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Shape a life. Shape the future.

Do you enjoy helping others grow and learn? Are you passionate about helping create a better future for others? Are you curious about why people make the decisions they do? Do you want to understand what motivates people?
Becoming a student in the School of Education and Psychology is for you!

Join a community environment.
Students in the School of Education and Psychology enjoy our family atmosphere created through small classes and personalized, easy access to faculty and staff. Our education and psychology clubs, community service opportunities, and psychology honor society Psi Chi, make it easy to find your place. 
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Practice hands-on learning.
We believe students are best prepared for a successful career when they gain real, hands-on experience outside the classroom lecture setting. That’s why all education students start shadowing teachers in the classroom from the first year and complete a full year of student teaching before graduation. Additionally, the school operates the Discovery Preschool where education and psychology students can work with children every day. Our curriculum library houses a maker space for creative projects.
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Learn from experienced faculty.
Faculty in the School of Education and Psychology have a broad range of backgrounds and experience, and each holds a doctoral degree. Their areas of specialty include cognitive development, the integration of faith and learning, student assessment, motivation, elementary STEM education, special education, creativity and learning, international literacy education, remediation in reading, and much more.
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The Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED) was established to increase research and improve practice on issues of diversity and equity in the Walla Walla University (WWU) School of Education and Psychology (SEP). It is a center founded to interact with the public, both on the WWU campus and the greater Walla Walla Valley community.
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Blend the theories behind education with practical experience in the classroom. In our program, you will observe, assist, and teach with the mentorship of seasoned teachers. Our program prepares you for state and Adventist denominational certification with courses aligned with national Common Core standards and Washington state standards. Graduate with a portfolio that demonstrates excellent educational practices in the K–12 setting.

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Learn in an environment backed by the accreditation of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities. Additionally, our teacher preparation programs are approved by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board.

Rural, urban, public, and private school settings each require specialized skills. All education students have the opportunity to observe and practice teaching and learning in multi-grade settings.

Learn practical methods to engage with and teach students from a wide range of backgrounds and with a variety of special needs. Our endorsement in special education is designed to address the demand around the country for teachers with this specialized training.

Departmental Merit Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the Student Financial Services student-aid budget and is awarded by the School of Education & Psychology faculty. Students who receive this scholarship must be planning to attend Walla Walla University full time fall, winter and spring quarters of the following academic school year. No application is necessary. 

Doreen Paulson-Evans Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in education who qualify on the basis of financial need, scholastic performance, and a strong commitment to God. No application is necessary. 

Eleanor Schofield Memorial Teachers Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to elementary and secondary education students. Applications are available in the School of Education & Psychology dean's office. The application deadline is January 15. 

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Education graduates teach grades K-12 in both private and public schools. 

Many education students decide to pursue a graduate degree in education or teaching. We offer graduate programs in educational leadership, literacy instruction, curriculum and instruction, and special education. Learn more about our graduate program >


Develop a deeper and broader understanding of human behavior with a degree in psychology. The psychology curriculum trains students for a wide range of careers and research opportunities in the behavioral sciences and professional programs such as law, occupational therapy, and medicine. We teach students how to design and execute original research projects and offer real-world research opportunities with faculty to prepare students to be successful upon graduation.

To be considered for this honor, undergraduate students should have completed at least three semesters of full-time coursework at an institution of higher education and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that ranks in the top 35% of their class. The intent of an honor society is to represent excellence among peers. In addition, undergraduate students must also have completed nine semester hours (or fourteen quarter hours) of psychology courses for which they have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. These standards are in accordance with the minimum standards of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Psychology majors...

  • Investigate forensic scenes and cases.
  • Work in community health organizations.
  • Rehabilitate or train people to be successful in their careers.
  • Counsel and manage people in correctional programs.
  • Develop effective marketing and sales strategies.
  • Advise in family, civil, and criminal courts.

Departmental Merit Scholarship

This undergraduate scholarship is funded by the Student Financial Services student-aid budget and is awarded by the School of Education & Psychology faculty. Students who receive this scholarship must be planning to attend Walla Walla University full time fall, winter and spring quarters of the following academic school year. No application is necessary.

All psychology students complete a 60-hour hands-on, volunteer practicum to gain valuable experience outside the classroom. 

Last update on November 27, 2018