Ph.D. On Campus

School Improvement

Texas State University

765 USD/credit 48195 USD/full
765 USD/credit 48195 USD/full
357 USD/credit 22491 USD/full
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This School Improvement program from Texas State University prepares educational leaders, policymakers, and researchers to facilitate educational improvement in local, state, national, and international contexts.


Recognized by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as a national model for creating equity-oriented leaders, the program emphasizes the improvement of PK–12 teaching and learning through the development of systems-level processes and structures and prioritizes educational leadership as a practice integrating school and community contexts.

Program Mission

The School Improvement program from Texas State University is designed for professionals in a variety of educational roles who wish to develop and enhance their capacity for facilitating ongoing educational improvement. The program offers the opportunity to conduct research to inform practice and to prepare educational practitioners.

The program develops skills in the following areas:

  • transformational school leadership
  • culturally responsive leadership
  • professional development
  • curriculum development 
  • instructional improvement
  • improvement of student assessment
  • educational philosophies and educational research with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies

Career Options

Doctoral students in this program may be preparing for roles including:

  • superintendent
  • principal
  • assistant principal
  • university professor
  • department chair or team leader
  • instructional supervisor
  • curriculum coordinator

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Educational Philosophy in a Social Context
  • Team Development in Education
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Models of Inquiry: Understanding Epistemologies
  • Advanced Studies in Adult Learning and Development
  • Community Development for Educators
  • Foundations of School Improvement
  • Facilitating School Improvement
  • Curriculum and Instructional Leadership

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General requirements

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • master's degree in a field related to the proposed studies from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.5 GPA in all completed graduate course work
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose (approximately 500 words) describing background and professional goals, including your rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree
  • three recommendation forms addressing your professional and academic background.
  • possible interview with program faculty
  • possible academic writing sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    48195 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit
  • National

    48195 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit
  • In-State

    22491 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 357 USD per credit

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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