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    Summer I 2019 doctoral graduates with President Montgomery and Dr. Talbot.

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    Dr. Donna Talbot with Provost Bott and President Montgomery hooding graduate Joseph Bishop at the 2019 summer graduation ceremony.

  • Brett Geier and Michael Rice

    WMU K-12 ELRT congratulates Dr. Michael Rice on his appointment as Michigan State Superintendent!

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    2019 - 2021 Van Buren, Allegan and Kalamazoo K-12 Educational Leadership Cohort.

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.


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.

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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ELRT Dr. Michael Rice named Michigan Board of Education State Superintendent - June 3

ELRT alumna earns one of nation's highest honors for art educators - May 24

Education Leadership, Research and Technology alumus picked as interim superintendent - May 14

Students find springboard to success at WMU - April 19

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

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