Educational Leadership

Preparing Leaders to Improve Student Learning

The Educational Leadership specialization 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.

This specialization is offered at both the master’s (Ed.M.) and doctoral (Ed.D.) levels, as well as administrator certification programs for principals, superintendents, and program administrators at one of the nation’s leading land-grant research universities. The Educational Leadership specialization serves educators throughout Washington State with program offerings at all WSU campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver). The program provides a balance of practical experience, research, and theory to prepare practitioner-scholars for leadership positions or for continued study and research in the field of Educational Leadership.

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.)

Master of Education (Ed.M.)

Program overview

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.

Program admission

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 hberry@wsu.edu:

+Ed.M. 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, hberry@wsu.edu.

 

NOTE: 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.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Program overview

The Ed.D. 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.

This program 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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Program admission

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 hberry@wsu.edu:

+Ed.D. 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 admission to the Ed.D. program.

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

 

NOTE: Admission to the Educational Leadership Doctorare 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.

Administrator Certification Programs

The Field-Based Principal and Field-Based Superintendent programs at WSU Tri-Cities balance practical experience, theory and research to help you prepare for leadership in the world of educaiton.

Administrative program plus Ed.M.

A Master’s degree is required for Principal and Program Administrator Certification. We offer the Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree in conjunction with our Administrative Credential program for those students who still need their master’s degree. Adding the master’s degree requires additional coursework as well as a comprehensive written examination

Field-Based Principal Certification

This innovative, streamlined program offers you the best possible training for the principalship, as well as a network of colleagues and mentors who will help you. This program was designed by an Advisory Committee of working administrators and scholars, is taught by highly successful administrators and WSU faculty. Thus, the WSU Tri-Cities Educational Leadership Program offers the best of both worlds: current, practical knowledge and skills along with high-quality academic courses.

Field-Based Superintendent Certification

The program is based upon a two-year internship completed in conjunction with a series of 16 weekend seminars held at various locations around the state. These monthly seminars provide an opportunity for interaction between program participants, faculty, and a variety of guest speakers with expertise in relevant leadership positions. WSU faculty provide background in traditional leadership content areas and relevant educational research. An electronic network also provides a venue for continuous learning activities and discussions. The program is based at WSU Spokane with classes available at WSU Tri-Cities. Learn more.

Application process

For more information about the program, deadlines and admission requirements, contact the academic coordinator, Helen Berry at hberry@wsu.edu or 509-372-7394.

Meet our faculty

Shannon Calderone
Shannon CalderoneAssistant ProfessorFLOYD 207Q509-372-7345Shannon Calderone, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. in  Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research interests include looking at how schools and school leaders can better support college going and college readiness for low-income, first-generation student populations and their families.  Her most recent research has focused on social trust as a factor in school-family support, student debt aversion, financial literacy, and family financial labor as points of insight into the impact of college costs on perceptions of opportunity for high, middle, and low-income families. Learn more.
Kathleen Cowin
Kathleen CowinEducational Leadership, Clinical Associate ProfessorFloyd 207X509-372-7107Kathleen Cowin (2006), Clinical Associate Professor, received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. Dr. Cowin joined the WSU Tri-Cities faculty from Oregon State University. Her research interests include reflective practice, and the formation of mentoring relationships between educational leader candidates and their mentors. Learn more.
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