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College of Education

Education, Academic

Office of Graduate Education

Grad school is an investment that pays dividends!

We realize you’ll be investing time, money, emotions… and sometimes sleep.
We’re here to help you thrive!


Please find links to the degrees we offer, forms & deadlines for current students, apply page with application checklists and supplemental applications, graduate research courses and the College of Education’s Graduate Certificate offerings.

Master and Doctoral Defenses





Current Students

Forms and Deadlines


Graduate Certificates


Graduate Research Courses


Post Graduate School Survey


Our Graduate Leadership

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 practical experience through practicum or internship. 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 will 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.




Athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and medical illnesses.  They also develop and implement rehabilitation program for injured patients.  Athletic trainers are usually one of the first healthcare providers on the scene when injuries occur on the field.  They also work in healthcare facilities, including physician offices, industrial clinics and in hospitals.  WSU’s athletic training program has been accredited since 1974 by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.  The 5 year professional program includes a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Master of Athletic Training, along with a minimum of 2,000+ hours of clinical education.  This program provides opportunities to gain experiences with Division- I Athletics in the training facilities of a Pac-12 athletic institution, along with local high schools, physical therapy clinics, general medical clinics and other collegiate facilities.

Program requirements
For the major

Available on the following campuses


A degree in sport management provides students with essential theoretical and empirical knowledge, professional skills, learning experiences, and academic support needed to succeed in this professional field. Faculty share their knowledge in management, marketing, communication, finance, law and other fields, and unpack for students how they apply to sport. Coursework in business administration and communication enriches students’ knowledge and experience. The curriculum includes 180 hours of practicum experience, and a final internship places students in the field to prepare them for careers within the sport and recreation industry.

This degree prepares students to be leaders in a dynamic and rapidly changing industry. Graduates pursue careers in professional sport, intercollegiate athletics, campus and community recreation, private organizations and facilities, and other areas still. Professional placements include positions in management, marketing, fundraising, sales, communication, equipment and operations management, recreation programs, and other areas still.

Program requirements
For the major

Available on the following campuses


The kinesiology degree allows students to generate, interpret, disseminate, and apply kinesiology discipline knowledge across a variety of contexts in order to enhance health, productivity, and quality of life. Coursework includes anatomy, philosophy, psychology, physiology, biomechanics, and motor development and control. The curriculum provides practical, hands-on opportunities for students to work with diverse populations, through practicum and internship. Students have enhanced learning opportunities with access to world-class research labs and innovative teaching methods. Students gain skills and knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of professional positions, certifications, and post-graduate work associated with kinesiology.

Graduates have gone on to work in recreation and sport programs for youth, senior citizens, and other special populations, as well as with corporate health, health clubs, clinical and industrial health care, and wellness programs. Graduates are also well prepared for advanced education leading to physical therapy, occupational therapy, coaching, medicine, or other kinesiology sub-disciplines.

Program requirements
For the major

Available on the following campuses


Our curriculum will give you the best start possible to being an effective K-12 teacher. Successful completion of our teacher education program leads to Washington teacher certification. We give our students the chance for supervised classroom experience through 200 hours of practicums and a full semester of student teaching. We facilitate access to classroom teaching opportunities in every region of Washington, as well as in English-speaking schools overseas. We maintain strong professional connections through professors who collaborate with more than 130 school districts.

Students who plan to teach in grades K-8 will pursue an endorsement in elementary education. Students who plan to teach specific subjects (such as high school history or music), will complete a major in that area of expertise, and will choose the teacher preparation option. Want to change the world? Be a teacher!

Program requirements
For the major

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


Available on the following campuses


Contact us

Office of Undergraduate Student Services
316 Education Addition and Smith Gym 112
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164
(509) 335-4855


Helpful Info




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 Alanna Ellis.

Reporting to the dean

  • Phyllis Erdman, Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs. Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Educational Psychology.
  • Sola Adesope, Associate Dean, Research and External Funding
  • Tariq Akmal, Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Amir Gilmore, Associate Dean – Equity and Inclusion (student success and retention)
  • Katherine Rodela, Associate Dean – Equity and Inclusion (faculty and staff development)
  • Sharon Kruse, Academic Director, WSU Vancouver. Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Sport Management.
  • Academic Director, WSU Spokane  [CURRENTLY VACANT]
  • Judy Morrison, Academic Director, WSU Tri-Cities
  • C. Brandon Chapman, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Jennifer Dean, Senior Director of Development
  • Beverly Rhoades, Director of Finance and Administration

Additional dean’s office staff

College of Education

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

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(Last updated February 19, 2021)

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

Full plan with addendum [COE Employees only]