Achieve the necessary skills to excel in the field of education administration and school management with the Rank I Master of Arts in School Improvement.
M.A. School Improvement – Rank I Overview
With Campbellsville University’s online master’s in school improvement, you will be prepared to move beyond the traditional teaching role and into an administrative position in school governance or professional development. The program is ideal for classroom teachers who wish to take on leadership positions within their institution.
Through the coursework, you will acquire the fundamentals of the continuous improvement approach to educational planning and management, as well as the tools that help facilitate planning and teamwork within a professional environment. You will study how to help teachers develop an understanding on how curriculum, instruction and assessment are connected and the current trends in the supervision and evaluation of student progress.
Additionally, you’ll examine the effective practices relevant to working with students of different ethnicities in the school environment to help promote equal learning opportunities, along with how to best serve students who are in special education, are gifted and talented or are at risk. The master’s program also teaches ethics and school governance principles and effective professional development. The degree also includes a practical school improvement project, in which candidates can discover ways to solve issues or improve areas within the school, such as test scores, and analyze their findings.
Our online master’s in school improvement was crafted by the education program’s faculty members who infuse their practical, real-world experiences into their curriculum. The degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The fully online degree offers the flexibility and convenience of being able to complete coursework when it best fits your schedule.
The online master’s in school improvement can be completed in two years and consists of 30 credit hours. You can choose from nine professional specialty options to tailor your degree toward your goals.
Take all of the following:
ED 701: Planning and Leading School Improvement
This course provides educators with foundational knowledge of the continuous improvement approach to educational planning and management. The course emphasizes the best practices associated with planning, continuous improvement, and quality in education. The course will enable educators to implement tools that facilitate planning and teamwork in a professional environment.
ED 702: CIA Connections (Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment)
This course focuses on assisting educators to develop an understanding of connections of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in planning and implementing P-12 curricula. Study will include alternatives designs for school curriculum, delivery and assessment of instructional programs, current trends in supervision and assessment of student progress. The course will analyze the planned educational experiences offered by a school and evaluate them for CIA connections that will promote student
ED 703: Ethics and School Governance
This course provides a broad overview of the legal and ethical dimensions of professional practice in American public education. The course offers educators the opportunity to develop a working
knowledge of the American legal system and professional ethics and develop an understanding of how these interface. The course highlights selected key issues facing the public school system with special attention given to school-based decision making.
ED 704:Nature and Needs of Diverse Populations
This course examines effective practices necessary for educators to work with different ethnicities in the education community to promote equal learning opportunities. It includes a study of
diverse cultural patterns among families and appropriate mechanisms for involving all families in school programs. An overview of special education is included with examination of four major types of diverse learners: special education, multicultural, gifted and talented, and students at risk. The course will explore how these groups of learners can best be served using effective instructional and behavior management strategies.
ED 705: Effective Professional Development
A study of professional development practices critical to impacting student learning. The course will include development of skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating effective professional development programs. This is the capstone course for the Rank I program where students will submit their culminating projects.
Courses vary depending on the candidate’s choice of studies.
- Curriculum emphasis
- Special education emphasis
- Gifted education endorsement
- ESL endorsement
- Environmental education endorsement
- Content specialization
- Interdisciplinary early childhood education
- Director of special education
- Information technology
In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited online master’s in school improvement, prospective students must submit or complete the following:
- Complete the online application
- Official college transcripts with a complete record of all courses attempted from each college or university attended
- Valid teaching certificate
Costs & Financial Aid
The online master’s in school improvement costs $399 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.
There are several academic, performance and diversity scholarships available for school improvement students.
A maximum of 12 credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university can be transferred into this program.
Campbellsville University is a military-friendly school and a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program. Students who are currently serving at home or abroad or are veterans can further their education in a conducive online environment.
Careers in School Improvement
After graduating from our online master’s in school improvement, you can pursue a career as an administrator in elementary, secondary or postsecondary schools. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that elementary and secondary school administrators earned a median wage of $94,390 per year as of May 2017, while administrators at the postsecondary level earned a median annual salary of $92,360.
Why CU Online?
Focused on Your Growth
Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.
Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.
Affordable and Convenient
Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.
Campbellsville University is traditionally fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Benefits of Learning Online
Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Yes, you can transfer up to 72 credits for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You can view more information on transferring credits on the transfer credits page.
Yes. You will have to complete the FAFSA form, and we will then determine your eligibility for any financial aid. Visit our financial aid page to learn more about your options, which include scholarships and grants.
You can apply to our online degree programs through the online application form. Remember to submit official copies of your high school and/or college transcripts, along with any other required documentation that is specific to your degree program. You can visit the admissions process page to learn more about what to expect throughout the process.