Education Studies Program Admission

Students must apply for undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and the doctoral program in the Education Studies department.

Transfer students are welcome to apply to the Doctor of Education program.

Each application is evaluated individually for coursework equivalents that may be applied to the program. Coursework completed 7+ years ago is generally too old to be considered toward the degree program. In this case, we’ll work with you to create a customized plan of study.

Undergraduate Programs

After you’re admitted to WSU, you’ll need to apply for admission to the Teacher Education program.

You must be admitted to the Teacher Education program before you can begin the Professional Education Sequence (PDF).  

Admission to education programs can be competitive, so it’s important to put the effort into your coursework in your first semesters of college. 

Training & Development Graduate Certificate

To enroll in the Training & Development graduate certificate, you must apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies at WSU.  

Multicultural Education Certificate Program

There are different admissions processes for each pathway of the Multicultural Education Certificate Program (MECP). 

Complete Courses as Graduate Electives

To take a few MECP classes as elective credits for your graduate degree at WSU, you must apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 

This is the only step. You do not need to apply to the MECP.

Earn a Non-Credit Certificate

Contact Adult & Continuing Education to register your team for the non-credit Multicultural Education Certificate.  

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Students who want to earn the 12-credit graduate certificate must first apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies at WSU. 

After being admitted to WSU’s Graduate School, apply for admission to the Multicultural Education Certificate Program.

The online application has 10 questions, and it takes just 15 minutes to apply.

Lock in your application by emailing your resumé to MECP Coordinator Nicholas Wysocki at

Apply to the Doctorate Program

Program Requirements

The GRE is not required. Doctorate applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a master’s degree (30+ credits minimum) with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher.

If the master’s degree is not in Education or a related field, you may be required to take education leveling courses.

You can complete leveling courses as a master’s or Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Student prior to being admitted into the doctoral program. These courses help prospective students gain the necessary background knowledge to succeed in the doctoral program. 

Consult with the doctoral faculty for enrollment into education foundation courses before applying.

Application Deadlines

Doctoral cohorts are started in January and June each year. Applications are not reviewed or considered until all materials are complete.

Doctoral residencies are held in Winona, MN for 7 days each summer in mid-July.

Late Submissions

If you do not complete the application by the deadline, you may seek Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Student status.

This allows you to take courses in the Education Studies Department before you apply and are formally accepted. All Doctor of Education courses (EDUO) need departmental permission to enroll.

A maximum of 12 graduate credits earned as a Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Student may be accepted into a degree program upon recommendation of the academic department.

Admission as a graduate non-degree seeking student does not mean guaranteed admission to a graduate degree program. You must still meet all admission requirements and formally apply to WSU Graduate Studies and the Doctor of Education program.

Application Process

Once admitted to Graduate Studies, doctorate students can send their application materials to the

  • curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation (on university or professional letterhead)
  • professional statement 

Refer to Doctor of Education Admissions Checklist (PDF) to ensure your application is complete.

We’ll send you a letter to let you know if you’ve been admitted to your program.

Contact the Education Studies Department
Rhea Walker
Department Chair, Professor

Helble Hall 204


Email Rhea Walker
Steven M. Baule (EdD, PhD)
EdD Program Director, Associate Professor

Broadway Suite 309 (Rochester Campus)


Email Steven Baule
Karen McCormick
Office Manager

Helble Hall 215


Email Karen McCormick