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Prospective Graduate Student Resources

As the cornerstone of Western Michigan University, the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) continues to build upon its rich tradition of excellence by facilitating the preparation and growth of researchers, leaders, and professionals across the fields of education, counseling, sport and exercise science, family and community development, and organizational learning.

Why Western Michigan University?

#2 Best Online Master's in Education: U.S. News and World Report 2023 ranked WMU No. 52 in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Michigan for best online master's in education programs.

#3 Best Graduate Schools in Education: U.S. News and World Report 2023 ranked CEHD No. 106 in the nation and No. 3 in the state of Michigan for graduate schools in education.

#13 Best Online Master's in Education for Veterans: U.S. News and World Report 2023 ranked WMU No. 13 in the nation for best online master's in education programs for veterans. 

Video of 60th Anniversary WMU College of Education and Human Development

Program options


  • The Graduate College

    Available to answer your questions, connect you with current grad students, and provide you with the technical support and intellectual guidance you need to complete your degree.

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  • The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs

    Provides guidance and mentorship for veterans, those still serving and their family members. We offer assistance in academic and benefit support.

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  • International Student & Scholar Services

    Provides assistance and support to international students on campus to help them achieve their goals, while maintaining a positive living and learning experience.

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  • Visit campus

    There's simply no substitute for seeing WMU for yourself and experiencing a little slice of what makes Western so unique and beloved. In-person and virtual tours are available.

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Department Chairs

  • Jessica Heybach

    Dr. Jessica Heybach

    Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology


  • Dr. David B. Szabla

    Dr. David B. Szabla

    Department of of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology


  • Dr. Suzan Smith-Ayers

    Dr. Suzan Smith-Ayers

    Department of Family and Consumer Sciences


  • Dr. Yuanlong Liu

    Dr. Yuanlong Liu

    Department of Human Performance and Health Education


  • Dr. Selena Protacio

    Dr. Selena Protacio

    Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies


  • Dr. Susan V. Piazza

    Dr. Susan V. Piazza

    Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies