These programs in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University benefit working professionals who want to develop as leaders ready to serve within the accountability era facing educational institutions. Students will be better prepared for current and future challenges and be more competitive in the job market.
Classes are taught using an evening, weekend or concentrated summer format with some Internet based courses available. All master's degree classes are available at the main Kalamazoo campus and at regional campuses in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Benton Harbor and Battle Creek. Post master's and doctoral classes are available at the main Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids regional campuses. The K-12 concentrations are aligned with the Michigan K-12 administrator certificate requirements.
Master of Arts in educational leadership
The Master of Arts in educational leadership degree is based on a performance-driven leadership model in which students actively participate in a variety of activities designed to prepare them for the challenges faced by today's educational organizations.
- Higher education and student affairs leadership
- K-12 principal and interscholastic athletic administration
- K-12 school principal leadership
- K-12 Teacher Leader (moving to teaching, learning and educational studies department Fall 2018)
- Educational and global leadership (formerly organization and global leadership)
Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership
The Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership applies theory to practice with the case study approach to learning used extensively. In addition, a very integrated "professional inquiry, research and dissertation core" has been developed to assist you in adding to your higher education knowledge base.
- Higher education leadership
- K-12 leadership
- Organizational Analysis
- Workforce education and development (formerly career and technical education)
Certificate in higher education and student affairs
The certificate in higher education and student affairs is designed for full-time professionals working in student affairs or related administrative areas who do not have the academic background or training in higher education, or graduate students enrolled in another master’s program who demonstrate commitment to and experience working in higher education.
Specialist in Education
The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) will prepare you for leadership roles in educational administration positions. It is appropriate if you are seeking a post-master's, but not a doctoral, degree. Persons seeking admission to the Ed.S. program should be definite about academic and professional goals and aspirations. Students are cautioned that satisfactory completion of courses prior to admission to the department program does not guarantee admission to the program.