Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Master of arts

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Wednesday, December 14 at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17 at 6 p.m.

Program description

The Master of Arts in educational leadership degree in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University 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. 

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 in a manner to support working professionals, involving evening, weekend and/or online courses. The K-12 concentrations are aligned with the Michigan K-12 administrator certificate requirements, and are available only fully on-line, using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

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Career opportunities

After graduating from this program, students will be prepared for leadership positions in an educational capacity in institutions and organizations.  Some examples include: K-12 building level principal or other administrator, higher education administrator or executive director of a nonprofit organization.


Prospective students are encouraged to explore the individual concentrations within educational leadership. Each concentration has specific requirements, courses and program coordinator contact information.

Internship experiences

Internship and field experiences vary depending on which concentration students choose.  The capstone is a culminating experience taken in the final semester of the performance-driven leadership curriculum. Students enroll in a course where they will complete their performance-driven leadership portfolio and also complete a field-based experiential learning internship.  This phase of the program is designed to bring clarification and closure to concepts explored throughout the master's degree. The capstone internship is an intensive experience, providing the opportunity to put theory into practice. Students enrolled in the capstone attend class either online or in a hybrid format and are engaged in activities designed to complement the internship experience.   While students work with their faculty advisor to discuss options and opportunities, it is the student’s responsibility to research and seek internship opportunities.  

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