MS in Education Improvement and Transformation
A Customizable Degree for Educational Professionals
Drexel University’s online Master’s in Education Improvement and Transformation degree program provides the skills and knowledge you need to implement real change and provide thought leadership in the field of education. The degree is designed to help you lead in a variety of educational levels and settings, including K-12 schools, higher education, government, and non-profit organizations. This customizable, largely self-designed program gives you flexibility to select which areas of education you want to learn more about. The education transformation program is ideal for those just beginning their career through those who are mid-career. Previous experience is the education field is not required.
Pathway to Graduation for an MS in Ed Improvement & Transformation Student
The Master’s in Education Improvement and Transformation allows you to customize a program that meets your individual career goals, while allowing you the flexibility of distance-learning. Upon enrollment, you can select three areas of study from multiple professional development concentrations and post-bachelor’s certificate options, while also taking electives from within the School of Education and completing a three-course, research-based capstone project.
There are two pathways to completing the MS in Education Improvement and Transformation degree:
Option 1: Enroll in the program directly
You can apply directly to the online Education Improvement and Transformation MS program. Once accepted into the program, you will pursue three areas of study of your choice. This can be completed by choosing three professional development concentrations, three post-bachelor's certificates (PBCs), or a combination of both - from among six possible PBCs and 15 concentrations.
Option 2: Enroll in stackable certificate programs
You can start by taking one of the certificate programs below and then “stacking” multiple certificate programs together. With this option, you will need to apply to the online MS in Education Improvement and Transformation program no later than by the time of completion of the second certificate program. This option is ideal for those who have already taken one of the certificates below, or those who are not interested in a full master’s degree program at this time.
MS in Education Improvement and Transformation Online Program Features
- Program curriculum is customized to align with your career goals and interests
- A flexible distance-learning program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule
- Ideal for those with or without a previous background in the education field
- Equips innovators with the skills and knowledge needed to incite and implement real change in the field of PK-12, post-secondary, or lifelong learning education
- 45-credit program can be completed in two years
Professional Development Concentration Options
If you choose to enroll in this online master’s program directly, you’ll customize your curriculum by selecting three professional development concentrations and/or post-bachelor’s certificates. The professional development concentrations will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to expand your expertise in these specific areas of education. MS in Education Improvement and Transformation concentrations include:
- Collaborative Special Education Law & Process
Prepare to meet the unique learning needs of students with disabilities, through legally mandated school, home, and community collaboration.
- Creativity & Innovation
Learn how to think like a creative professional, apply creativity to your chosen career, tap into your innate creativity, and investigate strategies to implement your ideas in an educational setting.
- E-Learning Leadership
As the demand for academic programs and courses delivered via e-learning continues to grow, the corresponding need for leadership in this important area increases.
- Education Policy
Gain insight into the policy-making aspect of education, with an emphasis on American policy and the ethics behind creating educational policies.
Learn tools used by successful entrepreneurs and apply your knowledge through social experiential learning experiences.
- Evaluation & Assessment
Even the most successful education institutions need to evaluate their performance. This concentration focuses on the evaluation process and how to effectively assess institutions on multiple levels.
- Higher Education Leadership
Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to begin or advance your career in administration and leadership within the broad field of higher education.
- Instructional Design
Prepare to effectively and efficiently design learning environments in diverse organizational settings using a variety of media.
- Leadership in Educational Settings
Gain the knowledge and skills needed to be a leader in an educational setting, and examine how educational leaders operate by exploring topics such as decision-making and policy.
- Learning in Game-Based Environments
Learn game development processes, how to build basic games, and examine how to assess and evaluate the learning experience as it relates to educational games.
- Learning Analytics
Prepare to make data-driven decisions about education improvement using a broad range of data collection, analytical, and visualization methods.
- Learning Technologies
Explore various aspects of learning technologies, including new media and virtual communities.
- Mind, Brain, and Learning
Study mind, brain, and education science in real-world contexts and apply this knowledge through innovative teaching, assessment, and instructional design in alignment with the human learning process.
- Organization and Talent Development
Gain the capabilities and competencies to lead talent development, coaching and mentoring, and organization development and change initiatives in any organizational setting.
- Urban Education
Learn about the differences and similarities between urban and rural education settings, and how to resolve conflict in urban school settings, among other relevant topics.
Post-Bachelor’s Certificate Options
Like the professional development concentrations, the post-bachelor’s certificate options will help you grow your expertise in specific areas of education. If you complete one of the options below, you will be awarded with a certificate. This means that upon graduation from the Education Improvement and Transformation program, you will have had the opportunity to earn your master’s degree as well as up to three certificates. Post-bachelor’s certificate options include:
- Creativity Tools and Techniques for the Classroom and Workplace
Learn hands-on creative problem-solving techniques that can immediately be used to bring innovation into your work environment.
- Instructional Design for e-Learning
Apply the tools and techniques of instructional design to learning environments from PreK-12 education, higher education, workplace training, and more.
- Learning Analytics
Gain the skills to make data-driven decisions to improve and lead change in educational systems.
