College of Education


Theory and Practice

The College of Education at Washington State University Tri-Cities provides academic degree programs at undergraduate and graduate levels. A degree from the College of Education will set you on course for careers such as teaching, educational administration, and other professions in the field of education.

K-12 STEM Education is a signature program of WSU Tri-Cities. This emphasis toward fostering high levels of competency in the STEM areas can be seen in many of the Education degree programs.

Whether you’re working toward a bachelor’s degree or focusing on an advanced degree, you’ll find dynamic and engaging classroom and research experiences with faculty who are invested in your success.


Conceptual Framework

The College of Education contributes to the theory and practice of the broad field of education, and dedicates itself to understanding and respecting learners in diverse cultural contexts. We facilitate engaged learning and ethical leadership in schools and clinical settings. We seek collaboration with diverse constituencies, recognizing our local and global responsibilities to communities, environments, and future generations.


Alternate Route

The College of Education at WSU Tri-Cities was awarded a grant from the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board to develop an alternative route for paraeducators to earn bachelor’s degrees in elementary education in two years at WSU Tri-Cities.

The $784,000 grant, combined with $8,000 state scholarships for each student and additional financial aid, this will fund the cost for 28 students for two years. The paraeducators will be selected by the Pasco, Richland, Kennewick, Prosser and Grandview school districts. To qualify, a student must possess a transferable associate’s degree. After graduation, each will be required to teach in the state of Washington for two years.


$1.5M NSF Grant Funds Project to Teach Real-World Math

Amy Roth McDuffie, professor of mathematics education, is part of a project awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to teach mathematical modeling in elementary school as it applies to real-world cultural and community contexts. The goal is to determine strategies that teachers across the nation may use in their own classrooms.

“We are connecting math to kids’ own community and culture so they can use it to make sense of their world,” said Dr. Roth McDuffie. “It’s not enough that they answer a math problem. It is the whole process of problem solving that is important.” Learn more…

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