Department ofEducation

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to welcome you to the School of Education and Kinesiology and the Department of Education.  The School is accredited by the State of Washington and has been nationally accredited since 1955 by theNational Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our faculty members are deeply involved in the local community and are committed to the idea that their work as teachers and scholars must promote powerful learning in our candidates. As a result of this commitment, the School has gained a strong reputation in the state as a producer of quality educators who work within both local and regional communities as teachers, principals,superintendents, and state level policy makers.

As part of our mission, we have adopted five core values to guide and influence the purpose of our work.We strive for all of our candidates to develop high levels of competence, as we continually revise our curriculum and pedagogical approaches to reflect the latest demands within the field. We reflect the university's mission of care – in the world of professional education, this is operationalized by caring for all children, for the communities where we work,and for our nation's highest ideals. Care is further expressed in our commitment to differences –developing an understanding and approach to education that values all people regardless of their various affiliations. We believe that embracing these values will lead to high levels of leadership and, as a result, we focus on helping our students gain the skills and orientations to affect change within schools. Finally, we are committed to education as service – providing what is needed to individuals, families, and our communities.

We look forward to having you join our community and become part of our effort to contribute to the health and development of our schools.


Mike Hillis, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the School of Education and Kinesiology 

Mike Hicils