Learning Improvement Option
The Learning Improvement Option is
designed as a two-year professional applied master's degree that will equip
teachers to meet the 21st century challenges of assessment and improvement.
Graduates will perform as master teachers who have acquired skills of
collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; analyzing contextual influences to
include policy and economics; and developing, implementing and disseminating
coherent and relevant plans for improvement at many levels.
The capstone project requires that graduate candidates develop and implement a
learning improvement project. The project will lead to improvement in the
classroom, the school, the district, or at the state level. The project begins
with the identification of a problem the graduate candidate wants to improve.
For example, at the classroom level, the graduate candidate will identify the
need to improve student's academic skills or civic skills. At the school level,
the graduate candidate will, with the help of other school professionals,
improve parental involvement.
Critical Components to the School Improvement Project
- Choose a problem
- Survey professional literature
- Adopt a theoretical framework to both guide data collection and the development
of the improvement option
- Identify possible barriers
- Collect and analyze data
- Develop learning improvement plan
- Apply learning improvement plan and disseminate results
If this excites you and strikes you as being professionally challenging and fun,
and if you want to learn how to more effectively make a difference in your
classroom, school, and beyond, this degree is for you!