Students will gain knowledge specific to managing projects. Students will gain skills in this high-demand field of project management that, when combined with the soft-skills classes, will give students the competitive edge in the marketplace. Project management skills are not specific to any industry and are sought after by many organizations.
ITAM Department Information
College of Education and Professional Studies
Shaw-Smyser Hall, Second Floor - IT Management Division, room 223
Mail Stop 7488
See website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Robert A. Lupton, PhD
Lori A. Braunstein, PhD, administrative management
Robert A. Lupton, PhD, retail management and technology
Chester Claar, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Natalie Lupton, PhD, retail management and technology, administrative management
Hideki Takei, DBA, administrative management, retail management and technology
Robert Trumpy, EdD, LMHC, LCSW, administrative management
Fen Wang, PhD, information technology
Terry Alkire, PhD, administrative management, retail management and technology
Martin Bagaya, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Laura Portolese, DBA, administrative management
Jaclyn Krause, PhD, information technology
Jackson Muhirwe, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Nathan White, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Wendy Alkire, MBA, administrative management
Cathy Anderson, PhD, retail management and technology
Debbie Angel, MS, administrative management
Joy Bensinger, PhD, information technology
Andreas Bohman, MS, CISSP, cybersecurity
James Brown, MET, information technology
Cathy Bushá, JD, information technology
Brandi Carter-Harrington, MEd, administrative management
David Douglas, MS, administrative management, retail management and technology
John Durham, MM, information technology
Elizabeth Fountain, PhD, administrative management
Amanda Goertz, MEd, administrative management
Kathey Hatfield, MEd, administrative management
Gretchen Hill, MEd, administrative management
Cindy Jorgensen-Johnson, MEd, information technology
Kurt Kirstein, EdD, administrative management
Terry Linkletter, MS, administrative management, information technology
Mary Minor, information technology
Shannon Panattoni, MEd, information technology
Susan Rivera, PhD, administrative management
Marci Sabin, information technology
Chris Schmidt, information technology
Amber Simon, MBA, administrative management
Ray Spencer, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Lori Thompson, PhD, administrative management
Angela Unruh, MBA, information technology
Phil Upperman, EdD, administrative management
Charles Wahle, MEd, information technology
Shani Watkins, MEd, administrative management
Luke Williams, MBA, administrative management, retail management and technology
Elizabeth Henry, program manager
Ellen Bjorge, communication consultant
Darcy MacPherson, internship coordinator
Libby Gibson, secretary supervisor
Susie Johnson, program assistant
Dawn McReynolds, online academic counselor
Laurie Stehle, director online programs
Bachelor of Science
Information Technology and Administrative Management
BS-ITAM Program Overview
The department offers coursework for the Bachelor of Science in information technology and administrative management. The BS-ITAM is comprised of two components:
- ITAM core courses that focus on the core knowledge areas of ITAM: networking, web, information management, and human-centered skills
- Specialization courses that allow for advanced study in one of the core knowledge areas or retail management and technology
The program is designed to prepare students for information technology, administrative management, or retail management careers. Students completing this major will take the core courses (61 credits) and select one of the four areas of specialization: network administration and management, web and database administration and management, administrative management, and retail management and technology.
BS-ITAM Program Admission Requirements
Students must apply and be accepted into the major prior to beginning 300- or 400-level ITAM coursework. Application forms are available in the department office or on the department website.
BS-ITAM Graduation Requirements
The following requirements apply to students seeking the BS-ITAM degree:
Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 in the ITAM coursework to be eligible for the degree.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in each course.
Most ITAM courses that use computer resources are assessed a course fee of $25.
List of Specializations for the BS-ITAM
Students seeking the BS-ITAM take a common set of core courses. Additionally, students must complete a specialization within the BS-ITAM degree: administrative management, network administration and management, Web and database administration and management, or retail management and technology.
Network Administration and Management Specialization
Network administration and management specialization students become qualified business professionals prepared to pursue careers that apply a wide variety of network administration skills. These qualifications are complemented by business communications and human-centered skills. Graduates of the network administration and management specialization secure positions as network administrators, network analysts, network managers, data communication analysts, network operations analysts, network specialists, network technicians, PC support specialists, PC network engineers, and user support specialists.
Web and Database Administration and
Web and database administration and management specialization students become qualified business professionals prepared to pursue careers that apply a wide variety of web and database skills. These qualifications are complemented by business communications and human-centered skills. Graduates of the web and database administration and management specialization secure positions as web administrators, database administrators, web designers, database developers, web page developers, database managers, and web masters.
