K-12 Teacher Leadership Concentration

This 30-credit-hour concentration in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University is designed to prepare graduate students for collaborative teacher leadership roles in K-12 schools, following national standards for teacher leadership. This program is specifically designed for teachers who do not wish to become administrators, but desire to take on leadership roles that contribute to the success of K-12 schools through improved student outcomes.

For those seeking the Michigan administrator certificate, three additional courses beyond this concentration are required. Efforts are underway to have this concentration lead to the receipt of the Michigan advanced professional certification.

Contact information

Please contact Mary Mccrumb at mary.mccrumb@wmich.edu, advisor for the teacher leadership concentration, if you have any questions.

Application information

Applications are accepted on an ongoing 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 6640: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
EDLD 6730: Instructional Leadership and Supervision
EDLD 6740: School Community Relations and Cultural Competence
* EDLD 6750: The Work of Teacher Leaders
* EDLD 6760: How Schools Work: Organizational Finance and Legal System
EDT 6410: Instructional Technology for School Leaders, fully online
Elective, approved by advisor

Program total: 30 credits

* Only available on the main campus and the Grand Rapids campus. All others are available at all five campus locations.