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Master of Education

Pursue Your Passion

Earning an advanced degree at WSU Tri-Cities will add personal and professional value to your life. This is your chance to help build a better word through research projects with world-renowned faculty and to increase your learning potential.
Yuliya Ardasheva

Meet Dr. Ardasheva

Yulia Ardasheva, Assistant Professor in ESL/Bilingual Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is the 2016 recipient of the MLK Distinguished Service Award in the Faculty Category. She was recognized for  her work in advancing the opportunity for underrepresented students to access education. Read more…

Admission to the Teaching and Learning Masters programs at Washington State University involves application and acceptance into both the WSU Graduate School and the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Apply online through the WSU Graduate School and include the following information:

  • $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A letter of intent stating the reason for pursing a graduate degree
  • Current résumé or vita

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

  • TCH_LRN Graduate Program Supplemental Information Form
  • Copies of currently held certificate

The non-thesis Ed.M. degree with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction focuses on advancing teachers’ or other professionals’ depth of knowledge in K-12 education. Candidates can opt for either a general emphasis encompassing core curricular areas or choose to focus on WSU Tri-Cities’ signature science and mathematics education program. The required coursework emphasizes both theoretical and practical issues in K-12 curriculum and instruction. The specialization in Curriculum and Instruction does not lead to an endorsement.

Judy Morrison
Judy MorrisonCollege of Education, Associate Professor Teaching & LearningFloyd 207U509-372-7176

Program Description

The non-thesis Ed.M. degree with a specialization in ELL/Bilingual Education focuses on developing teachers’ or other professionals’ knowledge and skills in working with culturally diverse students and communities. The required coursework emphasizes both theoretical and practical issues concerning language policies, second language acquisition, cultivating relationships with diverse communities and households, and the implementation of linguistically appropriate classroom teaching techniques. Candidates for the Ed.M. with a specialization in ELL/Bilingual Education may also choose to complete the required coursework for an endorsement in English Language Learners (ELL) and Bilingual Education (BLE) (see below).

ELL and BLE endorsements

The endorsement is added to an existing valid teaching certificate. With it, you can teach English language learners in preschool through grade 12, be more effective with English language learners in the regular classroom, or be a consulting teacher to assist other educators in effectively meeting the needs of English language learners. The ELL endorsement consists of 18 semester hours. The bilingual education endorsement includes successfully completing TCH_LRN 411: Bilingual Methods and Materials across Content Areas and the 18 semester hours for the ELL endorsement. Note that the endorsement requires a practicum in an educational setting where you work with linguistically diverse students (TCH_LRN 501).

Eric Johnson
Eric JohnsonAssociate ProfessorFloyd 207W509-372-7304

The Ed.M. degree with a specialization in Literacy Education is an innovative program for teachers seeking to add a reading endorsement to their certificate or to deepen their research-based knowledge to inform their teaching. Teachers can choose a broad program that focuses on the breadth of the language arts with courses in reading, writing, and children’s and young adult literature; or they can choose a narrower focus with courses primarily in reading or children’s and young adult literature.

Sarah Newcomer
Sarah NewcomerCollege of Education, Assistant Professor, Teaching & LearningFloyd 207Y509-372-7170
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