• graduates standing with president montgomery

    Congratulations to our fall 2018 graduates.

  • three students holding awards

    Three ERLT PhD students at the WMU Research and Creative Poster Day 2019. Names left to right: Yunzheng Zheng (Organizational Analysis), Wessam Ibrahim Saad Abdelaziz (Evaluation, Measurement and Research) and Huang Wu (Organizational Analysis).

  • Dr. Regina Garza Mitchell at podium.

    Dr. Regina Garza Mitchell received the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award at CSCC.

  • Dr. Lewis and Dr. Palmer

    Katie Giardello, Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer, Dr. Ramona Lewis and Pepper the Robot – Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation – Study Abroad to Canada 2019

The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University offers programs that blend theory and best practices to prepare students for current and future challenges and make them more competitive in the job market.


Attention: In 2019, the department will add an additional admissions cycle for the EDLD Ph.D. for students wishing to begin their studies in Fall 2019.  The firm deadline for this accelerated admissions cycle is May 1, 2019.  Students applying during this admissions cycle cannot be considered for regular department funding opportunities (such as graduate/doctoral assistantships).

12/31/19: New multi-year plan of courses posted for every program in our department. Before developing a program of study, visit the new plans. If courses have changed names, or the new plans seem to present some challenges for you to graduate on time, do not worry—contact your academic advisor in the department. That individual will address your concerns.

The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology hires graduate students (typically doctoral students), as needed, to assist faculty with research and program development. Students applying for any of these positions typically must be enrolled in one of our department's graduate programs, and have familiarity with the educational systems and organizations that our programs prepare students to work in.

To apply as a new student, or to re-apply as an existing student, please fill out the ELRT DA/GA application and send a letter of interest and a current resume to Gretchen St. John no later than February 15 of a given year. Decisions about graduate assistant and doctoral assistant positions are usually made in early spring for the following fall semester. Applicants interested in applying for any WMU fellowships must apply by January 15 of a given year, using the directions posted by the Graduate College.

Spring 2019 Graduate Writing Workshops

Spring 2019 Dissertation Writing Workshops

Special topics courses - fall 2018

EMR 6550: Quasi and Experimental Design

Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology ranked among the nation's best

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Education Leadership, Research and Technology professor receives emerging scholar award for community college research - April 15

Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer and Dr. Ramona Lewis take students to Ontario for study abroad experience - April 12

ELRT alumna named South Central College Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs - Feb. 6

ELRT alumnus selected for Innovative Educator Corps - Dec. 12

ELRT professor and advanced doctoral student published in premier journal - Nov. 28

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