This 30-credit-hour Master's degree concentration in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology is designed to prepare graduate students for a leadership role as a building principal. Students completing this concentration will be recommended to the state of Michigan for K-12 Administrator certification and the basic principal endorsements of elementary and secondary principal.
The K-12 unit has successfully delivered the Educational Leadership MA and K-12 Administrator Certificate in the cohort model that is job embedded by utilizing local and intermediate school district resources and opportunities. The department is willing to create cohorts that target specific school districts, counties, or regions. If you have an interest in starting an educational leadership cohort, please contact Linda Thompson.
97% of WMU K-12 Administrative Candidates are rated Effective or Highly Effective by their school district within their first three years as an administrator!
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis throughout the year. Admission decisions take approximately four weeks after all materials are received.
Program course requirements
(Unless otherwise noted, all courses are three credit hours)
EDLD 6791: Educational Leadership Master's Seminar (An introduction to the program and concepts), one credit
EDLD 6020: Educational Leadership, Systems and Change
EDLD 6300: Data Informed Decision Making, Research and Evaluation
EDLD 6610: School Law and Ethics
EDLD 6620: School Business Management
EDLD 6640: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
EDLD 6670: The Principalship
EDLD 6730: Instructional Leadership and Supervision
EDLD 6740: School Community Relations and Cultural Competence
EDLD 6793: Principal Internship I (field placement)
EDLD 6794: Principal Internship II (capstone class), two credits
Program total: 30 credits
The K-12 Principal master's degree program meets the new standards for the Michigan K-12 administrator certification requirements, NCATE accreditation standards and the guidelines of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), and is Michigan State Department of Education principal preparation program approved.
For additional information and advising
Contact Dr. Linda Thompson by email or at (269) 387-1720.