement will include a description of the time and responsibilities required.

The Office of Graduate Studies provides application information, record-keeping, and program assistance for prospective students and current students in all the College of Education graduate degree programs. The office is located in Cleveland Hall, room 252, on the Pullman campus.

To contact the coordinator, email
Cleveland Hall
Room 252
PO Box 642114
Pullman WA 99164-2114
(509) 335-7016 or 335-9195

GAship Applications

Organizational Structure

Leadership Team stand together for photo in front of Education Addition building.
The college leadership team met for its semi-annual retreat on August 23, 2018.

Michael S. Trevisan is the dean of the College of Education, and focuses upon maintaining and building upon its strengths and integrating its efforts with those of the University. His assistant is Stacy Mohondro.

Reporting to the dean

Additional dean’s office staff

College of Education

Office of the Dean
160 Cleveland Hall
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164
(509) 335-1738


Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan and Guiding Principles

The College of Education’s Strategic Plan and Guiding Principles includes its vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities.


We will be one of the nation’s preeminent colleges of education through innovation in research and discovery, teaching and learning, and responsive engagement.


We’re committed to our land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society. Our mission supports the larger WSU mission and is three-fold:

  • Advance knowledge through scholarly and applied research.
  • Develop globally-aware and culturally-competent students, leaders, educators, and scholars.
  • Enhance education, thus contributing to quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.


  • Integrity, Trust, and Respect: We are committed to an environment built on trust, respect, honesty, professional integrity, high expectations, courtesy, and compassion for others. We will do this by embracing inclusive and non-discriminatory practices in all we do.
  • Diversity: We are committed to fostering critical perspectives about social justice and diversity. This includes the genuine attempt of each of us individually to understand how diversity manifests itself.
  • Quality and Excellence: We are committed to providing quality and excellence in all our endeavors.
  • Stewardship and Accountability: We are committed to serving as ethical and responsible stewards of university resources. We own our goals and fulfill our commitments. We take responsibility for our actions and results.

Strategic Priorities

  • Global Perspective: We are committed to developing cultural competence, and understanding perspectives other than our own, through respectful communication and interaction with others.
  • Research: We are committed to conducting quality research, developing innovative research protocols, publishing in premier journals, and preparing students to engage in research.
  • Leadership Development: We are committed to developing professional and responsible future leaders.
  • Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): We are committed to developing improved STEM student and faculty pipelines, as well as conducting research in STEM areas.

To view as PDF: Strategic Plan and Guiding Principles

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