Credit Hours: 60
The online Ed.D. program in School Improvement 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. Our mission is to develop educational professionals who initiate systemic and sustainable improvement in schools. Graduates will strategically and collaboratively plan, design, implement, and document the impact of educational improvements that promote and increase the academic achievement and social development of all students.
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The Doctor of Education in School Improvement Program offers a unique opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become change agents in the PK - 12 schools they serve. Coursework is offered 100% online.
There are several unique features of the Doctor of Education in School Improvement. These include the following:
- All coursework is delivered through an asynchronous online environment, using a wide variety of instructional technologies.
- Students are required to complete an online orientation.
- The program may be completed in three years; however, many students take four years or more to complete.
- Faculty are nationally recognized, committed to school improvement, and understand the needs of adult learners.
It is extremely important that prospective students review the department's accompanying website where many additional Frequently Asked Questions are answered: http://www.westga.edu/eddsi/
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 60
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
Through a unique synergy of dissertation classes, workshops, and faculty mentoring, students will complete their dissertations simultaneously with coursework.
This program is designed to take three years to complete.
The Areas of Concentration (or AoC) in the School Improvement program are 15 credit hours of electives that comprise 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)
- Special Education
- Early Childhood Education
Another option available to students is to develop a customized AoC. At a minimum, an individualized AoC must meet the following criteria:
- It must have a thematic, cohesive foundation.
- It must consist of a minimum of 15 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 upon admission to the program.
EDSI-9962 - Qualitative Research Methods
This course focuses on the use of qualitative methods of research, including theoretical perspectives and methods of collection and analysis of qualitative data sources in educational studies. It emphasizes analysis of work samples, observations, inquiry data, artifacts, and other sources of data. Students become skilled at using methods of qualitative research to evaluate school improvement issues. In addition, students examine strategies for thematic and other forms of analysis of observational and inquiry data. Throughout the course students collect and analyze school improvement data.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Earned Masters degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in the University of West Georgia. Admission to the Doctor of School Improvement Degree is competitive; consequently students are urged to submit the strongest possible application materials. All applicants, including previous UWG students, must complete all steps of the application process as outlined below. Only applications completed by the deadline will be considered. The department will begin reviewing applications after the deadline, and will contact those applicants selected for interviews within 6-8 weeks.
Step 1–Online Application, Official GRE Scores, and International Students
(A) Complete the online application for graduate studies. The online application requires a $40.00 non-refundable application fee.
(B) A cumulative minimum graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for all graduate course work.
(C) Send official GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing) to the University of West Georgia via ETS. Scores must be no more than 5 years old. No Exceptions. Minimum required scores are Verbal Reasoning- 151, Quantitative Reasoning- 145, and Analytical Writing- 4.0.
(D) International applicants must follow additional procedures of the UWG International Office.
Step 2- Submit supplemental items
What is to be submitted?
(A) Writing Sample: Submit previously written work (5-10 pages in length) that you feel demonstrates your writing abilities. Written work can include papers from graduate degree work or work reports.
(B) Three Letters of Recommendation: Electronic Recommendation Request forms will be available after your application has been submitted online. At least one of the letters must be from a current or past supervisor.
(C) Vitae: A vitae listing education and employment history, experience with school improvement, and awards and recognitions. Provide your current and complete contact information, including an active e-mail address.
(D) Official Transcripts: Request official transcripts from all institution(s) that you have attended, both undergraduate and graduate, to be sent to Graduate Admissions. Electronic official transcripts may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org directly from the sending institution. All applicants must have earned a Master's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
(E) Essay: Complete a 750-1,000 word essay that discusses your personal goals related to school improvement. In your essay, include any literature (e.g., research article) that has informed your professional practice or otherwise influenced you. (Include appropriate APA citations.)
If you are mailing any items, the address is:
UWG Graduate Admissions
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Finalists will be selected for a telephone or virtual interview.
Thanks again for your interest and best of luck!
Graduate Application Deadlines: Click Here
The Doctorate In School Improvement Program Website includes a directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.
Please visit the Graduate School Deadlines page here.
It is the goal of our program and its faculty that our graduates:
- Develop a strong knowledge base on theories and practices in PK - 12 educational leadership, instruction, and applied research.
- Effectively engage and influence stakeholders with a common purpose towards PK - 12 school improvement.
- Conduct research that can be applied to initiate and sustain PK - 12 school improvement.
- Lead evidence-based research efforts to promote and increase equitable student learning and development for all students.