- Online Teaching and Learning
Learn the unique skills needed to effectively teach online across diverse settings, including PreK-12, adult education, and corporate settings.
- Organizational and Talent Development
Gain foundational knowledge in talent development, coaching and mentoring, and organization development to help facilitate change in your workplace.
- U.S. Education Policy
Develop an understanding of the U.S. education system, policy, and important issues within education to advance your knowledge as an educator.
Online MS in Ed Improvement & Transformation Program FAQs
Can the Education Improvement and Transformation program be completed 100% online?
This is a completely online program with no on-campus requirements.
Why should I earn an MS in Education Improvement and Transformation?
Drexel’s online MS in Education Improvement and Transformation is designed to help you become a change agent in your school or organization. The curriculum is highly customizable to ensure that your degree is relevant to your needs and goals. And, with multiple pathways to graduation, you can complete this degree in the way that is most convenient for you.
What services are available to online students?
Drexel online students are able to access many of the resources available to on-campus students. You’ll have virtual access to the Drexel Library, the Steinbright Career Development Center, and the Drexel Writing Center, among others.
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Related Educational Degree & Certificate Programs
Drexel University offers multiple online programs that help you bring innovation into the educational space. Whether you’re looking for a master’s degree or a certificate, these programs will prepare you with the skills you need to create a culture of innovation in your classroom, school, and beyond.
- Creativity Tools and Techniques for the Classroom and Workplace Certificate
- MS in Creativity and Innovation
- MS in Learning Technologies
This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.
|Choose three professional development concentrations from the list below:||27.0|
|Collaborative Special Education Law & Process (PDLP)|
||Family, School and Community Engagement in Special Education|
||Special Education Advocacy|
||Special Education Dispute Resolution and Skills Training|
|Creativity & Innovation (PDCR)|
||Tools and Techniques in Creativity|
||Creativity in the Workplace|
||Current Trends in Creativity & Innovation|
|Educational Policy (PDEP)|
||Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications|
||American Educational Policy and U.S. Competitiveness|
|Quantitative Literacy: Interpreting and reporting data for educational policy and research|
||Ethics in Educational Policy Making|
Choose 3 of 4:
||Entrepreneurship Practice & Mindset|
||Entrepreneurship in Education|
||Learning from Failure|
|Evaluation & Assessment (PDEA)|
||Evaluation & Assessment Competencies|
|Institutional Assessment, Accreditation and Effectiveness|
||Quantitative Literacy: Interpreting and reporting data for educational policy and research|
|Higher Education Leadership (PDHE)|
||Foundations of Higher Education and Governance|
||Legal Issues & Ethics in Higher Education|
||Institutional Assessment, Accreditation and Effectiveness|
|Neurodiversity in Education and Workforce|
|Instructional Design for eLearning (CIDL)|
||Instructional Design Methods|
||Instructional Design: Project Management|
||Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning|
|Leadership in Educational Settings (PDLD)|
||Creativity and Change Leadership|
||School and Community Partnerships and Relations|
||Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems|
|Mentoring and Collaborative Leadership|
|Learning Analytics (PDLA)|
||Learning Analytics: Lenses on students, teaching, and curriculum enactment|
||Information Enabled Change in Educational Organizations|
||Using Data to Understand Educational Systems|
|Learning in Game-based Environments (PDLG)|
||Foundations of Game-Based Learning|
||Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture|
||Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge|
|Lifelong Learning (CLLN)|
||Learning through the Lifespan|
||Lifelong Learning Models & Best Practices|
||Principles of Adult Learning|
|Mind, Brain, and Learning (PDMB)|
||Mind, Brain and Learning|
||Neurodiversity in Education and Workforce|
||Neuropedagogy and Assessment|
|Online Teaching and Learning (COTL)|
Choose 3 of 4:
||The Learning Sciences|
||Using and Integrating Learning Technologies|
||Instructional Design Methods|
||Learning Technologies & Disabilities|
|Organization and Talent Development (PDHR)|
||Foundations of Human Resources Development|
||Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning|
||Organization Development and Change|
|Urban Education (PDUE)|
||Diversity and Today's Teacher|
|Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Education|
||Leading in Urban, Rural and Suburban Settings|
||Resource Management, Allocation and Entrepreneurship|
|Educating for Peace, Social Justice, and Human Rights|
Students can choose 9 credits of School of Education electives with advisor assistance *
|Students have the option to select one of the following capstone tracks:|
||Practitioner Capstone Course I|
||Practitioner Capstone Course II|
||Thesis Capstone Course I|
||Thesis Capstone Course II|
- *Electives include graduate courses in ELL, EDGI, EDLT, EDAM, EDLS, EDHE, SCL, CRTV, EHRD, EDPO, EDEX, EDUC, and MTED with course numbers 500-799.
Students have the option to select from the Practitioner or Thesis Capstone track during Second Year, Spring and Summer Terms.
Note: Second Year Summer may be less than the 4.5-credit minimum required (considered half-time status) of graduate programs to be considered financial aid eligible. As a result, aid would not be disbursed to students this term.
- 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 our 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’re 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 tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1079 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1438 per credit)
For academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
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