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Master of Science (MS) Degree in Education Improvement & Transformation

Drexel University School of Education

Today’s​ ​educational​ ​leaders​ ​seek​ ​to​ ​transform​ ​their​ education​ ​policy​ programs​ ​and connect​ ​with​ ​students​ ​in​ ​new​ ​ways.​ ​Educational​ ​organizations​ ​are​ ​constantly​ ​setting new​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​making​ ​sweeping​ ​changes​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​their​ ​students​ ​more​ ​effectively.​ ​It takes​ ​real​ ​knowledge​ ​and​ ​outside-the-box​ ​thinking​ ​to​ ​make​ ​effective​ ​changes.

Drexel​ ​University’s​ Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​(MS)​ in​ ​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​and Transformation​ ​degree​ ​program​ ​gives​ ​educators​ ​the​ ​foundation​ ​they​ ​need to​ ​lead​ ​significant​ ​initiatives​ ​in​ ​education​ ​policy​ ​to​ ​get​ ​meaningful​ ​results.

What​ ​Can​ ​You​ ​Do​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Degree​ ​in​ ​Education Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation?

Graduate​ ​students​ ​enrolled​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​(MS)​ ​in​ ​Education​ ​Improvement and​ ​Transformation​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Drexel​ ​University​ ​have​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of career​ ​paths​ ​to​ ​choose​ ​from.​ ​The​ ​Transformative​ ​Teaching​ ​program​ ​prepares students​ ​for​ ​leadership​ ​positions​ ​in​ ​several​ ​educational​ ​settings,​ ​including​ ​public​ ​and private​ ​schools,​ ​colleges​ ​and​ ​universities,​ ​national​ ​associations,​ ​government organizations,​ ​not-for-profit​ ​organizations,​ ​learning​ ​science​ ​organizations,​ ​and​ ​more.

​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation​ ​-​ ​Master’s​ ​Program​ ​Options

The​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation​ ​degree​ ​program​ ​at​ ​Drexel University​ ​is​ ​an​ ​online-only​ ​program.

It’s​ ​an​ ​entirely​ ​new​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​obtaining​ ​a​ ​graduate​ ​degree,​ ​allowing​ ​students​ ​total flexibility​ ​to​ ​study​ ​the​ ​topics​ ​most​ ​relevant​ ​to​ ​their​ ​career​ ​growth.​ Graduate​ ​students work​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​academic​ ​advisors​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​plan​ ​of​ ​study​ ​that​ ​complements​ ​their career​ ​objectives.​ ​Our​ ​advisors​ ​counsel​ ​their​ ​students​ ​in​ ​managing​ ​coursework, meeting​ ​program​ ​requirements​ ​and​ ​ensuring​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​program.

If​ ​you​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​to​ ​the​ ​academic​ ​advisor​ ​for​ ​this​ ​program,​ ​please​ ​visit​ ​the Academic​ ​Advisor​ ​Directory​.

Graduate​​ ​Education Program​ ​Eligibility

The​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Educational​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation​ ​program​ ​is structured​ ​around​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​concentration​ ​sets​ ​in​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​topics. To​ ​qualify​ ​for​ ​a​ ​master’s​ ​degree,​ ​students​ ​must​ ​complete​ ​four​ ​of​ ​the​ ​12​ ​professional development​ ​concentration​ ​sets:

  • Collaborative​ ​Special​ ​Education​ ​Law​ ​&​ ​Process
  • Creativity​ ​&​ ​Innovation
  • Educational​ ​Policy
  • E-Learning​ ​Leadership
  • Evaluation​ ​&​ ​Assessment
  • Instructional​ ​Design
  • Leadership​ ​in​ ​Educational​ ​Settings
  • Learning​ ​in​ ​Game-Based​ ​Environments
  • Learning​ ​Technologies
  • Special​ ​Education​ ​Leadership
  • Urban​ ​Education
  • Custom​ ​Concentration

Through​ ​the​ ​education​ ​policy​ ​and​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​concentrations, students​ ​gain​ ​a​ ​broad​ ​base​ ​of​ ​knowledge​ ​in​ ​several​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​education.​ ​The​ ​degree program​ ​curriculum​ ​lets​ ​students​ ​sample​ ​several​ ​areas​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​their​ ​specific interests​ ​and​ ​gain​ ​knowledge​ ​in​ ​those​ ​fields.

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting Drexel Online's Completing Your Application Guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically:
    • How the program relates to your previous educational and professional activities
    • If changing course, why you are moving in this new direction with your educational goals
    • How the program relates to your current line of work
    • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
  • Additional requirements for International Students

​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​&​ ​Transformation​ ​Program​ ​-​ ​Courses​ ​&​ ​Curriculum

The​ ​Educational​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation ​master’s​ ​program​ ​is​ ​a 45-credit​ ​program​. The​ ​master’s​ ​program​ ​concentration​ ​sets​ ​include​ ​coursework​ ​in​ ​areas​ ​such​ ​as assessment,​ ​strategic​ ​partnership,​ ​change​ ​leadership,​ ​educational​ ​policy, disabilities,​ ​virtual​ ​schools,​ ​charter​ ​schooling,​ ​home​ ​schooling,​ ​community engagement​ ​&​ ​development,​ ​urban​ ​education,​ ​school​ ​boards,​ ​and​ ​financing education.​ ​Students​ ​also​ ​complete​ ​an​ ​elective​ ​of​ ​their​ ​choice.​ ​Additional​ ​professional development​ ​concentrations​ ​may​ ​be​ ​developed​ ​on​ ​a​ ​topical​ ​needs​ ​or​ ​special population-based​ ​basis.

Capstone Courses

Students in the MS in Education Improvement and Transformation program complete a research capstone course where they are introduced to various types of research designs and learn to be both consumers and producers of research. Following completion of the research course, students will complete a capstone experience by selecting one of the two-course multi-disciplinary sequence options below:

  • Thesis (Part I and II) - Students who select this option will be required to complete a master’s thesis which consists of a well-written research paper, comprised of five chapters that posits a research question and uses logical arguments & data to address/answer a gap in research
  • Lesson Study (Part I and II) - Students who select this option will be required to complete a research-based lesson design and analysis project
  • Practitioner Course (Part I and II) - Students who select this option will be required to complete a master’s project. Examples include: A reform initiative narrative, program or grant proposal, white paper or policy analysis, or program evaluation

For​ ​the​ ​full​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Education​ ​Improvement​ ​and​ ​Transformation curriculum,​ ​please​ ​see​ ​the​ Drexel​ ​University​ ​Course​ ​Catalog.​

How​ ​to​ ​Apply​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​in Education​ ​Improvement​ ​&​ ​Transformation​ ​Program

The MS in Education Improvement & Transformation program is offered 100% online. You can get started by filling out the Drexel Online application.