Retail Management and Technology Specialization
Retail management and technology specialization students become qualified business professionals prepared to pursue careers in retail environments that infuse information technology in areas such as e-commerce, management, selling, purchasing, operations, and merchandising. These qualifications are complemented by business communications and human-centered skills. Graduates of the retail management and technology specialization secure careers in store operations, store management, IT and e-commerce, sales, distribution and logistics, merchandise buying, and planning and entrepreneurship.
Administrative Management Specialization
Administrative management specialization students become qualified business professionals prepared to pursue careers that apply a blend of management, administrative, and information technology skills in contemporary administrative and information technology environments. The administrative manager supervises office employees, designs office work systems, maintains internal and external communication systems, and compiles meaningful reports from information processing. Their knowledge of IT tools complemented by the soft skills (emotional intelligence and leadership) qualifies them to seek employment in positions requiring the management of data, projects, people, and organizational change. The need for graduates with these skills crosses all types of business including agriculture, construction, finance, and retail, government, manufacturing and not-for-profits.
Information Technology and Administration Minors or Certificates
The information technology and administrative management minors and certificates provide recognition for students who complete the specified minor or certificate courses. Such recognition will benefit students in gaining professional employment or advancing in their current professional positions.
Students fulfilling the requirements for an ITAM program degree specialization cannot earn a minor with the ITAM department. However, students may earn departmental certificates in an area other than their area of specialization.
Students fulfilling the requirements for a degree program outside the ITAM department can earn a minor in the ITAM department.
Application forms for minors and certificates can be obtained in the department office or on the ITAM web site at www.cwu.edu/it-management.
Minors or certificates are available in the following areas:
- Administrative Management
- Computer Applications
- Information Technology
- Retail Management and Technology
- Web Design and Management
A minimum GPA of 2.3 in the minor and certificate courses must be achieved with a minimum grade of C- in each course.
Bachelor of Applied Science
Information Technology and Administrative Management
The bachelor of applied science in information technology and administrative management (BAS-ITAM) is designed for students with any applied or technical school degree to gain a baccalaureate degree in a timely fashion. This degree requires significant study in general education at the upper-division level.
BAS-ITAM Program Admission Requirements
Applicants for the BAS-ITAM must meet the following admission requirements before admittance to the program:
- Completion of an applied or technical degree from a community college or technical college with a minimum GPA of 2.3.
- A world language is not required.
- Identification of a clearly articulated academic and/or career goal in pursuing the program and approved by the department chair or designee.
BAS-ITAM Graduation Requirements
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.3.
- Completion of CWU Basic and Breadth Requirements, except the world language and computing requirements.
- Completion of the BAS-ITAM core requirement courses and one of the BAS-ITAM specialization list of courses with a minimum grade of C- in each course.
List of Specializations for BAS-ITAM program
Students seeking the BAS-ITAM program must take a common set of core courses. Additionally, students entering the BAS-ITAM program must choose a specialization. The Information Technology and Cybersecurity specializations require the completion of a two-year IT related degree program with a least 40 approved credits within the IT technical degree to qualify for the specialization. The administrative management specialization require the completion of any two-year applied degree with at least 40 credits in one applied or technical area to qualify.
College of Education and Professional Studies Information
Administration and Organization
Paul Ballard, (Black Hall, room 228)
Ethan Bergman, PhD RDN (Black Hall, room 228)
VACANT (Black Hall, room 228)
Mail Stop 7415
The mission of the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is to prepare competent, enlightened citizens who will enhance their respective professions, commit themselves to socially responsible leadership, and help develop the global economy in a spirit of cooperation. Each academic unit of the college has developed specific goals to address this mission.
Graduates of the College of Education and Professional Studies programs are Professionally Prepared and Profession Ready, or P3R. Graduates enter the job force right after graduation and make an immediate positive impact on their profession.
The Education programs at CWU are all about preparing students to enter the greatest profession in the world….Teaching! Our Education programs approach learning in a supportive and positive environment where students and staff share responsibility for knowledge, and where students and staff value working and learning together. Graduates enter their teaching positions after graduation and make an immediate positive impact on the students they teach.
