Department ofEducation

Graduate Program Admission Information

Application Deadlines

Admission into the School of Education and Kinesiology Graduate programs are done on a rolling basis.  We have three priority deadlines that we encourage students to use:

  • November 20
  • January 15 *last deadline for scholarships and fellowships*
  • March 7th

Minimum Admission Requirements 

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • A passing score on all three sections of the WEST-B (WA Education Skills Test Basic).   Or equivalent SAT/ACT scores.  
    • Math: SAT 515, ACT 22
    • Reading: SAT 500, ACT 22
    • Writing: SAT 490, ACT 8

How to apply:


Create your application account using our online application. Write down your username and password, this will allow you to come back at a later time to work on your application and check on your references.

Pay the $40 application fee via the online application (it will require that you pay the fee in order to submit the application).

Indicate 2 references on your online application. They will be sent an email prompted to fill out a form and upload a letter in support of your application. At least one of these letters should specifically speak to your experience working with young people. You can manage the references (change or re-send to recommenders) via the online application portal.

Upload Resume: Submit a resume that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements; honors; and awards. You can also do this later via email to

Upload Application essay: Submit written essay identifying and discussing three values that will guide your educational practice. It should be between 500 and 750 words, double spaced, 12 point font. You also do this later via email to

Send official transcripts: Have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution from all colleges and universities attended (whether you earned a  degree or not) to Graduate Programs. For official electronic transcripts, have them sent to For physical transcripts, have them mailed to Graduate Programs, PLU, 12180 Park Ave. S.. Tacoma, WA 98447

Schedule to take the WEST-B and arrange for test results to be sent to PLU (the PLU code is 225) or if your SAT scores qualify you for a waiver, have your official SAT scores sent to PLU. You do not need to take the test before you begin your application, but you MUST take and pass the test before being admitted into the program. More information about the WEST-B:

**The WEST-E / NES is not required to apply, but will be required as a condition for full admission.

Interview by invitation

Important notes:

  • You must complete any missing content coursework before starting your student teaching internship in the fall.

  • Once you apply, your transcripts will be reviewed for meeting endorsement requirements. We can use unofficial transcripts for this purpose, but your application will not be considered compete until we receive all official transcripts.