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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D)

While Ph.D. programs in education are admitted exclusively to the Pullman campus, select academic programs afford the opportunity for students to access classes and advising on the WSU Spokane campus.

Educational Leadership (K-12)

Department of Educational Leadership, Sports Studies and Educational/Counseling Psychology

The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program focuses on developing and applying theoretical and research knowledge and skills in the field of K-12 educational leadership. The program is recommended for students who intend to become professors and/or to conduct empirical research in other professional roles. All Ph.D. students are encouraged to focus their research on problems of practice in K-12 schools. The program of study for the Ph.D. requires a total of 72 semester hours, including at least 42 semester hours of graded course work and at least 24 semester hours of EdAd 800 for completion and defense of the doctoral dissertation. Please note, a one-year residency of full-time enrollment is required.

It is recommended that applicants interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in educational leadership on the Spokane campus request an interview with academic faculty prior to applying to the degree program, to ensure compatible research interests are available for advising.

Applicants to the Ph.D. in educational leadership must apply to the program through the Pullman campus, and should identify their intention to access classes in Spokane. As described in the handbook, Ph.D. applicants must submit departmental materials as part of the application packet.

Mathematics and Science Education

Department of Teaching & Learning

The Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education is designed to develop scholars capable of making important contributions to the research base, professional context, and learning environments related to mathematics and science education. Areas of emphases can include student learning, teacher education, professional development, curriculum, and technology throughout the PK-16 grade spectrum.

Requirements and application

Applicants must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited 4-year institution in a field related to education, science education,  or mathematics education with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  In addition, they must submit an online application to the Graduate School including a letter of intent, and three letters of recommendation, a writing sample and GRE scores.  GRE scores must be less than 7 years old.

In addition to familiarity with public school contexts and a rudimentary awareness of educational research, particularly in the context of mathematics or science education, incoming students are expected to have a strong foundation in mathematics or science. Typically, applicants have been prepared and licensed to teach science/mathematics in public schools at the K-12 level.

Applicants interested in Math/Science Ph.D. program in Spokane, must apply through the Pullman campus and indicate their intention to take classes in Spokane.

  • Application deadline for fall term is July 1; for spring term, November 1.

Coursework

The program is designed to contain a blend of foundational courses, research courses, mathematics and science education courses, as well as research experiences. The Ph.D. candidate can determine an individualized focus on mathematics, science, or cross-disciplinary study.

Math and Science Education PhD Application Process

Students are encouraged to apply before March 1 for Summer semester enrollment, May 1 for Fall enrollment, and October 15 for Spring enrollment.

STEP 1: Students submit all department application materials (see below) to the Pullman Office of Graduate Studies:

Office of Graduate Studies
College of Education
Washington State University
70 Cleveland Hall
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164-2114

  • Recommendation letter writers CANNOT be from WSU math/science education tenure-line faculty.
  • Student files with below minimum GRE scores will not be distributed for review.
  • Students will apply to the current PhD in Mathematics Education until the new PhD in Mathematics and Science Education is approved.

Application Materials Required:

  1. Cover sheet with specific information such as name, contact info, degree seeking w/emphasis Science or Math
  2. Letter of Interest
    a. Past experience in the field
    b. Future plans/goals
  3. Current Resume
  4. Transcripts
  5. GRE (w/at least score of 400/140 Q, 280 VW)
  6. Writing Sample (Master’s Thesis, published paper, other appropriate work)
  7. Three Letters of Reference
  8. Introductory Conversation (over phone or in person with at least one faculty member)
    a. Applicant has a chance to ask questions about program
    b. Faculty will ask about specific interests, goals, assistantships, etc.

For detailed information about the application process go to the following link (please note, you are navigating away from the WSU Spokane web pages.

education.wsu.edu/graduate/specializations/mathematics/mathematics_science.html

For information about applying to Ph.D. programs, contact:
Nick Sewell (509)335-7016, or
Jason Sievers, (509) 335-9195
gradstudies@wsu.edu

DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (Ed.D.)

The statewide Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program prepares transformational leaders to apply knowledge and inquiry to solving an array of complex problems facing education today. Program participants are part of a statewide learning community collaboratively drawing from theory, research, and experience —all framed within the concepts of justice, equity, and diversity -- to improve schools and promote the learning of all children.

The statewide Ed.D. offers strands in Educational Leadership, Teacher Leadership and Higher Education Administration, and boasts several unique features:

Statewide program delivery

Program participants can access courses and work with advisers through all of WSU’s campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities). Through careful sequencing of program offerings, participants at all campuses can work in local cohort groups and complete program requirements within a four- to five-year time frame.