CEPS facilitates communication between and among the respective disciplines that contribute to the preparation of educators, including teachers, school administrators, and school psychologists. Supporting the mission, purpose, and governance structure of CEPS is the constructivist philosophy-a belief that knowledge is actively created by learners and made meaningful when learners relate new information to prior knowledge.
The Teacher Preparation Program is administered through CEPS. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the Teacher Preparation Program. Students must apply to the Teacher Preparation Program and meet specific application criteria before being admitted. For more information about the Teacher Certification process, link to www.cwu.edu/teacher-certification/.
The Professional Studies at Central Washington University strives to deliver innovative applied science and technology programs that develop competent globally responsible citizens who contribute to their respective professions. The vision of Professional Studies at CWU is to be recognized as a premier learning community dedicated to providing relevant and authentic learning experiences.
College of Education and Professional Studies programs value:
- Excellence in teaching
- A rigorous academic and learning environment
- The preparation of students for successful careers
- Accreditation and industry standards
- Applied research
- Creative, diverse and innovative ideas
- Open, collaborative environments
- Partnerships with external constituents
- The use of current technology
- Professionalism, integrity, and responsible citizenship
- Life balance
For more information about the Departments and Programs, go to the departments listed below.
The Department of Aerospace Students (AFROTC). CWU’s Air Force ROTC detachment is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates with a mission of developing quality leaders for the Air Force.
The Department of Aviation is a regional leader in professional aviation education, attracting individuals with a passion for the combined art and science of flight. Established in 1975, it is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. The Department offers B.S. degrees in Aviation Management and Professional Pilot and has a stellar reputation for preparing students for the demands of the industry.
The Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum houses the Professional Education Program (PEP), Field Experiences, Instructional Foundations undergraduate degree, and Master Teacher Graduate Program.
The Department of Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction Management offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Construction Management, Safety and Health Management, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technologies, and Technology Education. The department also offers a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Technology.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers degree programs in: Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising; Business and Marketing Education; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Family Studies; Global Wine Studies; and Recreation, Tourism and Event Management. The department offers a graduate Master of Science with specializations in Family Studies and Career and Technical Education, and is the home of the International Sustainable Development Institute.
The Department of Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies. Graduates in this department are prepared to enter careers as physical education and school health teachers or in a wide variety of public health/community settings. They also have master level degrees in School Administration, Instructional Leadership, Higher Education, Health, and Physical Education with a specialization in Athletic Administration.
The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) offers high demand undergraduate and graduate programs blending technical skills with soft skills in the areas of Administrative Management, Information Technology, Web and Database Management, Retail Management Technology, Network Management, Project Management, and Cybersecurity. Degree programs are offered on campus, hybrid, 100% online, and self-paced competency based. Find out more: www.cwu.edu/it-management
The Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education (LLSE) offers programs for teacher candidates interested in developing educational pK-12 specialties in Bilingual Education/Teaching English as a Second Language; Literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening); and Special Education. Each program leads to an endorsement for the Washington State teaching certificate.
The Department of Military Science (AROTC) houses the Army ROTC program at CWU. The mission of the Wildcat Battalion is to recruit, educate, coach, mentor and commission outstanding scholars, athletes and leaders inspired for service in our nation’s Army.
The Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences prepares students in a variety of professions that focus on the physical and functional abilities of humans including clinical physiology, exercise science, nutrition and dietetics, and paramedicine.
The Department of Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children (TEACH) is committed to ensuring graduates are prepared to be outstanding educational leaders and facilitators of learning who demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to educate and work within a diverse school population.
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC): Richard Warr, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Peterson Hall, room 203)
Aviation: Sundaram Nataraja, PhD (Black Hall, room 225-1)
Educational Foundations and Curriculum: Ian Loverro, PhD (Black Hall, room 101)
Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction: Lad Holden, Master of Technology (Hogue Hall, room 107)
Family and Consumer Sciences: Rob Perkins, EdD and Duane Dowd, PhD (Michaelsen Hall, room 100)
Health, Educational Administration, and Movement Studies: Heidi Henschel-Pellett, EdD (Dorothy Purser Hall, room 114)
Information Technology and Administrative Management: Robert Lupton, PhD (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 203)
Language, Literacy, and Special Education: Janet Finke, PhD (Black Hall, room 204-6)
Military Science (AROTC): Jonathan Ackiss, Lt. Colonel (Peterson Hall, room 202G)
Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences: Keith Monosky, PhD (Dorothy Purser Hall, room 114)
Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children: Keith Salyer, PhD (Black Hall, room 101)