The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts K-12 program geared to prepare prospective principals, a K-12 Ph.D., a higher educational leadership Ph.D., an organizational analysis Ph.D., a workforce education and development Ph.D. program in conjunction with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master of Arts in higher education student affairs degree.

Accreditations and external program review

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Educational Leadership Constituent Consortium for the new year


The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology is a graduate intensive department that develops diverse, ethical leaders and scholars who have the skills and knowledge to bring innovative solutions to current problems and challenges.


ELRT will offer distinctive graduate programs that are the first choice for individuals seeking to be transformational leaders and scholars.

Core values

ELRT is a community of scholars and learners who value:

  • Action
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Innovation
  • Service

Five main strategic priorities

Goal one

Provide program offerings that better serve the demands of a changing population and market by engaging in an ongoing process of assessment, evaluation, alignment and re-alignment.

Goal two

Increase student satisfaction, retention and contributions by developing a greater "sense of community" within programs, the ELRT department and WMU.

Goal three

Reach and maintain optimal enrollment numbers and graduation rates through effective and efficient recruitment and program support emphasizing the importance of a diverse and inclusive community.

Goal four

Enhance innovative and discovery-driven teaching, scholarship and service through faculty selection, development and increased levels of support.

Goal five

Better support the work of the department by leveraging existing and new resources.