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.

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

Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology ranked among the nation's best
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Qi Zhang, a doctoral student in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Program, received an award for his poster presentation at the WMU Eleventh Annual Research and Creative Activities day on Thursday, April 13. The event showcases the scholarly work of graduate students across campus through poster presentations and performances. This year, 48 posters were entered and 17 were awarded prizes.


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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