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For some people, a master's degree just isn't enough. The personal and professional growth they desire requires more. For educational leaders who want to go further than their master's degree will take them, WMU offers a PhD in Educational Leadership.
This prestigious PhD program at Western Michigan University offers a great deal of flexibility for busy professionals. Specializations are available in Higher Education Leadership and in K-12 Leadership, allowing educational leaders to choose their own career path.
The engaging faculty and staff at WMU's College of Education and Human Development are dedicated to the success of their students, bringing extensive educational leadership experience to the program. Besides excellent people, WMU also offers innovative scheduling designed to meet the needs of today's busy professionals.
Students completing the K-12 concentration may also receive one or more 'endorsements' indicating that they have met the state requirements for various K-12 certificates (e.g., superintendent, central office, etc.). Learn more at the Michigan Department of Education's website.
School administrators, teacher leaders, and educational directors in K-12 schools with at least three years of experience and a related master's degree are encouraged to apply.
Professionals who obtain the PhD in Educational Leadership could advance to leadership positions in Higher Education or K-12 settings, depending on area of focus and commensurate experience.
If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.
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.