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, and to ensure that students complete a Ph.D. rather than adding to the number of "all-but-dissertations" (ABD's) that exist in academia.
The EDLD concentrations require a minimum of 60 graduate credits, including 12 dissertation credits. If you are a working professional and able to take two classes per semester you can complete your doctoral work, including dissertation, in about 3.5 – 4 years.
- Higher education leadership
- K-12 leadership
- Organizational analysis leadership
- Workforce education and development leadership (formerly career technical education leadership)
The regular admissions process has a deadline of January 15th, for students starting the program the following Fall (or summer if requested); only students applying during this regular admissions application cycle (with a January 15th deadline) can be considered for funding opportunities.
Occasionally, based on a variety of factors, the EDLD Program will run an additional accelerated admissions application cycle in Summer I for admissions in fall; students who apply during this application cycle typically cannot be considered for funding opportunities.
Due to a variety of challenges and miscommunications in the 2019 admissions process, EDLD WILL run an additional admissions application cycle with a deadline of May 1, 2019. To be considered for Fall 2019 admissions, all application materials, including references and GRE scores, must be received by May 1. Students applying during this admissions cycle cannot be considered for regular department funding opportunities (such as graduate/doctoral assistantships).
Please contact the EDLD PhD program coordinator, Dr. Patricia Reeves, if you have any questions about this additional deadline.
These are applicable for existing students in all concentrations:
- New multi-year plan of courses (rev. Spring 2019)
- Commonly asked questions and answers
- Comprehensive exam information**(dates have changes beginning Fall 2018)
- Human subjects institutional review board (information and forms)
- Forms commonly used by educational leadership ph.d. students
- Michigan K-12 administrator certificate requirements
- Literature Search Resources
- Sample Educational Leadership Dissertations
Please contact Dr. Patricia Reeves, the educational leadership doctoral program coordinator, if you have any questions about our high quality doctoral program.
"I would like to extend my gratitude to professors and staff at WMU. Your sophisticated intellect, unbridled dedication to the field, and seemingly unending fountain of knowledge provided inspiration and motivation throughout the course of my study. It has been a privilege and an honor to study with and learn from you."
~ noted by Dr. Jill Van Hof within her dissertation acknowledgement page (and shared with permission).