Karen McConnell


Welcome to the School of Education and Kinesiology. Working as a professional unit firmly embedded within the liberal arts tradition of PLU, the School of Education and Kinesiology prepares future educators, practitioners and leaders who positively impact the world around them.  As a School we strive to create evidence based practitioners through an education that is grounded in theoretical and contemporary knowledge and that engages students through immersive, experiential learning experiences.

The School is comprised of two strong departments, Education and Kinesiology. Education at PLU is defined by rigorous academics coupled with early and on-going field experiences.  It includes both undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can lead to initial teaching certification.  As a department, Education seeks interactive, collaborative partnerships between students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the business and social community as it strives to provide the most relevant and meaningful programming possible.  In addition, the Department is committed to lifelong learning for alumni and all educators through offerings in the Partnership and Professional Development program.

Kinesiology programs are designed to provide quality academic professional preparation for undergraduate students in areas related to the study of human movement, especially as it supports the pursuit of lifelong physical activity and well-being. Specifically, Kinesiology offers programs in health & fitness education, recreation, exercise science, pre-physical therapy, pre-athletic training and health & fitness promotion. These programs serve to prepare future leaders who will positively impact the health behaviors of individuals and of society through the education and promotion of life-sustaining and life-enhancing pursuits.

If you are interested in joining a dynamic, engaged learning community with a focus on serving and leading others we encourage you to explore our web pages and reach out if you have any further questions.


Karen McConnell, Ph.D., CHES

Dean, School of Education & Kinesiology