Workforce Education and Development in the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership

Doctor of philosophy

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Admissions requirements

    • Masters degree from an accredited institution, indicated on an official transcript.
    • An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 for all graduate work undertaken beyond the bachelor’s degree.
    • Official transcripts as required by WMU.
    • Career and professional goals written narrative in which an applicant describes their professional goals, and how this doctoral program fits with those goals.
    • Graduate reference forms completed by the different individuals who can address an applicant’s ability to successfully complete doctoral-level work.
    • A professional curriculum vitae or resume.

Program overview

The workforce education and development concentration within the educational leadership Ph.D. program is designed to enhance skills in administrative leadership, curriculum or instruction for individuals involved with career and technical education programs in adult, secondary, postsecondary and four-year institutions.

Why workforce education and development at Western Michigan University?

  • 100% of WMU educational leadership graduates were employed or continuing education within three months of graduation.
  • The degree is awarded from Western Michigan University, but can be done in cooperation with Ferris State University. All workforce education and development courses are articulated between the institutions and participants have the option of completing a total quality management certificate awarded from Ferris State University as part of the doctoral degree program.
  • Students are encouraged to pursue additional educational opportunities through one of our many excellent study abroad programs.
  • Customize your degree with an optional WMU Signature Designation.


The WMU educational leadership unit is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. 

Cost & Funding

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