Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Program description

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, students will be prepared for leadership positions in an educational capacity in institutions and organizations.  Some examples include: K-12 building level principal or other administrator, higher education administrator or executive director of a nonprofit organization.


Prospective students are encouraged to explore the individual concentrations within educational leadership. Each concentration has specific requirements, courses and program coordinator contact information.

Internship experiences

Internship and field experiences for each concentration vary depending on which concentration students choose.  Students in the Higher Education and Students Affairs and Educational and Global Leadership concentrations participate in the EDLD 6792 capstone course. The capstone is a culminating experience taken in the final semester of the performance-driven leadership curriculum. Students enroll in a course where they will complete their performance-driven leadership portfolio and also complete a field-based experiential learning internship.  This phase of the program is designed to bring clarification and closure to concepts explored throughout the master's degree. The capstone internship is an intensive experience, providing the opportunity to put theory into practice. Students enrolled in the capstone attend class either online or in a hybrid format and are engaged in activities designed to complement the internship experience.   While students work with their faculty advisor to discuss options and opportunities, it is the student’s responsibility to research and seek internship opportunities. 


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