Educational Leadership

K-12 Leadership Faculty

Most of the programs in educational leadership benefit working professionals who want to develop as leaders ready to handle the many educational challenges facing institutions and organizations in an era of accountability. 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 online courses available (the entire K-12 leadership master’s program can be taken online). Most master's degree classes are available at the main Kalamazoo campus and at regional campuses in Grand Rapids and Battle Creek. Post-master's and doctoral classes are available at the 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.

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school administrator certificate: central office endorsement

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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.

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Specialist in education

The specialist in education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University will prepare you for leadership roles in educational administration positions and is appropriate if you are seeking a post-master's degree, but not a doctoral degree. In addition to the Ed.S. degree, a student can be recommended to receive Michigan Administrator Certification.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

Due to the increasingly complex tasks including research and data analysis within all types of educational institutions, there is a demand for strong, transformational leaders. Applying theory to practice is an overall theme for the Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership, 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.

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