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School Improvement

The coursework in school improvement (SI) is consistent with a growing knowledge base within the K-12 environment. The coursework will prepare school leaders in a variety of roles (lead teachers, supervisors, staff developers, central office administrators, principals, superintendents, etc…) for leadership focused on the “technical core” of schooling: curriculum, instruction, and assessment. To this end, students in this program will develop skills in transformational school leadership, professional development, curriculum development, instructional improvement, improvement of student assessment, and databased whole-school improvement. 


Graduates in School Improvement hold such positions as
Teacher-leader Curriculum coordinator
Department chair Government agency administrator or consultant
Principal or assistant principal Superintendent (or assistant or associate)
Staff Developer Private consultant
Instructional supervisor University Faculty (e.g. Ed leadership, teacher education)

SI COURSEWORK (for a printable checklist, click here)

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CORE COURSES 18 hours
COURSE
YEAR 1 FALL SEMESTER
ED 7311 Educational Philosophy in a Social Context (3 hours)
ED 7364 Team Development in Education (3 hours)
YEAR 1 SPRING SEMESTER
ED 7312 Leadership and Organizational Change (3 hours)
ED 7315 Models of Inquiry: Understanding Epistemologies (3 hours)
YEAR 1 SUMMER SESSION
ED 7313 Advanced Studies in Adult Learning and Development (3 hours)
ED 7314 Community Development for Educators (3 hours)
MAJOR COURSES 12 hours
School Improvement (SI)
YEAR 2 FALL SEMESTER
ED 7331 Foundations of School Improvement (3 hours)
YEAR 2 SPRING SEMESTER
ED 7332 Facilitating School Improvement (3 hours)
YEAR 2 SUMMER SESSION
ED 7333 Curriculum and Instructional Leadership (3 hours)
YEAR 3 FALL SEMESTER
ED 7334 Models of Educational Assessment (3 hours)
* Comprehensive Exams may be taken after completion of the above required courses.
RESEARCH COURSES 12 hours
REQUIRED (9 HOURS)
ED 7352 Beginning Qualitative Design and Analysis (3 hours) (Year 2 Fall or Spring)
ED 7351 Beginning Quantitative Research Design and Analysis (3 hours) (Year 2 Fall or Spring)
ED 7341 Dissertation Proposal Development (3 hours) (Year 3 Fall or Spring, after core & research courses)
REQUIRED (3 HOURS): INTERMEDIATE QUALITATIVE OR QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH
ED 7354 Intermediate Qualitative Design and Analysis (3 hours) (Year 2 Summer)
ED 7353 Intermediate Quantitative Design and Analysis (3 hours) (Year 2 Summer)
ELECTIVE COURSES 9 hours
REQUIRED: 9 HOURS OF ELECTIVE
Students decide on their elective courses in consultation with their dissertation advisor and/or faculty mentor. Courses taken as electives must be at the 7000 level. For a current list of available electives see the online Class Schedule.
Elective One (3 hours):
Elective Two (3 hours):
Elective Three (3 hours):
DISSERTATION COURSES 12 hours
REQUIRED: 12 HOURS MINIMUM
ED 7199B, 7299B, 7399B, 7699B, and/or 7999B Dissertation in Education – School Improvement (3 hours)

·         Minimum credit hours for degree completion are 63. Students who exceed 99 credit hours begin paying out of state tuition rates for all hours after 99.
·         Electives may be an individualized combination of approved doctoral level courses that suit the student’s educational goals, including courses from other programs or colleges within the University. Consult with the Program Director to determine course eligibility if uncertain.
·         Electives may also be taken as a pre-set strand, including Principal Certification, Superintendent Certification, and Quantitative Research Certificate.
·         Students may take 1 Independent Study, but may take a 2nd with dissertation chair approval.  
·         Course Override requests should be submitted via our online link: http://www.txstate.edu/clas/ About/Class-Registration-Overrides.html
·         Course eligibility and planning questions may be directed to the Program Director.
·         Students in dissertation hours may take ED 7199B or ED 7299B in summer semesters without prior approval if working over the summer with less/minimal faculty supervision. ED 7199B and ED 7299B may be taken in Fall/Spring semesters if working with minimal faculty supervision but this requires department approval and may only be taken in a maximum of 3 Fall or Spring semesters (in any configuration; ex; 7199B, 7299B, 7199B).