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    Prior Learning Assessment

    New CEHD initiative awards credit for prior learning.

  • Student graduation

    Students find springboard to success at WMU

  • Child working with robotics

    How can we improve STEM learning outcomes? WMU professor wins $1.3M NSF award to find out

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    Questions for faculty?

    All ELRT faculty are available by phone and email.

  • Group of Fulbright Specialists

    Drs. Eric Archer and Ramona Lewis have been appointed to serve on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for the U.S Department of State.

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.

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    Greatness from small beginnings: a first-generation immigrant's educational journey

    Alumnus Kevin Curiel-Vazquez is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Olvera Enterprises. A first-generation college student who was born in Mexico, his parents brought him and his two siblings to Grand Rapids when he was 8 years with the ambition to provide them with a better future. His parents sacrificed the lives they had built in Mexico with their family and friends, so he and his brothers could have a better chance at building their own lives filled with opportunity and growth.

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  • Two people working with laptops at a conference table

    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.

  • A child works on an engineering project in a classroom.

    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.”

  • Dr. Edward Montgomery, WMU president, hugs a student at graduation.

    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.