K-12 Principal Leadership Concentration

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This concentration, which is offered completely online, is designed to prepare a student for the leadership role of being a building principal. Pending approval from MDE, students who complete this concentration will be recommended to receive, from the state of Michigan, the School Administrator Certificate. Program graduates may be endorsed to receive the administration certification outside of Michigan as well (depending on the certification process in state of residence).

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!

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 Louann Bierlein Palmer.

Application information

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis throughout the year. Admission decisions take approximately two weeks after all materials are received.

Note: To complete many course assignments, and to have a mentor for a two-semester principal internship, applicants must be employed within a K-12 setting OR have access to a school setting.

Program course requirements (effective fall 2021)

(All courses are three credit hours)

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
EDLD 6794: Principal Internship II

Program total: 30 credits

Multi-Year Course Offering/Planning Tools


The K-12 Principal master's degree program meets the new standards for the Michigan K-12 administrator certification requirements, CAEP 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 Louann Bierlein Palmer.