A practitioner-scholar approach

Program content combines the best of both worlds—issues important to practicing school leaders and the scholarship that can help to analyze and address these issues. Program faculty blends the strengths of academic scholars and practitioners; while several faculty members are highly successful, experienced administrators, others are highly regarded academic scholars. Both contribute to the central purpose of the program, to prepare practitioner-scholars for leadership for school improvement.

Summer inquiry institutes

To augment the program offerings available at each campus, participants from around the state attend two-week summer institutes on the Pullman campus. These institutes help build a learning community and support network among the statewide cohort. Institute participants share their leadership experiences and challenges, plan collaborative inquiry around problems of practice, and benefit from working with a wider range of educational leadership faculty. The institute is designed to help students move toward completion

Program Components

The Program of Study for completion of the statewide Ed.D. requires a minimum of 72 semester hours, including at least 42 semester hours of graded coursework and at least 20 semester hours of EdAd 800—Dissertation Research. Up to 12 semester hours on the Program of Study may be transferred from other accredited programs, professional certificate programs, and/or from the student’s master’s degree, as approved by program faculty.

Shared program requirements

Program preparation for all strands includes six courses of advanced research, two foundations courses, and at least 20 credits of dissertation preparation credits. Program milestones include creating an individual Program of Study, taking a comprehensive preliminary exam of graded coursework, presenting a formal dissertation proposal, and ultimately engaging in an oral defense of the completed doctoral dissertation.

Core research preparation for all strands includes:

•           Educational Statistics
•           Principles of Research
•           Action Research
•           Qualitative Research
•           Quantitative Research
•           Dissertation Preparation

Core foundations preparation for all strands includes:

•           Values and Ethics for Educational Leaders
•           Race, Identity, and Representation in Education

Educational Leadership Strand

Designed for K-12 administrators, the Educational Leadership strand provides a balance and integration of practical experience, theory, and research to prepare scholar-practitioners at the elementary, high school, and school district levels.

Core program preparation includes study of:
•           School Organization and Administration
•           Leadership Studies
•           Policy Formation in Education
•           Instructional Leadership

Teacher Leadership Strand

Designed for K-16 teachers and teacher leaders, the Teacher Leadership strand prepares participants for intellectual leadership within classrooms, schools, districts, teaching colleges, and the larger educational policy arena.

Core program preparation includes study of:
•           Curriculum Theory
•           Leadership Studies
•           Research into Teaching
•           Philosophy of Education

Higher Education Administration Strand

The Higher Education Administration strand provides a balance and integration of practical experience, theory, and research and aims to prepare scholar-practitioners at the college and university level.

Core program preparation includes study of:
•           Introduction to Student Development Theory
•           History of Higher Education
•           Higher Education and the Law
•           Administration of Higher Education  

Application Process

Priority application deadline is January 10 for fall admission

The priority application deadline is January 10 each year, for fall semester start. Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the degree program.

For application instructions, please refer to the Checklist and Instructions for Admission Requirements provided with the application packet.

MASTER DEGREE IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Master’s degree options in educational leadership include the Master in Education (Ed.M.), a non-thesis degree designed for professional educators preparing for leadership positions in K-12 schools, and the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.), a thesis degree designed for professional educators who plan to subsequently pursue a research-based doctoral program.

WSU’s master’s degree programs in Educational Leadership have several unique features:

Statewide program delivery

Master’s degree students can access courses and work with advisers through all of WSU’s campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver).

A practitioner-scholar approach

Program content combines the best of both worlds—issues important to professional educators who are preparing for leadership positions in K-12 schools and the scholarship that can help to analyze and address these issues. The program faculty blends the strengths of academic scholars and experienced practitioners; while several faculty members are highly successful, experienced administrators, others are highly regarded academic scholars. Both contribute to the central purpose of the program, to prepare practitioner-scholars for leadership for school improvement.

Alignment with Certification Programs

WSU’s Educational Leadership master’s degree programs are closely aligned with the Principal and Program Administrator certification programs. All required graded courses for these certification programs can be applied to the master’s degree program of study. Course sequences are designed to permit students at any of WSU’s campuses to complete both the master’s degree and the principal or program administrator certification program within two or three years.

Master of Education degree (Ed.M.)

The Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership is a non-thesis degree program designed for professional educators preparing for leadership positions in K-12 schools. For the Ed.M. degree, the Program of Study requires a minimum of 35 semester hours, including at least 33 hours of graded coursework and 2 hours of EdAd 702 for completion of a master’s comprehensive examination.

Master of Arts degree (M.A.)

The Master of Arts Degree in Education is a thesis degree program designed for professional educators who plan to subsequently pursue a research-based doctoral program (Ph.D.). For the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree, the Program of Study requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, including at least 20 hours of graded coursework and 4 hours of EdAd 700 for completion and defense of the master’s thesis. The application process for the MA degree requires an interview to explore research interests with program faculty.

