Rebecca Owen 2019 DOTY Award

Congratulations to the 2019 School Improvement Dissertation of the Year Award recipient, Dr. Rebecca Owen!

Her dissertation, "Exploring the Relationship Between Rural Young Adolescents' Expectancy-Values in Reading and their Reading Performance” investigated a critical issue and has valuable practical applications in the field of school improvement.

With reading education being a vital part of the American school system, school improvement inevitably includes providing educators with better training on reading education in K-12 school systems, particularly in rural schools that need more support.

Dr. Owen’s dissertation sheds a different light on reading education, calling attention to a motivational approach to reading, investigating rural adolescents reading performance and their expectancy and value beliefs in this important subject, and studying the relationship between their motivational beliefs and their reading performance.

Congratulations, Dr. Owen!

 

Applications are currently closed for the Summer 2019 Cohort.  Applicants will be notified of admissions            decisions by March 15, 2019.

 Applicants offered admission wll be required to attend a mandatory orientation on the Carrollton campus on       May 29-30, 2019

 

 Why Choose the Doctor of School Improvement Program?

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The Doctor of 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.

  • CPED Logo


    The Doctor of 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 Doctorate 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 come to the Carrollton, GA campus for an intensive two day orientation during the first summer, and participate in an intensive Virtual Dissertation Prep Seminar.
  • The dissertation mentoring courses guide students through the dissertation process.
  • 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.