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Education - School Improvement, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Online
The online Education - School Improvement programme at University of West Georgia offers a unique opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become the next generation of change agents.
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Overview

The doctoral program in School Improvement is challenging, rigorous, interdisciplinary, and focuses on developing skills in three areas that comprise our core curriculum: Teaching and Learning Leadership for Change Research and Effective Use of Data In addition to our core curriculum, students customize an area of concentration, based on individual needs and interests, to provide a focus for their doctoral studies. 

Moreover, we have designed the program so that we assist our students in conducting and completing their dissertations from day one. Through a unique synergy of dissertation classes, workshops, and faculty mentoring, students will complete their dissertations simultaneously with coursework.

Learning Objectives

  • School Improvement and Reform: Students will move schools and stakeholders in directions that enhance student learning and social development and ultimately benefit society.
  • Leadership: Students will influence others toward a shared commitment to a common purpose
  • Teaching and Learning: Students will understand and use the knowledge based on effective teaching and learning to initiate teacher development and school improvement.
  • Research and the Effective Use of Data: Students will understand, conduct, and apply impactful research in school improvement and reform
  • Scholarly Persuasion: Students will engage in rational discussion informed by and grounded in the knowledge base and research in eduation and school improvement.

Through a unique synergy of dissertation classes, workshops, and faculty mentoring, students will complete their dissertations simultaneously with coursework. Our faculty are nationally recognized, committed to school improvement, understand your needs as an adult online learner, and make the successful completion of your dissertation a priority.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Program Evaluation
  • Dissertation Mentoring I 
  • Leadership for Diversity in the 21st Century
  • Policy Analysis for School Improvement
  • Leadership for Change
  • Models of School Improvement and Reform

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    69

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:

    151

    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

    145

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    4

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • The online application requires a $40.00 non-refundable application fee.
  •  Three Letters of Recommendation: Electronic Recommendation Request forms will be available after your application has been submitted. At least one of the letters must be from a current or past supervisor.
  • Vitae: A vitae listing education and employment history, experience with school improvement, and awards and recognitions. 
  • Official Transcripts: Request official transcripts from all institution(s) that you have attended, both undergraduate and graduate, to be sent to Graduate Admissions. 
  •  Essay: Complete a 750-1,000 word essay that discusses your personal goals related to school improvement.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16821 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    33642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16821 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    20160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10080 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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