Welcome to the Department of Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership 

Whether you’re just starting your journey toward becoming an educator or seeking to advance your career, CSEL is here to provide the knowledge, support, and inspiration you need to achieve your educational aspirations.

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We are dedicated to guiding and supporting you on every step of your journey to become a certified educator in Washington State. Our goal is to equip aspiring teachers, such as yourselves, with the knowledge, skills, and practical experiences needed to excel in the classroom.

About CSEL

As you explore the fascinating fields of curriculum, supervision, and educational leadership, you are embarking on a journey.

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As an undergraduate student studying curriculum, supervision, and educational leadership, you are embarking on a journey.

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Graduate Programs

Learn more about the CSEL graduate programs today.

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Certificate Programs

Learn about the different CSEL certificate programs for both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Why Study Education at CWU?

Our department supports foundational courses needed to meet the academic requirements for certification through the Secondary Education major as well as background in instructional pedagogy. We also provide the opportunity for career advancement and an Alternative Route to Teaching program if you already have a bachelor's degree and want to get certified to become an educator in Washington State.  

So, whether you are looking to become a new teacher or boost your current career, learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the CWU Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact the Academic Advising Center.   

Are you a graduate student? Contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research for admissions information.

Program Options

  • B.A. Secondary Education Major
    • The Secondary Education major prepares prospective teachers to become facilitators of learning within the school and community.
  • B.A. Instructional Foundations Major
    • Designed to meet the needs of students who wish to have a background in instructional pedagogy, but who do not wish to complete the requirements for teaching certification.
  • Accessibility Studies Program
    • These courses work to increase participation by people of all levels of ability in all environments. An undergraduate minor or certificate and a graduate certificate are offered. 
  • Library Media Endorsement Program
    • All the courses needed to complete the requirements to qualify for a Library Media endorsement to a teaching certificate are offered through this program.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Program
    • This program offers a hybrid online alternative teacher certification program that can be completed in a year for individuals with a bachelor's degree.
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
    • This program offers a graduate degree to a certified teacher seeking additional credentials in a focus area of their choice.
  • Master of Education in Higher Education
    • This program is designed for those interested in working in administrative positions in institutions of higher education or civic, nonprofit, and national government organizations.
  • Master of Education in School Administration
    • This program prepares teachers for the residency principal's certificate. Can be combined with a Special Education Administrator Certificate, or the Residency Principal Certificate.
  • Administrator Certification Program
    • These certificates prepare educational leaders to assume management and instructional responsibilities. Can be combined with a M.Ed. Program.
  • Office of Field Experiences
    • This program provides placement and supervision during the field experience class and student teaching.


The Legacy of a Teacher’s College  

The School of Education is one of the oldest in the state of Washington, having been founded in 1891. 
CWU was originally known as the Washington State Normal School and was entirely devoted to educating future teachers.

“Central gave me the best memories and the best friends. I enjoyed the teaching program and had so many great professors. College was an unforgettable time, and I will always cherish Ellensburg and Central.” -Mackenzie Adams, 2018 Alumni, School of Education

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Department of Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership

Black Hall 214-25

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