Here’s what some of our students had to say about the Educational Leadership program in a recent student satisfaction survey:
“The program gave me a well-rounded knowledge base. One of the most valuable things I walked away with was the opportunity to learn among other educators. I learned a lot from instruction, but I think I learned more from the classroom discussion listening to teachers talk about their experiences. It was valuable to me, as a current school administrator, to hear the perceptions of school administrators from my classmates."
“I feel that the overall offering of classes was very good, and I was able to take a class every semester that I wanted to…I live in Portage, so I did travel to Battle Creek and Grand Rapids (most often), but I took a class in Benton Harbor too…I felt it was great that I had the same professors out of town as on the main campus.”
“I enjoy having courses taught by instructors who have served leadership roles in public education. They have insight and practical experience that moves beyond text material. Many of the assignments relate directly to those required of principals or others in educational leadership roles. In particular, the assignments requiring personal reflection about my leadership styles have allowed me to define and fine-tune the kind of leader I want to become.”
The master’s program can prepare you to become a leader in a variety of roles in the private and public sectors. Graduates of this program hold positions of prominence as principals, superintendents, higher education administrators, and executive directors of nonprofit organizations.
With a strong mix of experience and knowledge, our faculty members know what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s educational organizations. WMU maintains strong ties with the field, recently adding the former superintendents of Vicksburg, Marcellus, and Pontiac Districts to the faculty ranks.
The program is designed to support working professionals, with all classes taught using an evening, weekend, or concentrated summer format. In addition, our regional locations have learning environments tailored to the adult student.
WMU master's credits can count towards the WMU Doctor of Philosophy and Education Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership. Consider WMU before enrolling in universities not offering advanced graduate degrees.