Area of Concentration (AoC)
The Area of Concentration (or AoC) in the School Improvement program provides a specialized, thematic concentration to the student's studies. Made up of 12 credit hours of electives and the student's dissertation, the AoC comprises a student's focus within the program. Specific AoC's are developed in conjunction with various departments within the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. Currently, the available AoC's include:
- School Counseling
- Educational Leadership
- K-12 Online Learning
- Instructional Technology
- Media Specialist
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL's) UWG no longer offers ESOL courses, but you can take the courses elsewhere and transfer.
- Special Education (General Curriculum)
Additional Areas of Concentration may be developed, Please check this page often.
Another option available to students is to develop a customized AoC. At a minimum, an individual AoC must meet the following criteria:
- It must have a thematic, cohesive foundation.
- It must consist of a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit.
- The coursework must be post-Masters level.
- It must be approved by the Director of the Ed.D. Program in School Improvement.
- It must have been completed within seven years of the date of admission to the Ed.D. degree program.
- A grade of B or higher must have been earned in the coursework.
A customized AoC does not have to be taken only at our University. If you want a specialized, unique Area of Concentration, you can "assemble" one from another institution (either online or face-to-face), provided it meets the minimum criteria listed above AND that the hours were completed at an accredited institution. These hours could then be transferred into the program.
**Please note that any customized AoC must be pre-approved by the Program Director. Please contact the Director with any questions about this policy.**