Educational Leadership

Program details

Credits required: 30

Location Format   
Battle Creek Face-to-face*
Grand Rapids Face-to-face*
Kalamazoo Face-to-face*
Muskegon Face-to-face*
Online Online*
Southwest Face-to-face*

*K-12 Teacher Leadership is Face-to-face. K-12 School Principal Leadership is Online.

Industry highlights

In the United States, 179,000 master's degrees were conferred in education in 2008-2009.National Center for Education Statistics

Kendall Teacher Scholarship applications will be accepted March 12 through April 16 for summer I 2018 and April 2 through May 7 for summer II 2018. Scholarship eligibility limited to those teaching in Calhoun County.

Visit the Battle Creek scholarships page for more information.

Master of Arts (MA)

Today's school leaders need a special advanced degree

The recent economic and political climate has made school administration more challenging than ever. Now, more than ever, school administrators need a distinctive advanced degree.

Western Michigan University's Master of Arts (MA) in educational leadership prepares leaders for roles in educational organizations including K-12 schools, higher education, governmental agencies and professional associations. The graduate curriculum is based on a "Performance Driven Leadership" model.

Specializations in K-12 school principal leadership and K-12 teacher leadership are available at WMU regional locations. The K-12 principal leadership concentration is also available entirely online, beginning fall 2016.

Why Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University?

The engaging faculty and staff at WMU's College of Education and Human Development are dedicated to your success, bringing extensive educational leadership experience to the program.

Certified and accredited

This degree meets the Michigan K-12 Administrator Certification requirements, NCATE accreditation standards, and the guidelines of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. It is also a Michigan State Board of Education Approved Principal Preparation Program.

Career opportunities

  • Preparation to become a leader in a variety of roles in the private or public sector.
  • Previous graduates of this program hold positions of prominence as principals, superintendents, higher education administrators and executive directors of nonprofit organizations.
  • WMU maintains strong ties with the field, recently adding the former superintendents of Vicksburg, Marcellus and Pontiac districts to the faculty ranks

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.