Application Process

Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the degree program.

Application deadlines:

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

For application instructions, please refer to the Checklist and Instructions for Admission Requirements provided with the application packet.

MASTERS DEGREES IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

The WSU College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning offers two master's degrees in Curriculum and Instruction on the Spokane campus. If you seek K-12 Teacher Certification as part of your graduate program, you must pursue the MIT. There is considerable flexibility to tailor a program of study to your individual educational and professional goals. Your unique program of study is developed in collaboration with your adviser and master’s degree committee.

Students may combine the Ed.M. in Curriculum and Instruction degree program with WSU endorsements offered in Spokane (Reading, Middle Level Math) or with an online endorsement programs (English Language Learner (ELL), Special Education, ProTEACH) available through WSU Global Campus.

Master of Education Degree (Ed.M.)

The Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree is designed for students wishing to extend their knowledge and skills in education, expand their content knowledge, and/or pursue leadership roles in schools and organizations/agencies. The Ed.M. degree program consists of a minimum of 35 credits, 33 of which must be graded course work.  A minimum of one, three-credit research course must be included in the 33 graded credits. A minimum of two credits of T&L 702 are required and usually involve research/scholarship activities associated with the special project and final oral examination.

Master of Arts Degree (M.A.)

The Master of Arts (MA) degree is designed for students who desire to study and explore educational research. The MA degree is well suited for those students wishing to eventually pursue a doctoral degree or a research/leadership role in schools or organizations/agencies. The MA degree program consists of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, 21 of which must be graded course work. Three research courses, three credits each, are a component of the 21 graded credits. Nine additional credits of T&L 700 (independent research work) are required and usually involve research/scholarship activities associated with the thesis and final oral examination.  The application process for the MA degree requires an interview to explore research interests with program faculty.

Alignment with Endorsement Programs

WSU Spokane’s Curriculum & Instruction master’s degree programs may be combined with teaching endorsements in English Language Learners, Middle Level Mathematics, or Reading.  Gradate courses for these endorsement programs may be applied to the master’s degree program of study.  Please note that adding an endorsement to your master’s degree program of study requires additional application materials. Contact Kelly LaGrutta (lagrutta@wsu.edu) for information about starting teaching endorsement programs.

Application Process

Please note that application is a multi-step process and often takes four to six weeks to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Steps to application:

  • Apply online to the WSU Graduate School for acceptance to the university.
  • Submit supplemental materials to the department for acceptance into the degree program.

Application deadlines:

  • November 1, last day to apply for spring semester (January start).
  • March 15, last day to apply for summer semester (May start)
  • June 15, last day to apply for fall semester (August start)

For application instructions, please refer to the Checklist and Instructions for Admission Requirements provided with the application packet.

MASTER IN TEACHING

Apply now for admission to the Master in Teaching (MIT) program. The next cohort starts summer session, June 2015. Applications are currently being accepted and are due November 14, 2014. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

The MIT program is for an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree in a field other than education and who wants to become a teacher. Students are selected through a careful screening process that seeks those who are not only academically capable but who are especially devoted to the education of children.

The degree is available through a full-time, cohort-based program. When you join the MIT program, you join a group of students who continue through the program together, providing a supportive learning environment.

The MIT program at Washington State University Spokane is an intensive, integrated course of study and field experiences (54 graduate credits in the elementary program and 50 graduate credits in the secondary progrm) that is completed in 12 months and provides: 

  • all coursework to meet the state of Washington K-8 certification; 
  • a Constructivist approach to teaching and learning; and
  • a range of diverse-learner experiences. 

This graduate degree is delivered from the Washington State University Pullman campus via live, interactive courses broadcast over the Academic Media System (AMS). Some instruction will be live in Spokane and your faculty advisor and clinical supervisor for your internships in the public schools will be Spokane faculty. 

Students begin their coursework in summer session, continue with classes and add pre-internship experiences at school sites during the fall semester, do their full-time student teaching (16-week internship) in the spring semester, and complete additional coursework the following summer. 

Effective teaching in today's schools requires that teachers draw upon students' social, cultural, linguistic, and academic strengths in the teaching and learning process. In order to accomplish this complex task, teachers must have an understanding of learners, learning and teaching, and be reflective in their practice.

Elementary MIT Application and Information Packet (WORD)

Secondary MIT Application and Information Packet (WORD)

Please note: The secondary MIT students should expect to travel to Pullman in order to complete methods and other classes that are not available in Spokane via interactive video conference programming.

For program information

Master in Teaching Program Coordinator
Leslie Hall, Ph.D.
ldhall@wsu.edu
Phone: (509) 358-7546

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Kelly LaGrutta
Academic Coordinator
lagrutta@wsu.edu