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.


The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology hires graduate students (typically doctoral students), as needed, to assist faculty with research and program development. Students applying for any of these positions typically must be enrolled in one of our department's graduate programs, and have familiarity with the educational systems and organizations that our programs prepare students to work in.  

To apply as a new student, or to re-apply as an existing student, please fill out the ELRT DA/GA APPLICATION and send a letter of interest and a current resume to Gretchen St. John no later than February 15 of a given year. Decisions about graduate assistant and doctoral assistant positions are usually made in early spring for the following fall semester. Applicants interested in applying for any WMU fellowships must apply by January 15 of a given year, using the directions posted by the Graduate College.

*ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS CYCLE ADDED: For Fall 2018, in an effort to meet the needs of working professionals (our primary student population), we are adding an additional admissions cycle for students hoping to start their doctoral program in Fall 2018. The firm deadline for ALL materials to be received is May 1, 2018. If you are interested in applying, please contact Ms. Diane Bourgeois ( or 269-387-3893) who will explain the process for this special admissions cycle.

*Doctoral Admissions interviews will be held on Thursday, May 17 or Monday, May 21. 

Academic programs


Additional 2017 Date to Apply for Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
May 1, 2017, has been established as an additional deadline for those applicants interested in starting the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership during Summer II or Fall 2017. For more information, click here

AAUW Educational Funding and Awards
Encourage your women graduate students and scholars to apply for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship. Deadline Dec. 1, 2017. For more information, click here.

Special Topics Courses - Summer I 2018

EMR 6970: Special Topics: Computer Applications for Educational Research

Special Topics Courses - Fall 2018
EMR 6550: Quasi and Experimental Design

Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology ranked among the nation's best
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CEHD alum named associate vice president - April 18

Veteran educator, prolific researcher named ACE fellow - April 5

Assistant professor selected as reviewer for state systemic improvement plans - April 2

Student earns awards from national, state recreational sports groups - March 5

Gothberg to deliver keynote address at transition conference - Feb. 28

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