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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership

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Advisors: Walter Burt, Brett Geier, Joseph Kretovics, Nancy Mansberger, Dennis McCrumb, Sue Poppink, Patricia Reeves, Jianping Shen
Room 3571, Sangren Hall.

The Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) prepares individuals for leadership roles in K-12 educational administrative positions.  The Ed.S. is a degree appropriate for students wishing to initially earn a post-master’s, but not doctoral, degree.  Persons seeking admission to the Ed.S. program should be clear about academic and professional goals and aspirations.  Students are cautioned that satisfactory completion of courses prior to admission to the Department program does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Ed.S. program should review the application requirements found at http://www.wmich.edu/leadership/academics/ed-leadership/specialist. Admission deadlines, criteria for admission, and application materials can be found on the department website.

Program Requirements

A program of study consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree and leads to an Ed.S. degree. In addition to the Ed.S. degree, a student can be recommended to receive endorsement from the state as a central office administrator, if the appropriate courses are completed as follows (or equivalents as determined by the student’s advisor):


  • 6 credit hours from Master’s degree or other courses as approved by the advisor to meet the student’s program needs.


Depending on a student’s goals, an Ed.S. program of study (equaling at least 60 credits) other than the list of courses noted above may be developed by that student’s advisor. This may lead to receipt of an Ed.S. degree and a recommendation to receive, from the state, the K-12 Administrator Certificate and the basic principal endorsements.

Upon completion of an Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership from WMU, any such student admitted to the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership will be able to count up to 60 graduate credit hours towards the 90 credit hour (post bachelors) required within that Ph.D. degree. This means that for such students, not withstanding any other policy, the minimum credit hours required to be taken at WMU after admission to such a doctoral program is 30 credit hours (including dissertation credits). There is also no specific number of courses prescribed in order to meet the residency requirement for students within the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership program.

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