The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University offers programs that blend theory and best practices to prepare students for current and future challenges and make them more competitive in the job market.


The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology hires graduate students (typically doctoral students), as needed, to assist faculty with research and program development. Students applying for any of these positions typically must be enrolled in one of our department's graduate programs, and have familiarity with the educational systems and organizations that our programs prepare students to work in.  

Due date for ELRT Graduate assistants and doctoral associates is February 15th (for start date in Fall 2018).

To apply as a new student, or to re-apply as an existing student, please fill out the ELRT DA/GA APPLICATION and send a letter of interest and a current resume to Gretchen St. John no later than February 15 of a given year. Decisions about graduate assistant and doctoral assistant positions are usually made in early spring for the following fall semester. Applicants interested in applying for any WMU fellowships must apply by January 15 of a given year, using the directions posted by the Graduate College.

*ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS CYCLE ADDED: For Fall 2018, in an effort to meet the needs of working professionals (our primary student population), we are adding an additional admissions cycle for students hoping to start their doctoral program in Fall 2018. The firm deadline for ALL materials to be received is May 1, 2018. If you are interested in applying, please contact Ms. Diane Bourgeois ( or 269-387-3893) who will explain the process for this special admissions cycle.

*Doctoral Admissions interviews will be held on Thursday, May 17 or Monday, May 21. 

Academic programs


Additional 2017 Date to Apply for Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
May 1, 2017, has been established as an additional deadline for those applicants interested in starting the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership during Summer II or Fall 2017. For more information, click here

AAUW Educational Funding and Awards
Encourage your women graduate students and scholars to apply for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship. Deadline Dec. 1, 2017. For more information, click here.

Special Topics Courses - Summer I 2018

EMR 6970: Special Topics: Computer Applications for Educational Research

Special Topics Courses - Fall 2017
EDLD 6890: White Privilege and White Identity Development

EDLD 6899: Intellectual Contributions & Challenges for African American Men in U.S. Education

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Qi Zhang, a doctoral student in the Evaluation, Measurement and Research Program, received the Roe L. John Student Travel Grant from the Association for Educational Finance and Policy (AEFP) to attend the annual conference in Portland, Oregon this March. He will be presenting his research with Dr. Jessaca Spybrook on the investigation of design and statistical power for planning multi-level impact studies with student and teacher outcomes. Qi is also presenting his research on the same topic at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. this March. Qi’s presentation and travel to SREE are supported by the Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology Student Travel Grant and the College of Education and Human Development Graduate Student Travel Grant.  - Feb. 18

Dr. Patricia Reeves and Dr. Jianping Shen selected as Distinguished Research and Creative Scholarship awardees - Dec. 18

Three members of CEHD community shine in 2018 excellence in diversity awards - Nov. 30

Associate professors co-edit special issue of international journal - Nov. 17

Three professors to be honored with Distinguished Teaching Awards - Oct. 5

CEHD faculty awarded $12.5 million grant from US Department of Education - Sept. 29

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