Graduate Programs

C&I in Educational Studies

New Online Program:

Master's Degree in Educational Studies

Welcome to the Department of Education!

This program is designed for those interested in studying education from more integrated and broader perspectives. Candidates will complete coursework in the following areas: Literacy, Special Education, Educational Foundations and Research, Technology, and English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Program Highlights

  • 31 Credit Hours online (including a Capstone Experience)
  • Flexible start dates: Spring, Summer, or Fall semester
  • Flexible pace (1-2 courses per semester)
  • Financial Aid available

Program Curriculum

The Educational Studies program is a 31-credit hour program designed to enhance skills in the areas of educational foundations and research, literacy, technology, special education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Core Courses: The following seven semester hours are required:

____ ED 572: Issues in Education (3)

____ ED 565: Introduction to Educational Research (3)

____ ED 698: Action Research Capstone (1)*

                           *Prerequisite:  successful completion of 24 credit hours and ED 565.

Literacy Courses: The following six semester hours are required:

____ RD 510: Classroom Reading Instruction (3)

____ RD 522: Instruction for Readers at Risk (3)

Technology Courses: Six hours of the following are required:

____ ED 580: Integrating Technology in Curriculum (3)

____ ED 584: Multimedia in the Classroom (3)

____ ED 586: Integrating the Internet into Instruction (3)

Special Education Courses: The following six semester hours are required:

____ SE 510: Learning and Behavior Problems (3)

____ SE 580: Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities (3)

English for Speakers of Other Languages Courses: The following six semester hours are required:

____ ED 551: Methods and Cross Cultural Communication (3)

____ ED 561: ESOL Teaching and Learning (3)

The courses listed above are recommended, however, other courses may be substituted with the permission of the student's advisor. A student's advisor will be assigned based on the subject area the student wishes to pursue for the action research/capstone experience.

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Graduate Faculty

Michael Rettig

Professor and Interim Chair

(785) 670-1424      

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Early Childhood, Special Education,

And Administration, University of Kansas

M.Ed. Special Education, Wichita State University

B.A. Psychology, University of Kansas

Areas of Specialization:

Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education

Michael Rettig

Carolyn Carlson

Associate Professor

(785) 670-1474

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Teaching and Leadership - Literacy, University of Kansas

M.S., Teaching and Leadership - Literacy, University of Kansas

Teacher Preparation Program, Missouri Western State University

B.A., East Asian Languages - Japanese, University of Kansas

Areas of Specialization:

Adolescent literacy

Secondary reading specialists

Reading motivation

Reading assessment

Carolyn Carlson

Gloria Dye


(785) 670-1432

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Special Education, University of New Mexico

Educational Specialist, Educational Administration, University of New Mexico

Master's, Multicultural Teacher Education at the Secondary Level, University of New Mexico

B.A. Elementary Education, minor in Special Education, Walsh College

Areas of Specialization:

Teacher Preparation

Special Education (Collaboration, Teaching Strategies)

Learning Disabilities

Multicultural Education

Comer School Development Program

Education Licenses Held:

Elementary, K-8, New Mexico

Special Education, K-12, New Mexico

Instructional Leader, K-12, New Mexico

Administrative, K-12, New Mexico

Gloria Dye

David Pownell  

Assistant Professor

(785) 670-1431

Lead Teach Learn website

Educational Background:

Ed.D. Educational Administration, Kansas State University

M.S. Educational Computing, Design, and Telecommunication, Kansas State University

B.S. Computer Science Education, McPherson College McPherson, Kansas

Areas of Specialization:

Instructional Technology

Mobile Technologies

Ubiquitous/Continuous Computing

Emerging Technologies for Education

Education Licenses Held:

Computer Studies 7-12

Building Leadership 7-12   

David Pownell

Sandra Winn Tutwiler


(785) 670-1435

Educational Background:

Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin

M.S.E. Illinois State University

B.A. Northeastern Illinois University

Areas of Specialization:

School-family Relations

Social and Psychological Foundations of Education

Education and Diversity

Education Licenses Held:

K-9 Elementary, Texas

Counseling (K-12)

Sandy Tutwiler

The Department of Education at Washburn University is accredited by the Council for Educator Preparation (CAEP)


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This is a degree-only program that does not lead to a licensure.  Candidates who seek a specific licensure should contact the Department of Education for more information.