Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Dr. Burt in an Educational Leadership class.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. Read more about the Master of Arts in educational leadership.

Career opportunities

After graduating from this program, you will be prepared for positions of prominence as a K-12 building level principal or other administrator, higher education administrator or executive director of a nonprofit organization.


Internship experiences

Student's internship work within this program consists of two distinct experiences. First, students complete related field activities for each course, with the goal of extending the traditional classroom environment to the field, logging a minimum of three to five hours of field experiences for their courses. Such field experiences and the relationship of theory to practice are discussed in each class. This contextual learning configuration makes learning more relevant and allows the student the opportunity to better understand the link between theory and practice. Students maintain a log of activities and contact hours with his or her mentors. It is also anticipated that mentors will provide students with other related experiences throughout the completion of the master's degree. The duration of the internship runs concurrently with the student’s master's degree. 

The second part of the internship is the capstone course or EDLD 6792. The capstone is the final course taken in the performance-driven leadership curriculum. The capstone experience in the Master of Arts in educational leadership is an intensive internship coupled with independent study designed to meet individual needs and a set of investigative areas to meet more general program needs. Students enrolled in the capstone attend class on a regular basis and are engaged in activities designed to complement internship experiences. This phase of the program is designed to bring clarification and closure to concepts throughout the master's degree. EDLD 6792 consolidates concepts learned in the performance driven leadership curriculum, continuing to merge theory with best practice. Questions arising from coursework and the related internship experiences are discussed and clarified.

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