William Smith, Ed.D.

National Faculty,
Department of Leadership and Administration

Dr. William Smith has enjoyed serving students of all ages throughout his varied career. He has been a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels and also has numerous experiences in serving the needs of adult learners. Additionally, he has been a leader in building-level, district-level, and state and national-level school reform.

More recently, Dr. Smith has served a building principal of a large comprehensive high school; a district-level superintendent of a K-12 school district; and ultimately a theorist as the leader of an intermediate school district’s efforts to reform secondary education in one of the highest achieving counties in Michigan. His experiences include successful federal grant writing, leadership in professional education organizations, and professional development for all levels of educators. His passion for the learning process continues to fuel his drive to support others on their quest to be more impactful educators.

Education

  • Bachelor's in History
    Grand Valley State
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership
    Northcentral University
  • Master's in Educational Leadership
    Western Michigan University

Research Interests

  • School reform
  • Student achievement

Program Affiliations

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of a wide range of curriculum development and instructional methods that can improve teaching and learning in diverse educational settings.

64

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Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of methods of instructional technology for a wide range of educational settings. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

64

Semester Credits

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Ed.D. in Leadership Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

64

Semester Credits

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Master of Education

Designed to help you become a school principal, this program will teach you to effectively lead, run, and manage a P-12 school.

34

Semester Credits

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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

16

Semester Credits

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M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership Master of Education

This degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help other teachers reach their full potential. You’ll learn to interpret research on leadership models, teacher evaluation, and motivation, and use it to develop professional learning opportunities that promote continuous improvement

31

Semester Credits

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Certificate in Teacher Leadership Certificate

Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to learn how to support other teachers through learning how to help them reach their potential in teaching.

18

Semester Credits

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