• Faculty and Staff of ELRT

    Faculty and staff in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology.

  • Dominican Republic phd cohort and Dr. Dunn

    2016 Dominican Republic Ph.D. cohort with President Dunn.

  • Doctoral and graduate assistants in ELRT

    The 2015-16 doctoral and graduate assistants in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology.

  • retirees

    Faculty and staff leaving the department: Dr. Eli Collins-Brown, Dr. Fernando Andrade, Dr. Daniel Gaymer, Mary McCrumb, Dr. Frank Jeremy (left). Retirement Celebration for Dr. Donald Thompson, Dr. Robert Leneway, Dr. Charles Warfield (right.)

  • cehd grad academic opportunity award

The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University offers programs that blend theory and best practices to prepare students for current and future challenges and make them more competitive in the job market.

Academic programs


Western Michigan University - Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology ranked among the nation's best

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Ran Shi, doctoral student in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research, earned an award for her poster entitled An Examination of the Precision of Cluster Randomized Trials Funded by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences at the Tenth Annual WMU Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day

Special Topic Summer I/II 2016 courses

EDT 6460 Special Topic: Project Based Learning

Participants are provided with the resources, skills, and practice they need to create truly effective inquiry-oriented activities that focus on higher-level thinking skills in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet.  Participants learn how the instructional strategy of using an authentic task as the basis for a lesson or unit can be adapted to every content area, and will direct student learning to enhance interactive, student-centered, cooperative learning.  Participants will also be introduced to classroom management methods for effectively integrating project-based learning.

EDLD 6890 Special Topic: Leading Educational Changes: Lessons from the Field

This special topic course will provide a comprehensive exploration in the practices and theoretical foundations of educational change.  We will examine successful school reform initiatives to better understand how and why they worked.  Some of the reasons why some school reform initiatives fail will also be examined.  see our flyer.

EDLD 6890: Special Topic:  The Social Justice Mission of the Community College

What role do community colleges play in serving the public good?  Are these colleges truly democracy's colleges or are they instruments of stratification?  We will explore these and other questions as we learn more about the role of community colleges in U.S. higher education.  see our flyer.

EDT 6460: Special Topic: Emerging Tech and Trends in ED

This seminar style course will explore research-based reports about emerging technologies and trends in Education.  Students will explore all aspects of an emerging technology and a trend in teaching and learning with technology of their choice.  Through a collaborative process, students will create a research-based report for their chosen audience based on their explorations.  If you have taken EDT 6440 Advanced Educational Technology, this will enhance what you learned in that course.