KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Committed to making learning accessible and affordable, Western Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) announced a new academic initiative, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Opportunities. Students may now apply for potential credit for their prior knowledge and experiences for various programs within CEHD. This is a great opportunity for nontraditional students to showcase their prior learning experiences and fast-track their degree program.
The College of Education and Human Development's Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology (ELRT) develops diverse, ethical leaders and scholars. Our programs blend theory and best practices to prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to bring innovative solutions to current and future challenges and make you more competitive in the job market.
New program options
Four programs launched successfully during COVID-19.
Due to COVID-19 challenges, the GRE requirement is temporarily suspended for all ELRT Department Ph.D. programs for 2020-21 and 2021-22.
- Potential course credits now available via Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) within five K-12 focused graduate degrees. Learn more.
- Evaluation, Measurement and Research has three new Graduate Certificate programs - Graduate Certificate in Evaluation; Graduate Certificate in Mixed-Methods; Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods
- WMU CEHD Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Group (GSRSG) - Learn more about writing a conference proposal
Join the Educational Leadership, Research and Technology faculty
Research is underway at Western Michigan University that could impact science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM—teaching and improve learning outcomes in multiple states. The National Science Foundation awarded Dr. Jessaca Spybrook, professor of evaluation, measurement and research, a $1,328,108 grant for her project entitled “Improving Evaluations of STEM Programs: An Empirical Investigation of Key Design Parameters.”
The latest Post-Graduation Activity Survey reveals 91% of recent WMU graduates are actively engaged in employment or service. Some students about to join their ranks are sharing their own success stories.