K-12 School Principal Leadership Concentration

This 30-credit-hour concentration in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University is designed to prepare students for a leadership role as a building principal. Students who complete this concentration will be recommended to receive from the state a K-12 administrator certificate and the basic principal endorsements: elementary and secondary principal.

18 month option

An option to complete the concentration in 18 months is offered to those seeking to complete their degree in a shorter amount of time and is designed to better prepare future educational leaders.

Application information

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis throughout the year. Admission decisions take about four weeks from the time when all material is received.

Program course requirements

Unless otherwise noted all courses are three credit hours.

Leadership core

EDLD 6020: Educational Leadership, Systems and Change
EDLD 6300: Data-informed Decision-making, Research and Evaluation
EDLD 6791: Educational Leadership Master's Seminar, one credit
EDLD 6792: Capstone Experience, two credits

Specialty core

EDLD 6610: School Law and Ethics
EDLD 6620: School Business Management
EDLD 6640: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
EDLD 6670: The Principalship
EDLD 6730: Instructional Leadership and Supervision
EDLD 6740: School Community Relations and Cultural Competence
Elective, approved by advisor

Program total: 30 credits


WMU’s K-12 educational leadership master’s degree program meets the Michigan K-12 administrator certification requirements, NCATE accreditation standards and the guidelines of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and is a Michigan State Board of Education approved principal preparation program.

For more information

Please contact Dennis McCrumb, the educational leadership master's degree program coordinator, if you have any questions.