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.
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
- Education 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.
- 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
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
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.
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.