College of Education

School Improvement

Doctorate in Education
Program Strengths
  • Program offers a unique opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become change agents in the schools they serve.
  • 60-hour program includes courses focusing on leadershipfor change, teaching and learning, school reform, diversity, policy analysis, and research methods.
  • The program is grounded in research knowledge and skills, technological competence, teaching and learning processes, and a commitment to diversity.
  • NCATE accredited.
  • Georgia PSC accredited.
  • SACS accredited.  
Special Opportunities
  • Graduates strategically and collaboratively plan, design, implement and document the impact of educational improvement programs that bring all students to high levels of academic achievement and social development.
  • Each spring, up to 25 individuals are selected to form a cohort group that begin coursework that summer. The cohort group progresses through coursework and dissertations together, although dissertation work is individualized.
Job Opportunities
  • Teacher leaders
  • Department and grade-level chairs
  • Principals and assistant principals
  • Staff developers
  • School improvement specialists
  • Instructional supervisors
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Central office personnel
  • Superintendents (and assistant and associate)
  • Government agency administrators or consultants
  • Private consultants
  • University faculty  
Faculty Specialties/Interests
  • Action research
  • Data-driven instructional decision making
  • Legal and ethical leadership
  • Research for school improvement
  • Models of school improvement and reform
  • Leadership for change
  • State and local applications of school improvement
  • Leadership for diversity in the 21st century
  • Instructional supervision
  • Instructional design
  • School culture and climate