The Master of Arts in educational leadership degree in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University is based on a performance-driven leadership model in which students actively participate in a variety of activities designed to prepare them for the challenges faced by today’s educational organizations.
Most of the programs in Educational Leadership benefit working professionals who want to develop as leaders ready to handle the many educational challenges facing institutions and organizations in an era of accountability. Students will be better prepared for current and future challenges and be more competitive in the job market.
Classes are taught using an evening, weekend or concentrated summer format with some online courses available (the entire K-12 leadership master’s program can be taken online). Most master's degree classes are available at the main Kalamazoo campus and at regional campuses in Grand Rapids, and Battle Creek. Post master's and doctoral classes are available at the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids regional campuses. The K-12 concentrations are aligned with the Michigan K-12 administrator certificate requirements.
After graduating from this program, students will be prepared for leadership positions in an educational capacity in institutions and organizations. Some examples include: K-12 building level principal or other administrator, higher education administrator or executive director of a nonprofit organization.
Prospective students are encouraged to explore the individual concentrations within educational leadership. Each concentration has specific requirements, courses and program coordinator contact information.
- Higher education and student affairs leadership
- K-12 principal and interscholastic athletic administration
- K-12 school principal leadership
- K-12 Teacher Leader (moving to teaching, learning, and educational studies department Fall 2018)
- Educational and global leadership (formerly organizational and global leadership)
Internship and field experiences vary depending on which concentration students choose. Students in the Higher Education and Students Affairs and Educational and Global Leadership concentrations participate in the EDLD 6792 capstone course. The capstone is a culminating experience taken in the final semester of the performance-driven leadership curriculum. Students enroll in a course where they will complete their performance-driven leadership portfolio and also complete a field-based experiential learning internship. This phase of the program is designed to bring clarification and closure to concepts explored throughout the master's degree. The capstone internship is an intensive experience, providing the opportunity to put theory into practice. Students enrolled in the capstone attend class either online or in a hybrid format and are engaged in activities designed to complement the internship experience. While students work with their faculty advisor to discuss options and opportunities, it is the student’s responsibility to research and seek internship opportunities.
CERTIFICATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
The certificate in higher education and student affairs is designed for full-time professionals working in student affairs or related administrative areas who do not have the academic background or training in higher education, or graduate students enrolled in another master’s program who demonstrate commitment to and experience working in higher education.
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE: CENTRAL OFFICE ENDORSEMENT
More information to come soon. Certificate program coming fall 2018.
Current student information
- Graduation information
- Five year course plan (in process of being modified, summer-fall 2018 - will be posted once that has been updated)
- Summary chart of required courses (starting Summer II 2014)
- Summary chart of required courses (for those admitted prior to summer II - 2014)