Action Research for School Improvement Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
https://www.towson.edu/coe/departments/leadership/grad/schoolimprovement/

Program Director: Dr. Carla Finkelstein
Phone: 410-704-2974
Email: cfinkelstein@towson.edu

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full admission and 2.75 for conditional admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study
  • Certification as a teacher or licensure as a school professional is required
  • This program is offered only as a cohort-based program through the Towson Learning Network.

This 12-unit applied certificate program is designed to prepare experienced educators as change agents for schools and school systems by identifying and responding to issues that need to be addressed for student success. This focus is in keeping with Maryland preK-16 initiatives, Race to the Top (RTTT) and Common Core implementation, and other new directions in education that encourage focused professional development as an alternative to an advanced professional degree.

Required Courses
ILPD 675LEADERSHIP AND ACTION RESEARCH3
ILPD 743LEARNING COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE3
Electives
Select two of the following:6
CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT FOR INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS
EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING FOR CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Total Units12
  1. Students will be able to obtain and utilize data to inform decisions for school improvement.
  2. Students will be able to facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school vision that promotes student success.
  3. Students will be able to identify best practices in teaching and learning and design professional plans for faculty and staff.
  4. Students will be able to examine educational issues through school-based inquiry and professional practice.
  5. Students will be able to develop and promote the integration of technology, research, and information resources into curriculum design and pedagogy.