Oct 02, 2022  
Graduate Catalog 2018-19 
    
Graduate Catalog 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership


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Advisors: D. Eric Archer, Andrea Beach, Louann Bierlein Palmer, Brett Geier, Regina Garza Mitchell, Wanda Hadley, Joseph Kretovics, Ramona Lewis, Nancy Mansberger, Dennis McCrumb, Sue Poppink, Patricia Reeves, Jianping Shen, and Donna Talbot
Room 3571 Sangren Hall.

The Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology offers a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with concentrations in four areas:  (1) K-12 School Principal Leadership; (2) K-12 School Principal Leadership and Interscholastic Athletic Administration; (3) Education and Global Leadership; and (4) Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership.

The master’s program prepares leaders for a variety of roles in private and public settings.  Each concentration includes a leadership core, a specialty core, and a capstone experience.  A Performance-Driven Leadership model is used within this program that emphasizes the transfer of theory into practice.  Students actively engage in a number of activities while exploring effective leadership constructs.

Persons who wish to apply to the Educational Leadership master’s are urged to review the application requirements found at www.wmich.edu/leadership/academics/ed-leadership/master/admissions through this website, applicants will find a link to the online application system, Apply Now. Satisfactory completion of courses prior to admission to a Department program does not guarantee admission.

K-12 School Principal Leadership, 30 hours


This concentration is designed to prepare students for leadership roles as building principals. Students who complete this concentration will be recommended to receive, from the state, the Administrator Certificate, with the Elementary/Secondary Administrator K-12 Building Endorsement.

K-12 School Principal Leadership and Interscholastic Athletic Administration


This concentration is designed to prepare a student for the leadership role of being a building principal, as well as an athletic director. Pending approval from MDE, students who complete this concentration will be recommended to receive, from the state of Michigan, the Administrator Certificate, with the Elementary/Secondary Administrator K-12 Building Endorsement. Program graduates may be endorsed to receive the administration certification outside of Michigan as well (depending on the certification process in state of residence).

Leadership Core


The required courses in the leadership core include:

Interscholastic Athletic Administration Core


Courses required within the Interscholastic Athletic Administration Core include:

Educational and Global Leadership, 30 hours


This concentration is designed for graduate students who wish to develop and enhance their educational leadership knowledge and skills for use within organizations that may fall outside of traditional U.S. K-12 or post-secondary educational institutions. It is created for students who would like to make an impact within non-profit, government agencies, foundations, or other organizations that have an educational component. It is also designed for students who desire a more global perspective on educational leadership issues.

Leadership Core


The required courses in the leadership core include:

Electives


3 hours approved by the advisor.

Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Leadership, 39 hours


This concentration is designed to prepare students to be reflective practitioners for entry and mid-level positions in student affairs and other related administrative positions in higher education. This can include positions in admissions, academic advising, residence life, student activities, financial aid, career services, and offices designed to support and retain historically under-served student populations. The concentration emphasizes a scholar-practitioner model to combine a broad-based student development and leadership theory core with required individualized field experiences. Distinctive to HESA is an emphasis on the centrality of diversity and inclusiveness in higher education: one of the ways this is actualized is through a required and individually designed Diversity Cognate.

Six credits within a required diversity cognate approved by faculty advisor.


Note:


HESA Specialty Core courses are open to the following students: Educational Leadership Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters; Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Certificate program; Educational Leadership Higher Education PhD. Others may register with instructor approval.

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