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Educational Leadership

Preparing Leaders to Improve Student Learning

The Educational Leadership Program at WSU Tri-Cities offers aspiring leaders a variety of graduate education programs appropriate for leaders at every stage of their career — from classroom teachers seeking new leadership roles to practicing administrators seeking professional development.

The Ed.M. is a non-thesis program for K-12 educational professionals. Course schedules allow full-time students to complete the Ed.M. degree in approximately two years. The program delivers the world-class instruction you expect from a major university with small classes and personalized attention only available at an urban campus. Students have the option of taking courses in a variety of instructional formats delivered through the Statewide Educational Leadership Program. All classes are offered on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

Unique program features include:

  • A flexible program that supports students in a diverse, professional learning community
  • Full-time faculty who are recognized as leading practitioners and scholars in the field of education
  • Small-classes designed to provide personalized instruction and individualized mentoring
  • Classes offered at convenient times and in formats that support working professionals
  • Courses that can be used toward completion of the Statewide Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Meet Lindsay…

Lindsay Lightner’s teaching career and experience in education has taken her all over the country, and even across the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom. In all those years in education, what fascinated her most were the possibilities for exploring teaching styles and innovative strategies in education and helping students from all backgrounds succeed in the field she has dedicated her life to. Lightner is now pursuing a Ph.D. through the mathematics and science education doctoral program at WSU Tri-Cities. Read more…

Admission to the Educational Leadership Masters degree specialization at Washington State University involves application and acceptance into both the WSU Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership, Sports Studies, and Educational Counseling Psychology.

The following items must be submitted directly to the WSU Graduate School in addition to the online application:

  • $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of your professional objectives and how you feel they will be promoted by admission to the program to which you are applying
  • Current résumé or vita

The following items must be submitted directly to Helen Berry in West 207A or at

  • EdM in Educational Leadership Departmental Application
  • Copies of currently held certificates

All applicants to the Educational Leadership Program must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the last sixty (60) semester hours of graded undergraduate course work or twelve (12) credits of graduate study. The Graduate Record Examination is NOT REQUIRED for the master’s degree and credential programs.

Requirements may vary for the degree and credential programs. Detailed information is available from Helen Berry, 509-372-7394,

A Master’s degree is required for Principal and Program Administrator Certification. Five additional courses (15 semester hours) beyond the certification program and a comprehensive written examination are required for completion of the Master of Education degree (Ed.M.) at WSU.

Educational Leadership Coursework

Requirements vary for the degree and credential programs. Detailed information is available from Helen Berry, 509-372-7394,

  • Program handbooks, documents & forms

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership is the most prestigious statewide program for K-12 leaders. This is a statewide, cohort-based program to improve schools and promote the learning of all children.

The Ed.D. is designed for students whose primary interest is leadership practice in K-12 schools or related organizations. Participants are part of a learning community dedicated to improving schools and promoting the learning of all children.

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