The mission of the Doctor of Education in School Improvement Program is to develop, support, and encourage educational leaders as scholarly practitioners prepared to initiate and lead systematic and sustainable improvement in PK - 12 schools.

It is the goal of our program and its faculty that our graduates: 

  • Develop a strong knowledge base on theories and practices in PK - 12 educational leadership, instruction, and applied research.
  • Effectively engage and influence stakeholders with a common purpose towards PK - 12 school improvement.
  • Conduct research that can be applied to initiate and sustain PK - 12 school improvement.
  • Lead evidence-based research efforts to promote and increase equitable student learning and development for all students.

Graduates serve in a wide variety of professional roles, including:

  • Superintendents (assistant and associate)
  • Principals and assistant principals
  • Department and grade-level chairs
  • School improvement specialists
  • Instructional supervisors 
  • Curriculum coordinators 
  • Central office personnel 
  • Teacher-leaders